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Jefferson County

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A place that has it all

By Allison Arthur

Jefferson A former County Commission-

er told me a story about how he grew up in Port Townsend and thought he’d leave for greener pastures. Then he went waterskiing in Port Townsend Bay one day and while speeding past the city, he looked up, saw the snow-capped mountains, realized he was on the water and wondered: Why? Why leave? Well, he didn’t, of course. He stayed here, raised a family, ran for office, got elected. So, why should anyone come to Jefferson County in the first place? Because we have it all. Everything. You want to be on the water? There are ramps for

your boat, opportunities to whale watch and plenty of beaches to walk and explore. And, we host the annual Wooden Boat Festival, the best boat show ever, in September. You want to hike in the mountains? Most of Jefferson County actually is in Olympic National Park, which, as you probably know, is one of the largest temperate rain forests in the United States. The park is the size of the state of Rhode Island. This is not a forest that can be explored in a weekend. The Hoh Rain Forest is nothing short of a natural wonder. And, if you want to put the urban world into perspective, drive up Mount Walker, 5 miles south of Quilcene, and look west to that small green city in the

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mist. Indeed, Seattle – the Emerald City – does look like something out of The Wizard of Oz, a tiny, gleaming speck, far, far away. If all that water exploration and hiking makes you hungry, head for a farmers market. They are all over the county. Port Townsend has one of the biggest “small” markets around. Every Saturday from April well into December, as many as 70 vendors create a magical community in the Uptown Historic District of Port Townsend. There’s plenty of fresh produce and prepared food showcasing the talents of local entrepreneurs. Chimacum, in the heart of farm country, has many of the same vendors at its Sunday market. Fresh, local produce and meats also are featured at

a number of our excellent restaurants, so be sure to stop and savor all the flavors Jefferson County has to offer. Or go pick some blueberries. They’re good for you. If you come and then decide you want to stay, think creatively. It’s common for young people especially to hold down two or three jobs to make ends meet. That former commissioner has had at least three: one related to water, one related to land and then the elected position having him caring about all of it – the ocean, the land, the food we eat – in the place he loves and where he raised a family. Jefferson County is a place that has it all, if you take a moment, to stop and look around you.

Table of Contents

The Leader has captured the heart of Jefferson County through local festivals. leAder file Photos

Ferry information ............... 10 Tribal Tour .......................... 14 Port Townsend map............ 20 Local Food and Farms ........ 22 Buzzed ................................ 26 Arts..................................... 30 For Kids .............................. 34 Olympic Peninsula map .. 38-39 County Beaches .................. 42 Cities and Towns ........... 46-54 Around the County ....... 56-59 Events............................ 60-69 Real Estate ......................... 70 Taxes................................... 72 Employment ....................... 73 Historic Places ................... 74

Cover Artist Profile

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Lisa Allison Blohm, who’s artwork titled “Dreaming of San Juan Bound” is featured on the front cover, was born in Seattle, but chose to move her family to Port Townsend to raise her two sons. She now lives in Anacortes where she teaches at the high school. She was moved to paint “The Dreaming of a Free Tokitae Series,” a work of seven paintings for seven Orcas captured in Penn Cove in August 1970, after learning of the horrific Penn Cove Round Up where Tokitae (the subject of her series) was taken at a young age. Tokitae, a female Orca of LPod, is the sole survivor of the capture and is still in captivity at Miami Seaquarium. This series is dedicated to her

and serves as both a memorial to those that died during the capture as well as to the other six captured that died soon after being placed in aquariums. The series is intended to be celebratory and represents her hopeful journey home someday to reunite with her pod and her home in the Salish Sea. For more information on Tokitae and her hopeful retirement to a sea sanctuary on Orcas Island, visit When Lisa is not teaching and painting, she can be found enjoying, on land and sea, the beautiful and endless bounty of the Pacific Northwest with her husband, Jeff , and her dog, Ruby. The islands and waterways of the Salish Sea provide unlimited inspiration for her works. You can see all of her current work at:

