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Tap into Kent’s historic side

How did Kent, Washington, make the leap from growing hops to making moon buggies? Find the answer and more at the Greater Kent Historical Society Museum.

Kent’s history is as rich as the Green River Valley soil. Did you know lettuce was such a big deal the city threw a huge party every year to celebrate it? That’s just a taste of what you’ll discover at the Greater Kent Historical Society Museum (855 E. Smith St.). Plan a visit and find out how Kent came to be. Here are a few highlights to whet your curiosity:

  • These roots run deep. The town was named for Kent County, England, a major hops producer. Think aphids are a problem in your rose garden? They wiped out Kent’s hops crops in the early 1890s.
  • But where’s the HDTV? The museum features seven period rooms that let you imagine life at the turn of the 20th
  • We grow sports legends, too. Morris “Red” Badgro was raised on the family farm in Kent. The Pro Football Hall of Famer was an NFL legend in the 1930s.
  • Where were you when man first drove on the moon? In the 1960s, Kent’s abundant farm land made way for innovation, including the Boeing Aerospace Center. The famed Apollo Lunar Rovers were built there during the 1970s.

Explore historical Kent in August

In August, you can experience even more of Kent’s historic side through special exhibits and tours of the city’s oldest homes, businesses, sites and cemeteries. Learn more about the free Experience Historical Kent celebration. Or venture out on your own with this handy guide.

Raise a toast to the old days

During your visit, take time to explore more of what’s old and new in Kent, including historic downtown. The hops crops may be long gone, but you can still ponder that time in Kent’s history over a Mosaic Hoppy Pilsner and some Northwest fare from Airways Brewing and Bistro.

Find out more about all there is to see and do in Kent.