15844 ne 145th Street Woodinville Washington 98072 425-806-8044
Around 1914 entrepreneur Frederick Stimson built a country estate called the Hollywood Farm where the St.Michele Winery is now located near Woodinville. His family was involved in forestry, logging, wood products,construction,and development.
Hollywood was also the name given by Frederick’s wife to the small community of Derby across the Sammamish Slough from the estate. She grew holly on the estate as well running a large fresh flower business.
At about the same time Frederick financed the 200 acre Hollywood Poultry Farm on Hollywood Hill 3/4 of a mile uphill and creek from Hollywood.
Adjacent to the Hollywood Poultry Farm property was another piece of property he owned, part of which is the land which this survey is about.
Originally purchased and plated by Frederick Stimson, the virgin growth timber on the property may have also have been originally logged by one of his companies.There were also at one time some chicken sheds here as they show in an overhead photo probably from the 1940s or 50’s.
In 1917 he built the craftsman/country style house on this property as a wedding gift to his daughter Acshe Stimson and a Dr. Moore. As these were city people bringing a little luxury to the country, it was one of the first suburban houses near Woodinville. They only lived in the house about a year.It then stood vacant for a few years and was then purchased and occupied by a sucession of Scandinavian familes.
The house and farm have changed a little over the years but the second growth woodland has been left pretty much to grow on its own.
The property is about 7.5 acres
The front SW 1/3 of which is a fairly even and gentle, usable and welldrained slope cleared before 1917 for a house and farm with garden, orchard, and chicken rearing sheds. Horses and possibly cattle were grazed openly in the fields. Small groups of second growth 80-100 foot tall DF mixed w/ some equal age hemlock and cedar border the east property line and are grouped around the house. Early occupants of the house were of Scandinavian descent and soon after the house was built a row of trees were planted at the street. Alternating Swedish Poplar and an unknown variety of Norwiegan Maple with one probable DF christmas tree.The 60-80’ poplars were removed in 1999 as they had serious heartwood rot and were threatening to cause serious damage if they fell. They were removed without damaging the alternating 50-60’ maples that remain.The crowns of these trees had joined long ago and the poplars were growing through and over this cover. The christmas tree is now 80’ tall and is limbless for 50’ as it has kept above the growth of the maples.The tallest tree in this area is a 100’+ DF with a DBH of 40” There are two pair of twin firs 90-100’ near the house and one very old looking 80’ fir that may be a remnant of the virgin forest.The siting of the house may have been influenced by these trees. There are two remaining apple trees from the orchard, a stray vine maple along the road and some additional 30-40’ Norweigan Maples started from scattered seeds from the originals.
The SE 1/3 is more rolling with some banks and was left with second growth 80-100 foot tall DF mixed w/ some equal age hemlock and cedar.Understory trees include scattered Big Leaf Maple, Norwiegan Maple (seeded from those planted at the house) Vine Maple and Dogwood. Grazing was done in the past as there remains wire and barbed wire fencing probably from the original farm use of the property.Some cedars show severe old bark damage from the past when horses were left to graze full time in the field. When the grass disappeared or when the horses lacked proper nuitrition, they stripped bark from some of the cedar trees.There are a few very mature and dying Alder left from the first new growth after the virgin timber was cut. There remain a few downed cedar logs and some stumps with springboard notches from that period. There was a serious blowdown in one area of about a dozen 12-18”dbh firs and hemlocks in the probably about 10 years ago. They have been cut into 16’ lengths for cross-country horse jumps in the area where they fell.A few scattered healthy looking hemlocks have died for some unknown reason and smaller firs are dying or crowded and loosing lower branches.Dead trees or those with heart rot are regularly invaded by piliated woodpeckers.
The NE 1/3 is a ravine with a class 2 creek and a second growth forest of 80-110 foot tall DF mixed w/ some equal age and younger hemlock and cedar.The growth is very similar in character to SE 1/3. There are not a large number of small understory trees but there are some maples and cedars and hemlocks.There are also a few specimens of the Norweigan Maple from the house probably scattered by wind or birds and a few non native holly, mountain ash and blackberry. There has been less clearing here after the original clear cutting and there was an old barbed wire fence along the edge of the ravine that has been replaced with a board fence.Although the slopes are steeper here and there is a landslide designation, there are no signs of current or historical slides. The tall firs at the bottom of the bottom tower up to the canopy and are quite straight and plumb. There are old trails that run through the ravine that were used for traveling between farms. The creek bed is primarily dry except for a few rare winter days when the runoff appears. There are occasionally signs of water farther upsteam or down and the water may be running underground at times.The banks of the creek show some mysterious errosion in places which may have occured when the Tolt Pipeline was cut across the revine at the north end of the property in the early 60’s.There is no sign of this erosion in the ravine upstream from the pipeline. Mountain Beaver occupy the slopes in tunnels. Scattered fallen and standing Alder grow Oyster Plurotus mushrooms. Sword Fern and Salmonberry predominate the brush. Bracken, red huckleberry, elderberry and mosses are also widely present.
Summary: About 2/3 of the property is forested with second growth forest. The dominant DFirs look healthy but may in fact be too close together for optimum growth. Shade tolerant species are populating the understory.The property has probably not been logged or thinned since the original cutting.
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