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selves well to take a trip on one of Washington's majestic ferries – either for fun, or for purely practical reasons. Washington’s State Ferries’ fleet of 22 ferries can whisk foot passengers and vehicles across Puget Sound and its inland waterways. The ships carry more than 22 million passengers to 20 different locations. The ferry in Port Townsend connects travelers to Whidbey Island in about 30 minutes. The ferry terminal in Port Townsend is located downtown at 1301 Water St. Ferry riders may take in the a terrific view of the city of Port Townsend as ship sales eastward. On a clear day, the Olympic Mountains and Cascade Range can be seen, along with the enormous Mount Baker and Mount Rainier. One popular destination on Whidbey Island is the 998-acre Fort Casey Historical State Park, located right next to the ferry landing. The park features enormous cliffside bunkers and 10-inch guns – part of the “Triangle of Fire” used to defend Puget Sound during the early 1900s.


The ferry MV Kennewick motors toward the dock in Port Townsend in May 2017. Photo by Chris Tucker 10 • Port Towsend & Jefferson County Leader • Getaway 2018

The fare for the Port Townsend-Coupeville route is $1.65 for youth and senior walk-on passengers and $3.35 for adult walk-on passengers. Fares for vehicles 22-feet-long or less range from $7.50 to $11.60. Vehicles longer than 22 feet have fares from $17.70 to $93.25, with an extra $1.15 for every foot longer than ▼ See FERRIES, page 12▼

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A view of Port Townsend from a Washington State Ferry in July 2016. Photo by Chris tuCker

ferries: Coupeville, Bainbridge Island ferries ▼Continued from page 10▼ 80 feet. Motorcycle fares max out at $5.05. Full ferry schedules and other ferry information is available at www.wsdot. PT - COUPEVILLE SCHEDULE

Crossing time: Approximately 30 minutes Summer Schedule June 24-Sept. 29, 2018 Leave Port Townsend: Morning: 6:30, 8:00, 8:45 (MTxH), 9:30, 10:15, 11:00, 11:45 Afternoon: 12:30, 1:15, 2:00, 2:45, 3:30, 4:15 (FSSH), 5:15, 6:00 (Fri), 6:45, 8:30, 10:00 (FriSat) Leave Coupeville: Morning: 7:15, 8:45, 9:30 (MThxH), 10:15, 11:00, 11:45. Afternoon: 12:30, 1:15, 2:00, 2:45,

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Another popular ferry route for Port Townsend residents is the one from Bainbridge Island to Seattle. The Bainbridge Island ferry terminal is 47 miles from Port Townsend and the trip takes about an hour and 20 minutes. The 6,521-foot long Hood Canal Bridge, however, can be closed to vehicle traffic at any time for 10 to 45 minutes, as the bridge opens when necessary to allow boats and U.S. Navy craft to pass. Motorists may easily subscribe to Hood Canal Bridge information by sending a text message to 468311 with the words “wsdot hood”. Unsubscribe by texting “wsdot stop” to the same number.

Washington state ferries 2017 Ridership report Total PT-Coupeville 806,823 % change from -1.5 % of total ridership 3.3

Vehicles Passengers Walk-ons 365,546 441,277* 120,905 -1.8 -1.3 2.4 3.4 3.2 1.7

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Tribal Tour: Villages of then and now dot the Olympic Peninsula coast The Tribal Conoe Journey stops in Port Townsend during the summer of 2017. Leader file photo. kirk boxleitner

Americans occupy the N ative past, present and future of the

Olympic Peninsula. Of the past, they are the first people living here for at least 14,000 years and likely longer, networked together by kinship and oceangoing dugout canoes from cedar trees. In the present, they occupy extensive coastal reservations, and several manage their own sovereign territories. For the future, they work every day to ensure their young people learn the traditions and spiritual practices so the timeless wisdom of their culture is never lost. They welcome visitors to see their places, learn their history, witness traditional practices and immerse themselves in the awesome power and beauty of the natural world of the Olympic Peninsula. All they ask in return is their land, their practices and their people are treated with respect. This short tour of highlights is presented from east (Jefferson County) to west (Pacific Coast).

