Sumner Washington, Historic Building Centennial Celebration, 1921 to 2021
This tour celebrates seven buildings in our downtown district that are now 100 years old. In two years, 1921 and 1922, more buildings were added to Main Street than in any other period of Sumner's history. We want to share the stories of the people who built and ran Main Street businesses over the last hundred years. Who they were, their families, their customers, what they sold, their civic and social involvement. We also want to honor the current business owners that have taken what were once variety, hardware and grocery stores and repurposed them into antique shops, boutiques and specialty businesses that are still bringing people into Sumner to shop. Sumner's Main Street is not just a group of buildings that happened to be built in the same era or share a common architectural style. It is people and the businesses they run. Every day they step out their front door and look for ways to help all of Sumner prosper. We start the tour in Heritage Park on Main Street, a triangle of land that was called Triangle Park in the 1890s and serves the same purpose today as it did then, a gathering place for downtown activities. Enjoy our virtual walking tour of the buildings, or if you wish, visit downtown Sumner and walk the tour.