Nancy Weinbeck
Nancy Weinbeck

In honoring Indigenous People’s Day, we at Bayview wanted to take a moment to step back and acknowledge the native communities who called this region home for thousands of years.

Yes, we are very proud of our Kinnear family roots. Yes, we are deeply grateful for the gift of Bayview that arose out of the friendship between Charles Kinnear and Dr. Cyrus Albertson. Bayview was born out of that friendship with a mission to serve older adults and children, in alignment with the will of Charles Kinnear. However, we need to look beyond our 60-year legacy to acknowledge those who came before.

According to Queen Anne: Community on the Hill, published by the Queen Anne Historical Society (1993), there is evidence that our area may have been inhabited 10,000-12,000 years ago, though due to climate conditions little archeological evidence remains. When settlers began arriving in this area in the mid-19th century, there were indigenous villages dotted along Elliott Bay.

While permanent villages were not present on Queen Anne Hill at that time, its land was in use by native tribes for hunting and ceremonial and social gatherings. According to this same publication, hunting artifacts have been found in the backyards of homes on the Queen Anne hill.

Capt. George Kinnear and his wife, Angie, arrived on these shores in 1878 with their two sons, Charles and George Jr.

A young Charles, who later donated the Kinnear property, learned to speak Chinook and frequently engaged with local tribes, including the Shilshole and Duwamish.

In his diary, Charles took note of “wigwams about ten feet apart on the beach reaching from the foot of Marion to Columbia Street,” where salt-cured salmon eggs were smoked and preserved for the winter.

We at Bayview would like to acknowledge the long history and significance of the indigenous peoples who populated and stewarded this land throughout multiple generations and pay our deepest respect and gratitude to the elders who came before us and those who are with us today.

We have much to learn about our local history. The light it brings helps us find our way towards a better future for our elders, our children and the generations to come.   

Nancy Weinbeck is the CEO of Bayview in Queen Anne.