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The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal center in Blyn has a unique history. This tribe chose not to move to the reservation established at Skokomish by the 1855 treaty. So, in 1874, its members purchased 210 acres of land along the coast north of the city of Sequim, at what is now called Jamestown. Today, the Tribal government is located in Blyn at the foot of Sequim Bay on a campus a driver on U.S. Highway 101 cannot miss. Walk the Tribal government campus to see numerous totem poles, visit the House of Myths Carving Shed, Northwest Native Expressions Gallery and the Tribal Library on the water side of the highway. For the Carving Shed, call ahead to see if a master carver is active on the day you are visiting: 360-681-3415. Carvers use the shed to create huge cedar totems, employing many of the traditional tools and methods. At least eight finished totems decorate the tribal center grounds; each tells a story. Heading west along Highway 101 you will find the Tribe’s Longhouse Market, Deli and Fueling Station and 7 Cedars Casino.

A wealth of information can be found at, and much more historic information at the Tribe’s online museum:; and the collections in the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Library (http://library. focus on Native American authors and topics, both historical and contemporary, with a focus on the Pacific Northwest. All are welcome. SEQUIM MASTODON

How do we know the Native Americans of this land have lived here for at least 14,000 years? Until the mid-1980s, archaeologists thought they had arrived 10,000-12,000 years ago. But, in the summer of 1977, a backhoe operated by Sequim farmer Emanuel Mannis dug up what turned out to be the skeleton of a mastodon. Embedded in its ribs was the tip of a human-carved spear. Radiocarbon dating has determined the artifacts are at least 13,800 years old, representing proof Native American hunters were active at least by then. The mastodon’s bones, partly reconstructed, are on exhibit at the Sequim Museum and ▼ See TRIBAL, page 16▼

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TRIBAL ▼Continued from page 14▼

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The Olympic Peninsula’s most famous village site is Ozette, of which more information is found below. But, another village, Tse-whit-zen, dominated headlines for several months and is still revered by the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, whose territory incorporated what is now Port Angeles, which still includes the low reaches of the mighty Elwha River. The village, thought to be 2,700 years old and includes extensive burial grounds, was rediscovered by contractors charged with getting the westernmost part of Port Angeles harbor ready for a huge dry dock. Ground was broken in 2003. But, artifacts and human remains were found almost at once. At first, the discovery led to an archaeological project that, in just eight months, produced 13,000 artifacts and the remains of more than 330 bodies. Tribal elders said enough was enough. The tribe told the Washington State Department of Transportation to walk away from the $70 million spent to date, and to build the pontoons somewhere else. According to Marilyn Edgington, a tribal lands official, the site was covered and is to be left undisturbed. Enough was discovered to establish the village is the largest pre-European site excavated in the state. The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe does not have a museum, but some artifacts from Tse-whit-zen are on display at the Tribal Heritage Center, which has free admission. Learn more at Most outsiders have heard of the Elwha River because of the removal of two dams, built a century ago and now gone. After a decade of debate, removal started in 2011 and was completed in 2014. Since then, salmon runs and other signs of habitat

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restoration have returned, moving it back toward becoming the S’Klallam lifeline it had been for so many generations. There are two good places to get a glimpse of this historic process. • The 210-feet-high Glines Canyon Dam in the Olympic National Park, which was jammed into a narrow canyon, once sent power to a pulp mill in Port Angeles. An overview of the old dam site is accessible off U.S. Hwy. 101. Turn south onto the Olympic Hot Springs Road, just east of the highway bridge over the Elwha. In about 4 miles, veer left onto Whiskey Bend Road; the destination will be soon thereafter. • The area where the Elwha empties into the Strait of Juan de Fuca now reveals 70 acres of new beach and estuary habitat. It was formed from millions of tons of sediment released by the dam removal. The river’s mouth is mostly on Elwha tribal land; the polite public is welcome. Take U.S. HWY. 101 west; at State Route 112, go north and west, cross the Elwha; at Place Road, turn north; follow Place Road to the coast; at Elwha Dike Road, turn right. Park in the public lot (which has portable toilets); walk to the mouth. Hardy cold-water surfers will likely be in view. OZETTE VILLAGE AND THE MAKAH

