124 West Walnut Street
PO Box 63
Waterville, WA 98858

Brought to you by:
Douglas County Historical Society

OPEN Starting May 25 for the 2023 Season!

Director: Dr. E. F. Cater
509 745 8435

The Douglas County Historical Museum, in Waterville, Washington, is an adventure worthy of your time! 

We are here to help you enjoy a fantastic museum adventure in a
climate controlled environment!

Open starting May 25 for the 2023 season and
on National Holidays celebrated on Monday
like Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Wait! Here is a great deal for you!

IF you are looking for a family adventure,
want to complete genealogical research,
or have this aching desire to gather your
scattered family to take a look at your heritage–
we are here to assist you.

We will open ANYTIME during the year for groups or special events.
Schedule your next company meeting here, we have the space!

Douglas County Historical Society PIONEERS


Learn how and why Pioneer Settlers came to Douglas County by the thousands in search of a new life, a new beginning and FREE LAND!

Learn about Douglas County History and important Events that solidified our presence here.

Most of all, you will have fun and enjoy the new Pioneers’ Page.

If you are from a Pioneer Family and do not see your Family Name in our 1915 Patron’s List, then Contact Us and we’ll do some research for you!


Douglas County Historical Society THRIFT SHOP

The Douglas County Historical Thrift Shop handles 2nd hand clothing, used and antique furniture, memorabilia and lots more!

 Come visit us at 113 E. Locust Street in beautiful downtown Waterville.

The Douglas County Historical Society Thrift Shop is a proud sponsor of the Douglas County Museum.

Our Precious Pictures

Pictures are the pathway to our past.
In some cases, photographic evidence is the ONLY proof of existence!

Douglas County Museum has thousand’s of photos either on display, or, a scanned digital image in it’s place.

Stop by to see our large photo display in the climate-controlled museum building!

Click the play button below to enjoy a few of our old photos, provided by locals,
of the Waterville area that we have colorized adding clarity and depth.
Click the “gear icon” on the bottom right of video player below and choose 720 to view in HD.

Enjoy the amazing video below.

Homestead (HD) A. O. Dyer

Dyer Post Office totally destroyed in 2020 fire.

Photos from the Nena Rigg Collection.

Our Galleries

Douglas County Museum has many Gallery Areas, each with its own unique features and personality.
The Main Entrance Gallery will grab your attention and take you back to an earlier time in Douglas County.
Learn our History and have some fun along the way, joining us for an adventure backwards in time!