Can also be seen by appointment by calling:
Harold Orcutt (530) 938-4455
The Weed Historic Lumber Town Museum is a vivid collection of artifacts and photographs of the people who founded and lived in Weed. Through the objects displayed, one gains an awareness of the courage, commitment, and community spirit of Weed that are typical of lumber towns in the Northwest.
Three of the museum's rooms have been decorated with some original pieces to resemble a typical kitchen, sewing room, and bedroom from the 1900s. We also have a room dedicated to Charlie Byrd, former member of the museum, who was the first African American sheriff in California. Two of the jail cells and the booking room are left intact.
Artifacts from the old lumber company store and from the company hospital are on display. Logging tools used to fell the trees and to skid the logs are shown. These include hand tools used before the advent of electric or diesel power, a large bulldozer used to skid logs and to build roads in the woods, a snag pusher used to push over dead and fire-hazardous trees, and tram cars and locomotives used to move lumber in the mill yards.
Also on display are a 1923 LaFrance fire truck, which is still operable and ready to go, original tools from a local blacksmith shop, and a home-made still used during the Prohibition to make brandy and whiskey. Photographs and memorabilia from Weed's schools and from former residents can be viewed.
The museum gift shop offers many trinkets and treasures bearing the museum logo. You can also purchase our latest book on Weed, published through Arcadia Publishing. On the second Saturday of each March, the museum hosts an annual dinner held at the Weed Sons of Italy hall.
Comments from museum visitors who posted their comments at YELP:
A wide collection of historical artifacts both unique to the area and broadly related to the timber industry.
The volunteer docent was really kind and knowledgeable. He led me to the different exhibits, explaining how the women's club donated the quilts and how the massive yokes worked to harness oxen.
A truly wonderful free historical museum. The town of Weed should be applauded for their efforts to keep this little museum so up-to-date, accessible, and free.
This is a great city historical museum! Guided by the AAA tour book, I took my family to the Weed Historic Lumber Town Museum, thinking it would be a display of logging implements and pictures, but not much else.
What a pleasant surprise. As we entered, we were greeted by a friendly, knowledgeable volunteer who gave us an introduction to the city's history. This museum covers Weed's 100+ year history as a town. The building is spacious and well-lighted. Displays are well organized and clear. No dust!
The Weed Museum covers the logging business, fire and police departments (including a beautifully restored fire engine), home scenes, vintage business machines and tools, and other aspects of early life in the town. And you can't beat the price -- donation is up to you. If you're at all interested in these topics, check it out.
The museum board is composed of nine members: Roger Zwanziger, President of the Board; Harold Orcutt, Vice-President and Curator; Deborah Salvestrin, Secretary; Melvin Dawson, Treasurer; and Bernadine Vega, Hudd Oates, Deb Wilson, Linda Freeman, and Jim Gubetta.
The Zwanziger family has graciously donated Abner Weed's sled to the museum. Abner built this sled himself. In addition to being a woodworker, he was also a blacksmith. Come on in and take a look!
The new book on Weed has arrived!