Naselle traces its roots to Finnish families who settled there and made their living as loggers and fishermen. The community first flourished as a logging town, and logging remains the dominant private industry. Settled primarily by Finnish and Scandinavian immigrants, the community has maintained this cultural heritage despite a declining percentage of traditional family names.
Since 1982, Naselle has hosted a Finnish-American Folk Festival every other year, and in 2006 co-hosted, with the nearby city of Astoria, OR, the national festival FinnFest USA.
Pioneer Naselle was the inspiration for Our Only May Amelia, a Newbury Honor book by Jennifer L. Holm, based on Holm family documents of life as a Finnish-American frontier family.
Past and present residents of note include Oscar Wirkkala, logger and inventor; Wilho Saari, kantele performer and teacher; and Rex Ziak, historian. Not bad for a town boasting a current population of just 2,000.
Just a short spat inland, Naselle frequently enjoys drier, sunnier weather than her Peninsula neighbors.