Fern Hill in Tacoma is a sweet little area that a lot of people aren’t aware of. I’ve lived in Tacoma all of my life and I have been living in the Fern Hill area for nearly 13 years now. The heart of Fern Hill is at about South 84th Street and South Park Avenue which is also the site of one of Tacoma's first trolley lines. This district brings old world charm to the surrounding neighborhood with classic brick buildings and the feeling of community.
The Fern Hill neighborhood is one of the oldest in Tacoma and home to some of the city’s most interesting historic buildings. 8310 S. Park Ave. was originally built to serve as a Wells Fargo stop. Did you know that Wells Fargo was once a courier service? I know I didn’t. Two of the district’s churches, the Fern Hill Baptist Church and the Fern Hill Methodist Episcopal Church were built in the 1890s. The Fern Hill School, which dates back to 1888, recently underwent an extreme $11 million renovation to restore its original Georgian revival-style architecture and the school once again stands as the focal point of this historic community. The Historic Fern Hill District Walking Tour highlights 16 historic landmarks and structures in the neighborhood.
Now that I’ve given you a little bit of history let’s get to the fun stuff. I’ll start with food, since I love to eat. There’s Little Jerry’s and The Annex and they’re neighbors on S. Park Avenue right by the Fern Hill Post Office. There’s also the library on the corner of 84th and Yakima and a lot of shops that you just can’t pass up.
Come check out Fern Hill and see what it has in store for you.