The Crosby House

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Just south of Olympia, in the city of Tumwater stands this simple little house. As you can probably tell by the signboard in the photo this house is special. Built in 1858 by Nathaniel Crosby III for his wife Cordelia Jane Smith, (Singer Bing Crosby's grandparents.) it is one of the oldest wood frame houses in the state. For a more detailed history of this house click here.


  1. brian Says:

    beautiful shot! looks like a picture perfect post card setting =)

  2. gogouci Says:

    Beautifully quaint.

  3. Lois Says:

    What an adorable house! I love the roof and the porch. Is the public allowed to go inside? I would love to take a tour.

  4. Frank Says:

    The house is terrific. I am a big fan of preservation so saving it is a very good thing. I'm smiling and must comment on your Powell's Books story. You mentioned a shoplifter ran from the store. Just as I was beginning to think printed books were passé, dead, irrelevant, a report comes of the theft of a BOOK. There is hope. Did he really want a BOOK so bad he stole it? Stop the presses. The printed word may not be dead. (It’s a good story and thanks for sharing your day and for visitng Tampa DP.)

  5. Anonymous Says:

    It looks like one of the early gingerbread houses. Nice that they are keeping it up.

  6. Lovely little house. (Oh, and shhh, I love Bing Crosby!)

  7. Thanks all. We're pretty lucky here. They really do try to preserve the historical sites here.

    Lois: Yes they do give tours. There is another historical house about 50 yards from this one. I'll feature it another day.

    Frank: My wife and I were in total amazement. We had only been in there a few minutes when it happened. I wonder how many true book thieves there are out there?

    ciel: Cool, what about 'ol blue eyes"?

  8. AB Says:

    A charming wooden house — it looks so typically American

  9. Meri Says:

    Great little tidbit. I knew Bing Crosby had Washington ties, but I didn't know his grandparents were in Washington so early in our territorial history.

  10. AB: People's tastes were a little more simple then weren't they?

    Meri: You're right. He was a local boy. Thanks for stopping by.

  11. Jacob Says:

    Amazing! Had no idea. Thanks for sharing this excellent photo of this beautiful old home.

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