“The beginning of the world” is how Neah Bay promotes itself to the outside world, and it takes a real effort to get to the farthest northwest point in the continental U.S. But, it is worth it, and thanks to the Makah Tribe and its world-class Makah Museum, the “beginning of the world” is not just about the edge of the continent, but is also about the homes, tools, practices and arts Native Americans enjoyed at the dawn of human history. Ozette was a thriving village in a protected stretch of the wild Pacific Coast 16 miles south of what is now called Neah Bay. Archaeology indicates it had been occupied for more than 2,000 years, with many long-

houses stretching along three-quarters of a mile of coastline. Its men pursued whales and seals; its women wove baskets and prepared food. They actively traded up and down the coast. In about 1560, according to radiocarbon tests, the village was buried by a mud slurry. The mud pushed over but preserved the housing materials, whale bones, tools and all the other artifacts of daily life, offering the Northwest’s best-preserved glimpse of life before Europeans and before the terrible diseases wiping out so much of native life and culture. In 1970, Makah leaders saw ocean storms were tearing away the mud bluff and washing artifacts out to sea. They invited Washington State University archaeologist Richard Daugherty to organize and lead a dig, and he did – for 11 years. The work involved native and nonnative students working side by side. The result was a rich trove of items – 55,000 items – and a clear idea of Ozette life, much of it displayed in the Makah Museum in Neah Bay, which opened in 1979. One highlight is a full replica of a longhouse, including Makah songs playing in the background. To get to Neah Bay, take SR 112, which forks north from U.S. Hwy. 101 a few miles west of Port Angeles; it’s a long, winding and beautiful 75mile drive along the coast. You can also hike to the Ozette site itself, which is again covered. On SR 112 a couple of miles past Sekiu, the Hoko-Ozette Road forks to the south. The 21-mile winding road ends at Lake Ozette, the state’s largest natural lake, and the Ozette Ranger Station. A 3-mile cedar boardwalk winds to the Pacific Coast. A short hike north leads to a nondescript, abandoned house. To the north is what was Ozette. You can turn this trip into a 9-mile loop; hiking south along the beach leads to another boardwalk back to the Ozette Ranger Station. Pay attention to the tides. Learn more at

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Shop for local food from farmers and artisan vendors at the Jefferson County Farmers Markets. Photo by Katie Kowalski

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its bounty of farmers, artisan W ith producers, cheesemongers and

more, Jefferson County is a food-lovers mecca. You’ll see locally sourced products on many a menu, and can chat with vendors at markets and flagship shops to learn more about their fresh wares. If you can’t decide where to go, ask a local. We’re always ready to share our favorite places to eat, whether you’re looking for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a late-night bite.


Ambling through the farmers market is a weekly weekend delight. Freshly picked bunches of red radishes and bags brimming with tender spinach fill the stands of local farmers, sweet nibbles abound, scents of savory cuisine permeate the air, and the sounds of live, lively tunes and children playing infuse the little Uptown block with the atmosphere of a small-town festival.

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A flourishing fixture of the community, the Jefferson County Farmers Market organization – which includes two markets in Port Townsend and one in Chimacum – boasts more than 80 vendors, many of which have grown into the successful businesses they are today thanks to the markets’ support. If you’re looking for a true local experience, the farmers markets are the place to be. The Saturday market in Uptown Port Townsend is open from April through December, while the Sunday market in Chimacum is open June through October. There’s also the midweek Wednesday market to tide locals over, located at the Haines Place Park and Ride open June through September. Linger a while, sample the fresh fruits and veggies, grab a pastry or a plate of paella, check out the arts and crafts scene and taste the local artisan culture of Jefferson County. (P.S. If you need some quick cash, stop at the market booth to buy a $20 “In Flora We Trust” wooden token, which can be used like cash at the market.)

If you’re looking for a special farm-focused event, there’s the market’s Artisan Food Festival in May, and the Farm Tour in September. Both events are free to attend. DINING OUT

For a classic and romantic dining experience, try the Silverwater – with its New York steak with green peppercorn mushroom cream sauce – or Alchemy Bistro & Wine Bar, offering a delectable menu with entrees like wild Alaskan king salmon with a tomato saffron cream. Lanza’s Ristorante is a favorite, offering Italian fare in a dar, cozy setting, and new-to-town Finestere offers a local, Northwest-influenced menu. And, a plate of creamy pasta at the cozy cafe The Fountain is hard to pass up. Out in the county, there’s the Old Alcohol Plant in Port Hadlock, and the Timberhouse in Quilcene.


