So today they had a Remembering Northern State event at the site of the hospital. Here are some views of the buildings as we arrived and walked to the speakers.
Here are the posters they had explaining its history.
We had the beagle with us so we decided to do the walking tour of the grounds rather than listen to the speakers.
This is a video of the inside of the hospital which Tom took in 2018 when he was working salvage.
So we then drove toward the farm of the hospital and stopped to have a picnic. The idea of the picnic came when I was accidentally sent recipes from a Jane Austen picnic presentation by Paul Couchman. Yesterday I prepared Gooseberry Fool, Cold Chicken Pies, Artichoke Pies, Rout Cakes, Salamagundy, Macerated Strawberries and Lemonade. And I was able to use our vintage picnic basket for the first time.
Here is the food all assembled.
And I cut the pies open to be able to see the contents (plus I could only finish two 1/2 pies).
It was all very good. The gooseberries are a little weird, and there was a lot of red onions in the Salamagundy. The cakes were really yummy, flavored with rose and orange waters.
Then we took the beagle and walked around the farm. Here are the old dairy buildings.
With some of the decay you can see the construction of these buildings.
We decided not to walk to the horse barn.
This is one of the food processing buildings.
We had to visit Al’s plaque to make sure there was no bird poop on it.
It was a nice day. I wished had more time to listen to the speakers, but I did buy a couple of books I didn’t already have about the hospital. It is a fascinating story.
The Seattle Times just did a documentary about Northern State, and we watched it this evening. It was interesting. It is great that they have finally opened up the records for families to try to find their loved ones. We have been to the cemetery before, but it has been a while. I am so thankful for the people who are working to preserve the gravestones and identify them.