Save The Stone Cottage’s campaign continues with four ‘Finding the Story Stones’ events

(1940s-era photo courtesy Save The Stone Cottage)

As reported here last weekend, Save The Stone Cottage is almost halfway to raising the funding needed to move the iconic beach bungalow off its to-be-redeveloped site, putting it on the path to preservation. Next step: Four events for you! Here’s the announcement:

In a race to beat the wrecking ball, throughout January 2021 the “Save The Stone Cottage” committee is putting on a series of educational, entertaining and inspiring events called “Finding the Story Stones,” to raise awareness about the GoFundMe Charities fundraising drive. Four fun activities will be held over the course of the next 30-day period in which individuals, virtual teams of friends, and families with children all can participate. Finding the four “Story Stones” will unlock elements of the unusual stories surrounding the Stone Cottage, Eva Falk and the early history of Seattle and Alki.

The first of four family-friendly events launches this weekend!

Finding Story Stone #1: ‘Count the Stones’ Begins January 1, 2021

The first contest begins with the onset of the New Year. From January 1st to January 6th you and/or your team can be one of the first to “Count the Stones” on the front façade of the Stone Cottage at 1123 Harbor Ave SW. Participants who correctly guess the number of stones (within a 50-stone range) will earn bragging rights and help unlock the “Story of Eva,” the free spirit who built the Stone Cottage. Submit your team’s name, contact information, and single best guess at:

Finding Story Stone #2: ‘Search for the Lost Stone’ launches January 9, 2021

This second contest is a clue-based Twitter search in which clues to the whereabouts of the second Story Stone will be tweeted out over six hours. Finding this Story Stone will unlock stories and secrets about the Stone Cottage itself.

Finding Story Stone #3: ‘Walking in Eva’s Shoes’ January 16, 2021

This third contest highlights the story of Eva Falk when, during the early 1930s, she enlisted the help of her children to tow wagon loads of beach stones from the Alki Lighthouse to where the house was being built on Harbor Avenue more than two miles away. Participants will be encouraged to complete the trip from the Alki Lighthouse to the Stone Cottage and symbolically re-enacting the journey of Eva and her children. Finding this third Story Stone will unlock the story of “Building the Stone Cottage.”

Finding Story Stone #4: ‘Stone Cottage Karaoke Rock Concert’ January 23, 2021

We will hold a live “Stone Cottage Karaoke Rock Concert” in which participants can choose from a list of songs to perform. Songs can be performed as an individual or a team. The winning Karaoke performer will receive the final Story Stone and unlock the “Story of the Duwamish.”

You can enter the first contest here starting at midnight tonight; crowdfunding continues here.

3 Replies to "Save The Stone Cottage's campaign continues with four 'Finding the Story Stones' events"

  • Davis January 1, 2021 (1:37 am)

    Question- the stone cottage previously an old jail house is considered an historic building right? It’s my understanding that someone purchased the property it sits on. Like yes why not beach prime property. Why did this happen if its historic site and building. No protections? Second why would the city not force the buyer of the land the cottage sits on to pay for any and all cost for moving it to a site to be preserved,? So instead the public has to figure out a way to pay for it, and come up with fundraisers!! This is outright ludicrous!!  What’s the point of historic sites and buildings if the land can just be bought….? Shame on the city for allowing this to happen. I wonder how much profit they got from this deal.

    • WSB January 1, 2021 (2:22 am)

      No, it is not an official historic site or landmark in any way.

  • Don Brubeck January 1, 2021 (10:57 am)

    Not “an old jailhouse” either.  It does have an interesting true story. You can read about it on the Save the Stone Cottage website.Even if it was a designated historic landmark, it would still need private action to preserve it. The city offers a few incentives, but does not force people to preserve landmarks. Action and funding come from interested owners and the public.

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