As reported in our 2022 Annual Report, the Foundation was able to do many good things at the Homestead and Orchard thanks to your support, contributions, and volunteering. If we are to continue this good work, funding and volunteering must continue
The Buckner Orchard and Homestead need your support more than ever.
2022 Annual Report Link
I drove back to the Orchard one morning just as the Stehekin Valley Adventures bus was loading to leave. Stan, the driver and guide, came quickly over to me. "Perfect timing, there's someone here you need to meet."
As I got out of the van, visitors started getting back off the bus, as a slight, older women, assisted by two gentlemen, walked toward me from the Buzzard Cabin.
For 97 year-old Gwen, this was a bucket list moment. Accompanied by her three children, one at least as old as I am, this was their gift to her. Gwen was a Chelan classmate of my late aunt, Hobby Buckner, and was her close friend. Gwen and her family had lived at High Bridge one summer long ago,and Stehekin and the Buckner Ranch remain an important part of her life. She was especially pleased and excited to be able to share and talk with someone who had a connection to and knew those she had such fond and vivid memories of.
The rest of the tour members stood around us, quietly listening.
At some point, someone handed us a photo album. Ten pages of small black and white photos and a single, typed page, Gwen had made the album just for this visit to Stehekin - to help her children understand just how important this was to her. The photos were from 1940, many of her and Hobbie, and several that included Hobbie's sister, Bucky. Bathing in the river at High Bridge under the guise of swimming, a hike to a lookout, and other things teenage girls would do and share. She knew the Sisters are gone, and asked about their families and Stehekin.
As our visit was coming to end, she gave me a gentle hug, thanked me, and quietly confided that, surely, this would be her last visit to Stehekin.
As I mentioned, the bus was about to leave when this all began, Stan and the other visitors waited quietly and patiently for fifteen minutes or so, knowing how important this was for Gwen.
It was a moment for all of us.
The Orchard is a touchstone to the past in many different ways, as it was for Gwen. Your support can help it remain so, long into the future. You can make it happen.
Memberships are one form of contributing funds to support the Foundation's work at the Homestead and Orchard.
RENEWALS - Quick and Convenient, renew digitally on-line (click here)
If you prefer, a check, made out to the Buckner Homestead Heritage Foundation (BHHF), should be mailed to PO Box 184, Manson, WA 98831. As a renewal, we will have your information on file. Please include your e-mail address, as this is how we receipt and communicate with members in a cost-effective manner. And, your contribution is tax deductible as allowed by the IRS.
NEW MEMBERSHIP - Download and print the membership form found at this link (click here) and mail to PO Box 184, Manson, WA 98831. Again, be sure to include your e-mail address. Or, simply use the link above for renewals for an easy on-line membership.
- Individual - $25.00
- Family - $50.00
- Business - $75.00
- Patron - $100.00
- Benefactor - $250.00
- Steward - $500.00
- Sustainer - $1,000.00
- Or, any amount you choose!
Please join us today with whatever level of membership you choose and help us assure a productive, successful, and memorable future for the Buckner Homestead. Not sure how your contribution will be used? Then, review our 2022 Financial Summary, included in the Annual Report at the link at the top of this message. All Foundation work and administration is done entirely by volunteers.