Tours & Annual Events



3rd weekend in May.

During the heyday of horse-racing, this annual community event was known as the 'Days of Real Sport'. While horse-racing has long since galloped away, the celebration has been retained as an annual community event.  A parade kicks off the festivities on Saturday morning, with an enthusiast's car show is in the park, along with music, food and entertainment.  We begin our museum touring season on this day, with all properties open to the public. 



9 a.m.- 5 p.m. by appointment, mid-May through September.

 Each tour is led by a knowledgeable docent who will share the history of Waitsburg, point out fascinating details, and ensure that you see everything that the Bruce Memorial Mansion has to offer. Advance booking is appreciated, but we strive to be available within 15 minutes of your request:  509-337-6157.

Pioneer Fall Festival

3rd Sunday in September.

Embrace our pioneer heritage at our Pioneer Fall Festival. A non-denominational “cowboy” church service at the museum begins at 11a.m. followed by the Pioneer of the Year ceremony. Vie for best pie at the Laurette McCaw Pie-oneer Fall Festival Pie Baking Contest, watch an antique fashion show, listen to live music,  admire antique cars, take a horse drawn carriage ride, and see how history was made with pioneer demos and free museum tours.


School Pioneer Days

The final week of school.

During the last week of the school year, we invite elementary school classes grades K-5 to come and visit the museum.  Several education stations are set up to demonstrate pioneer skills, games, and crafts, and the groups rotate among stations so that everyone has a chance to experience each activity.


Are you planning to make a weekend of it? Plan your overnight stay in Waitsburg.