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By Brendan Relaford
For The Sentinel 

Presby opens for the season


Brendan Relaford

TAKE A LOOK AT THAT: Standing in front of a buffet that was part of the original furniture in the Presby House, Inez Freeman points out the unique features of the dining room to Keith and Virginia Pederson of Bellingham.

When the Presby House Museum opened on May 1, two people were waiting at the door to take a tour. Later, three more people arrived to ask for information. By the time the museum closed, six adults and two children had visited the 117-year-old house, a good showing for so early in the season.

The museum is run by the Klickitat County Historical Society (KCHS), which was organized in 1958 for the purpose of collecting, preserving, and presenting the history of Goldendale and Klickitat County. In 1962, the society purchased the three-story, 22-room Presby Mansion, built in 1902 by Klickitat attorney Winthrop B. Presby (1859-1914).

At first a family residence and later a boarding house for te...

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