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downtown favorite El Sarape, and, if you’re in a rush, 1-2-3- Thai offers fast, fresh takeout. Fresh sushi is madeto-order at Hanazono, Ichikawa and Aldrich’s Market. BURGERS

Jefferson County residents often say they like the classic burgers at Burger’s Landing in Port Hadlock and at Siren’s Pub in Port Townsend. Quench and The Old Whisky Mill offer flavorful twists on the classic burger, with ingredients like grilled pineapple and chile tomato jam.


For seafood, including clam chowder and fish and chips, try out Sea J’s Cafe, Scampi & Halibuts, Doc’s Marina Grill or the Silverwater. For fresh oysters, you could make a day trip out to Hamma Hamma in Brinnon.


For a quick bite, pastries are available all over town and at many coffee shops. For a freshly baked experience, check out Pane D’Amore in Uptown Port Townsend for a sweet or savory croissant, or a loaf of bread to bring to the park with fresh cheese. For sitdown dining, Blue Moose Cafe in Port Hadlock and Point Hudson Cafe are local favorites. Farm’s Reach Cafe in Chimacum offers many fresh options; their breakfast burger bursts with eggs, avocado and a savory salsa.

Dented Buoy serves up woodfired pizza at Finnriver Farm & Cider. Photo by Katie Kowalski



You’re always close to pizza in Port Townsend – and beyond. There’s local favorite Waterfront Pizza offering big single slices from its downtown kitchen, with dining upstairs. Tin Brick is a great place to watch sports and eat thincrust pizza with classics like margarita or more adventurous pies like buffalo chicken with a tangy sauce. For the gluten intolerant, they also offer a great gluten-free crust. Hillbottom Pie offers gourmet pizzas topped with fresh in-

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gredients like and an array of mouthwatering seasonal soups. And, their caesar salad is a treat. Also downtown is the Pizza Factory, and out in the county is Ferino’s Pizzeria in Port Hadlock. For a special local experience, try Dented Buoy at Finnriver, woodfired pizza with farm-sourced toppings like cherry tomatoes and zucchini, and Flutterby pizza, which pops up at various locations and festivals in the summer. There’s a bunch of food carts, and they pop up anywhere and everywhere during the year. The Farmers Market is a great place to get to know many of our food carts, but you’ll find them at many festivals, at summer Concerts on the Dock and parked outside breweries like the Pourhouse and Port Townsend Brewing Company. Here’s some local favorites: Mo-Chilli BBQ, Paella House, Crepes, and more. For other quick eats, check out Key City Fish’s Tacos for tacos

bursting with fresh meats or seafood, veggies and cheese, fish-and-chips from Sea J’s, and Dogs-A-Foot downtown. Another great quick bite option are the Bahn Mi sandwiches at Pho Thao, which, as its name suggests, also serves pho. The Vietnamese restaurant is located across the street from the Pourhouse, and the staff are happy to serve your meal to you at the seaside tap room. DESSERT

End the night on a sweet note with any of the chocolaty, creamy or fruity delights at our town’s restaurants. Silverwater and Alchemy offer decadent options. Grab a slice of pie at Hillbottom Pie, or shortbread from Jane Dough’s. And, if you’re looking for a sweet treat mid-day or evening, Elevated Ice Cream is a favorite of both tourists and locals, offering its homemade creamy ice creams. Its colorful candy shop is also a draw for both kids and adults.

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you’re looking for an earW hether ly-morning mocha, afternoon tea, a 4:20 p.m. high or an evening glass of red, Jefferson County has you covered – especially if you’re looking for a locallymade buzz. TEA & COFFEE

Better Living Through Coffee at 100 Tayler St. in Port Townsend offers a classic coffeeshop experience – right on the water. Sip a pour-over made with beans roasted in Port Townsend, or try one of their lattes made with your choice of milk (organic whole milk, homemade coconut milk, and almond and hemp milk.) For a spicy, chocolaty experience, try the Chetzemoka, a spiced mocha named in honor of Chief Chetzemoka. The coffee shop also offers made-in-house baked goods along with soups, salads and quiches. Wine and beer are also offered, as are a selection of teas that one can order as a proper brew, or made into a latte. At the end of Water Street – in the

