One of the evenings, three small private fishing boats came in, all young guys and one wife, they moored right next to us, and we both thought, oh, oh, party time for sure!!! The lady on board one of the boats had caught a 35 lbs. halibut, beautiful fish, and they proceeded to cut up the fish right next to us, teaching her and us how to do it to get the fillets just right. This was just great for us, a perfect” cutting up the halibut 101″!!!! They then asked us if we needed anything from Safeway, they would get it for us!! The evening was peaceful, they played good music, went down for the night at 9.30, and we were very happy and grateful. All in all, a great stay USA!!!!
This is a truly beautiful home, one of the wonderful features is a graceful arch, complete with plaster grape clusters. The woodwork is made of pine but looks like oak, this is done by painting on the woodgrain by hand , which is called “stippling”.
This house is not noticed for its grandness, it is one of the first homes built in Port Townsend,it remained with the same family till 1957, after that it was donated to Washington State park. It has a special sewing room, with a 1860 Florence sewing machine, which is very rare.
When the Bartletts lived in the house, every New Year’s eve, at the stroke of midnight, all the gentlemen went into the garden, dug up a jug full of spirits,drank all of it, and then reburied it empty!!!
In the 1870’s the trans-continental railroad reached Portland, and because of this ,fierce competition erupted between Seattle,Olympia and Port Townsend, all wanting to become the central city of the Puget Sound. Port Townsend prospered in the 1880’s, when local land owners started building ambitious residences. Port Townsend was the second busiest port in the USA, outside of New York City. However , when the depression started, most of the grand Victorian homes were abandoned, and people left town. In the 1960’s, there was a renewed interest in these grand old houses, and people started buying them and restore them. Now, twice a year, many of these homes are open for tours, and some have been made into inns. Here are some of the ones i found and took pictures off, when it was not raining!!!