Port Townsend on the Pacific

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Old part of Port Townsend and Admiralty Inlet © Adbar/cc-by-sa-4.0

Old part of Port Townsend and Admiralty Inlet © Adbar/cc-by-sa-4.0

Port Townsend is a city in Jefferson County, Washington. It is the county seat and only incorporated city of Jefferson County. In addition to its natural scenery at the northeast tip of the Olympic Peninsula, the city is also known for the many Victorian buildings remaining from its late 19th-century heyday, numerous annual cultural events, and as a maritime center for independent boatbuilders and related industries and crafts. The Port Townsend Historic District is a U.S. National Historic Landmark District since 1976. Port Townsend is adjacent to the Admiralty Inlet and a trio of State Parks built on retired artillery installations (Fort Worden, Fort Casey, and Fort Flagler).

Port Townsend is noted for its Victorian houses and significant historical buildings. The city has more than a dozen large, well-preserved buildings, including the Carnegie Library (restored in the 2000s), the Federal Building (now commonly known as the city’s post office), the Rose Theatre, and the Elks Lodge, which now houses Silverwater Cafe. Fort Worden, now a state park, has retained some of its pre-World War I architecture built when it was a military facility. Buildings have been adapted for other uses, including the publicly available Olympic Youth Hostel, that closed in 2011. The Jefferson County Courthouse is in a Romanesque architectural style, as popularized by Henry Hobson Richardson, with a 125-foot bell tower.

Kayaks off Port Townsend at dusk © Joe Mabel/cc-by-sa-3.0 Uptown Port Townsend © Joe Mabel/cc-by-sa-3.0 Sailboats off of Port Townsend © Joe Mabel/cc-by-sa-3.0 © Joe Mabel/cc-by-sa-3.0 Bell Tower © Yassie/cc-by-sa-3.0 Old part of Port Townsend and Admiralty Inlet © Adbar/cc-by-sa-4.0
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Old part of Port Townsend and Admiralty Inlet © Adbar/cc-by-sa-4.0
In 1976, the Downtown waterfront and parts of Uptown were designated a Registered Historic District. Later, Fort Worden (now part of Fort Worden State Park) and the City of Port Townsend were designated National Historic Landmarks. The city is one of three Victorian seaports on the National Register of Historic Places. The Bell Tower on the bluff above downtown is one of two known towers of this type in the United States. It was used from 1890 to the 1940s to call volunteer firefighters. It was restored in 2003 by the Jefferson County Historical Society. The second bell tower is located in Helena, Montana, and was also used for fire alarms during the late 19th century.

The sign entering town calls Port Townsend a “Victorian Seaport and Arts Community.” Port Townsend is host to several annual events such as the Port Townsend Wooden Boat festival, Kinetic Skulpture Race (since 1983), and the annual blues and jazz festival. Boating and maritime life are central elements in this port town, with regattas, weekly races and a multitude of recreational opportunities. The marine trades industry is an anchor economic driver for the community, with highly skilled, world-renowned tradespeople. The port is home to many classic wooden boats, and gets visits from owners of others seeking repairs. The Port Townsend Marine Science Center is located in a new facility on the waterfront, which also features a wooden boat shop. Reflecting the numerous artists in the area, downtown has many galleries and two artists’ collectives. There is a monthly Arts Walk and a plethora of classes, workshop and training available locally. The history museum is also downtown. Since 1999, Port Townsend has held an annual international film festival in September. The Rose Theatre is a cinema downtown which shows contemporary American and foreign films. The Uptown Theater shows family-oriented films, and a nearby drive-in theater is open during the summer months.

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