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A glass of wine at Port Townsend Vineyards. Photo by Katie Kowalski

bright yellow building that houses the Northwest Maritime Center, is Velocity – the well-lit, minimally designed space offers light and medium roasts from Olympia Coffee Roasting company, local teas and special lattes, pastries from Port Townsend’s Pane d’Amore, and bagels, also made by a local business, Bob’s Bagels. Like Better Living Through Coffee, Sunrise Coffee Company roasts its own beans for java available at its flagship store at 308 10th St. (in the Boat Haven). Their coffee is also available at different businesses in Port Townsend, including Aldrich’s Market and Getables. Java Gypsy, a rolling coffee cart, appears at farmers markets in Port Townsend and Chimacum. It also pops up at different festivals and events around town, offering a selection of drinks. Their black coffee tastes so creamy, you might want to skip the cream. For a relaxing tea experience, head to Pippa’s Real Tea at 636 Water St. There’s

over 100 teas offered at the shop that’s been listed twice in a row as a winner of Seattle A-List, and owner Pippa Mills will help you find your way through those, whatever your taste. For a to-go drink on the road, visit Mean Bean in Port Townsend or Easy Times Espresso in Port Hadlock. CIDER

Finnriver Farm & Cidery in Chimacum is the place to be on warm summer days. Or really any time of year. A cidery and orchard on a working farm, Finnriver offers its own elixirs on tap – or mixed with their brandy. There’s classic dry cider, seasonal favorites like Lavender Black Current and Solstice Saffron, and ones to surprise your senses like habanero. To complement your bubbles, there’s also woodfired pizza, fresh local oysters and brats made with local meat. Sit in the covered cider garden and listen to live music on the weekends, or wander the fields and orchards.

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It’s also a great place to take kids. Eaglemount Winery and Cidery has a tasting room at the Palindrome, nestled in the woods known as Arcadia. Eaglemount produces hard cider and mead sourced from apple trees on its homestead. The Palindrome, a 1908 farmhouse, also hosts concerts, dance parties and private events. Alpenfire Cider is an organic orchard and cidery with a tasting room located at 220 Pocket Lane in Port Townsend. They offer annual and limited special releases. WINE & SPIRITS

Port Townsend Vineyards is situated on a hill near the city’s southern entrance, and has a downtown tasting room on Taylor Street. Their wine is grown, crushed, aged and bottled by hand, and served by experts who will help guide you through their offerings. Both the winery and the tasting room offer wines on tap served in a sleek but rustic space, and an assortment of crackers, cheeses and chocolates to complement the reds, whites, roses and bubbles. Out in the country, Marrowstone Vineyards at 423 Meade Road overlooks the Puget Sound, with views of islands and mountains. Visitors can sample hand-crafted wines in the the

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A pint of beer is never far away in Port Townsend. On sunny days, check out the bay-side Pourhouse, 2231 Washington St. for a selection of 12 rotating taps, cider, wine by the glass and over 100 bottled and canned beers. A bit further down the road, in the Boat Haven is Port Townsend Brewing Company, which brews its own beers at 330 10th St. The brewery offers a selection of ales year-round, along with seasonal favorites such as the Yoda Great Tea beer created a few years back for the Strange Brewfest, which takes place every January in Port Townsend, and ended up on the brewery’s seasonal rotation. Between the Pourhouse and Port Townsend Brewing Co. is Propolis, which offers old-world ales inspired by the farmhouse traditions of France and Belgium. Here, the brews are crafted with seasonal herbs and botanicals like nettle and yarrow. Quilcene also has its own brewery, the 101 Brewery at the Twana Roadhouse which offers beers on tap named after the area’s logging tradition.


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barn’s tasting room, and view artwork by local artists. FairWinds Winery, just outside of Port Townsend on Hastings Avenue offers wines made from the lesser-known Washington state grape varieties, along with more mainstream selections. Port Townsend also boasts its own craft distillery, Admiralty Distillers, 820 Lake St., which uses water from the Olympic Mountains and regional ingredients in distilling brandy, whiskey and gin.

