History in Jefferson County

 As you and your family stroll the streets of Port Townsend the Jefferson County Historical Society has a number of ways to enjoy the historic tapestry of Port Townsend.  Our central Museum is in the landmark 1892 City Hall building, downtown at 540 Water Street.  From this building the movers, doers, and speculators of early Port Townsend talked and planed their dreams.  Criminals were tossed in the jail downstairs, sometimes in leg-irons, and upstairs the Court and the rest of the powerful watched over the city's affairs.  Today the building still does the work of our historic city and downstairs on the mainfloors of this building our Historical Society has filled the space with the artifacts of Jefferson County history.  From the jail in the basement in the Fire Hall in the back of the building the Society looks at all aspects of our County.  From the baskets of First Peoples to our Maritime exhibits, and hidden, childrens, history area.  This Museum will give you the key to the times, in the day, in Jefferson County.

We also have a historic home Museum just above downtown.  Built in 1868 this Greek Revival style home, at the corner of Franklin and Taylor, built by local merchant Henry Rothschild was home for only his family until given to Washington State Parks in the 1960's.  This house Museum is filled with possesions of the family that date from the 1860's to 1940's.

At Fort Worden State Park the Jefferson County Historical Society opens the doors to Military history with the Commanding Officer's House.  This 1904 home on Officer's Row at the park is furnished with period items and photographs of times gone by in the old Coast Artillery.

Step back in time.  Try our "Passport to the Past", visit any 2 of our Museums for $6.00 or all three for $9.00.  For more on the Jefferson County Historical Society and our museums contact us at www.jchsmuseum.org or call us at 1-360-385-1003

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Location

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540 Water Street
Port Townsend, WA, 98368
United States
48° 6' 58.1112" N, 122° 45' 8.6724" W
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540 Water Street
Port Townsend, WA, 98368