The modern Chimacum Valley was changed by settlers in the late 1800's converting the land through logging and dairy farming. Through the 1930's - 1950's Chimacum was a major poultry and eggs supplier. Today a road in the valley is named Egg and I after a famous book published in 1945, The Egg and I by Betty MacDonald details (with humor and liberty of some facts), provides some local color on the early era of chicken farming in the valley.
The Tamanowas Sanctuary is now a permanently protected area that includes Tamanowas Rock and 82 acres of surrounding forest, wetlands and open space. The Port Townsend Leader has a short history article on the Native American heritage in Chimacum. Jefferson Land Trust has partnered with land owners in the Chimacum Valley including Tamanowas Rock, and to create conservation easements on Red Dog Farm, Glendale Farm, Chimacum Dairy and Finnriver Orchard.
For many people, Chimacum is a stop at the intersection of Hwy 19 and Central Valley road with a gas station, farm stand/grocery, two cafe's, a few shops and the elementary-middle-high school complex just up the road. However, there is more to discover than meets the eye at first glance. Chimacum is a meeting place, whether at the local Finn River Farm and Cidery, Chimacum Farmstand, Tri-Area Community Center or school or cafe. The Chimacum Valley is rich is agricultural and watershed contributions to Jefferson County and has HJ Carrol Park and Anderson Lake Park nearby for recreation activities.
The Chimacum Corner has the Chimacum Corner Market which hosts a Farmer's Market, and eateries such as Farms Reach Cafe, Chimacum Cafe, The Keg & I are near the Chimacum Corner and popular stopping spots. Nearby is Finn River Farm and Cidery which often has live music, pizza, and other good food. Eaglemount Wine & Cidery, Lullaby Winery and Egg and I Gardens The Chimacum Valley has a number of farms on an annual farm tour.
Over 20 farms are on the annual Jefferson County Farm Tour, with farm produce ranging from heirloom produce, pickles and preserves, to fleece, beef, chicken, lamb, lavender, blueberries, flowers and wines. U-pick lavender and blueberry farms often have other activities including music during the picking season. Chimacum has also has stops on the Olympic Culinary Loop
HJ Carroll Park is home to two picnic shelters, soccer and baseball fields, basketball courts, BMX practice track for various bikes and skill levels, and walking trails with Chimacum Creek access to watch the salmon run. The Kul Kah Han Native Plant Garden and the Chimacum Creek Labyrinth are additional things to explore at the park. Anderson Lake State Park is a nearby 496 acre day-use park with boating, fishing, canoeing, and geocaching.