Washington December 09, 2018
There Are More Than 50 Historic Buildings In This Special Washington Town
Did you know Washington is home to one of only three Victorian Seaports listed on the National Register of Historic Places? Port Townsend is undeniably charming, and if you’re a history buff, you’ll love it — the entire downtown core is a designated National Historic District.
Port Townsend was founded in 1851, meaning it's older than the state of Washington itself.
Port Townsend was immediately recognized as a good, safe harbor, and for years, it served as a major customs point.
By the late 1800s, the city was a well-known and busy seaport with a bustling downtown area.
Many homes and buildings were built during that time, most with ornate Victorian architecture.
The Victorian buildings have been well-preserved, and that's what makes Port Townsend stand out to this day.
The city is constantly being named in travel publications as one of the country's most charming small towns, and the annual Port Townsend Film Festival has won numerous awards.
Every building has its own unique story, like the Palace Hotel, which is rumored to be haunted by the ghosts of the ladies of the night who once worked and lived there...
... but what really makes this town special is that the ENTIRE downtown area is a National Historic District.
There are dozens of dozens of historic buildings just waiting to be explored.
While you're in town, make sure to take a walk through the neighborhoods, where you'll find many historic Victorian homes.
The entire city is a walking history lesson.
If you've never made it to Port Townsend, make 2019 the year you visit.
With events and festivals happening every month along with weekly historic (and ghost) tours, you'll never be bored in our Victorian seaport.
Port Townsend is such an amazing little city. Here are
10 more reasons to love it.