Cashmere started out as "Mission" in 1873, named for
the log church built by the Catholic missionary Father Grassi. In 1904 a name
change was necessary because there was another "Mission" in Washington State,
and the post offices kept getting the mail mixed up! Judge James H. Chase
suggested the name Cashmere, comparing the town's natural beauty to the Vale of
Kashmir in India.
Seeking the heart of small town America? It’s here at the geographic center of
Washington state! Stroll down Cashmere’s quiet tree-lined streets and travel
back in time to simple, carefree days. Downtown sidewalks, shaded from over 300
days of sunshine, are lined with family-owned bakeries, shops and restaurants
whose friendly owners will greet you with a smile. Local orchards line the hills
and banks of the Wenatchee River, as it winds through the valley, providing a
spectacular blanket of color throughout the growing season. If you’re craving a
sweet treat, don't forget while visiting to stop by and visit the world famous
kitchens of Liberty Orchards, home of Aplets and Cotlets.
The Cottage Avenue Historic District features early 1900s-era Craftsman bungalow
homes, lined with picket fences and shaded by the many mature trees that earns
Cashmere the official designation, “Tree City USA.”
We are only minutes away from the mighty Columbia River which is ideal for all
water sports and activities and several hydroelectric dams. We are surrounded by
state and federal forests and at the edge of the Central Washington desert. Just
45 miles to our north is beautiful Lake Chelan, another area for recreation and
relaxation. To our west is the Bavarian Village of Leavenworth and to the east
is Wenatchee. We are approximately 2 1/2 hours east of Seattle, Washington, 3
hours west of Spokane, Washington, and about 4 hours from the Canadian border.
The Museum will be open Friday,
March 28, through Oct. 31, 2014, Tuesday through Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m.
Sundays. We will be closed Mondays, although we will open for tours any day of
the week. Call to reserve a tour time..
Seniors (62 and over) $6
Children (6-12) $3.50
Under 6, active military and Cashmere Museum members are free
Plan some fun at the
Please phone or email for most up to date information.
Cashmere Museum & Pioneer Village
Learn something interesting
Fred Harvey is available to speak to your group or class about Native American
culture, Archaeology and geological history of the area. Flintknapping
Available by request
Individualize your special day by exchanging vows in the unique surroundings of
the Museum's Pioneer Village. This outdoor venue offers the ultimate in
distinctive wedding settings that will long be remembered.
The Cashmere Museum is also available for Reunions and other
We feature a park like setting, a small kitchen, and a covered picnic pavilion.
Please contact the Cashmere Museum for more information
Links to other local points of interest
City of Cashmere
Cashmere Chamber of Commerce
Aplets & Cotlets -
Island Hydro Park
Lake Wenatchee Recreation Area
Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce
Town of Waterville
Port of Chelan County
Amplify your “inner museum” experience by also visiting some of the other many
excellent museums in the surrounding area:
Museum of the
Columbia at Rocky Reach Dam Park
Quincy Valley Historical Society & Museum
Museum & Cultural Center
Upper Valley Museum at
If traveling by air, daily commercial flights are available at
less than 18 miles from the Cashmere Museum. .
600 Cotlets Way, PO Box 22
Cashmere, WA 98815