King County Landmarks: Lagesson Homestead (1890), Maple Valley

  • By Heather MacIntosh
  • Posted 1/01/1999
  • Essay 2389
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Address: 20201 SE 216th Street, Maple Valley. Nils Peter Lagesson, a Swedish immigrant, filed his homestead claim in Maple Valley in 1885 and five years later built a two-room, hewn-log house and two barns on 29 acres of orchard, pasture, and cultivated land. He married Laura Nelson after a trip home to Sweden. In anticipation of Laura’s parents moving to the farm, Lagesson built a second house in 1897. This house later became a bunkhouse for his sons. The large barn features posts and beams hand-hewn by Lagesson. In addition to the houses and barn, the property includes a pumphouse, garage with gas pump, pig house, blacksmith shop, smokehouse, and wheathouse. These outbuildings illustrate the self-sufficient nature of this pioneer family.

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