Eight retail marijuana shops in and around Port Townsend will help you find your perfect high. The shops sell buds, pre-rolled joins, edibles and more, with many locally-produced products. In Port Townsend is the Reefer Den, 2123 W. Sims Way and Sweet Relief Cannabis Co., 2427 West Simms Way. Chimacum offers Chimacum Cannabis, 9034 Beaver Valley Road and Herbal Access Retail, 8962 Beaver Valley Road. In Port Hadlock is Better Buds, 841 Ness’ Corner Road. On Highway 101 is Sea Change Cannabis, 282332 Highway 101, which calls itself “The Biggest Little Weed Cabin in Washington State" and Discovery Bay Cannabis, 282023 Highway 101, which operates out of a train car.


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Music, theatre, movies and more Anami dances amid flames at a festival in Port Townsend. Photo by Katie Kowalski

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Seaport and Arts Community” reads the offiA Victorian cial sign welcoming people into Port Townsend.

And what an arts community it is. Both in and outside of the city, there’s plenty of music, theater and more to fill up any day of the week, any day of the month – whatever the weather, whatever your mood. Check out highlights here. For up-to-date information, pick up a copy of The Leader. MUSIC

Whatever scene you desire – romantic acoustic evenings; psychedelic rock; danceable beats in the sun – you’re bound to find a variety of live music options every day of the week. Every Thursday in mid-July through August, Concerts on the Dock in downtown Port Townsend draws out hundreds to dance to bands – a mix of local cover-playing favorites and up-and-coming Northwest groups. Out in Coyle every other weekend, spring through winter, are Concerts in the Woods, bringing singer songwriters from around the country. Looking for a bar scene? Cellar Door, located underground on Water Street downtown is a great late-night spot for catching music seven days a week, from jazz to karaoke, punk-rock

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shows to indie rock bands. The Pourhouse taproom and beer garden located on the water near the Boat Haven draws crowds on the weekends to listen to music while drinking beer, playing petanque or ping pong. Outside the city, Disco Bay Detour offers a smaller more intimate setting for music, Monday movies, and a regular series of discussions on Bigfoot. Live music is also offered regularly at Sirens Pub, at Port Townsend Brewing Co. and at the Uptown Pub. Check out the community calendar in The Leader for weekly listings. On warm summer evenings or chilly winter afternoons, check out the weekend music series at Finnriver Farm & Cidery’s outdoor pavilion (covered in the colder months). Sip locally crafted cider and listen to live music in an idyllic farm setting. Open to all ages, Finnriver is also a perfect place for parents to relax while the kids play in the field. Port Townsend and Jefferson County are also home to a handful of choirs, and a community orchestra, which offer concerts year-round. FORT WORDEN

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shops and events, including the writers conference. Centrum also hosts the Olympic Music Festival, offering world-class chamber music concerts during the summer. Also at the fort is the Port Townsend School of the Arts, offering classes year-round, poetry press Coppery Canyon Press, and the Port Townsend School of Woodworking. A new bar, Taps at the Guardhouse, hosts live music on Fridays. McCurdy Pavilion also hosts events throughout the year. Last year, the refurbished balloon hangar hosted Port Townsend’s juggling ninja group, THEATER

To be or not to be in Port Townsend this August. That’s not even a question. Visiting Port Townsend this summer to see Key City Public Theater’s production of “Hamlet” is a must. The Shakespeare in the Park event will take place Aug. 3-26 at Chetzemoka Park. In the winter, the theater also puts on a holiday tradition called “Spirit of the Yule,” a musical version of the classic “A Christmas Carol” set in Victorian Port Townsend. The Port Townsend theater also produces a full season of other shows throughout the year, and in 2018 is celebrating its 60th season. Outside the city, Ludlow Village Players, a nonprofit all-volunteer performing arts association provides live theater each spring.


Free literary readings are held regularly at the Writers’ Workshoppe and Imprint Books in downtown Port Townsend, and PT Shorts – which features dramatic readings of contemporary literature – takes place monthly at Key City Public Theatre or Northwind Arts Center to coincide with First Saturday Art Walk. In July, Centrum brings writers from around the world to Fort Worden for its esteemed Writers Conference, which also offers free readings open to the public. Poets can attend open mic nights, offered monthly on the third Tuesday at Better Living through Coffee and third Friday at Pippa’s Real Tea, both located in downtown Port Townsend.


Art Walk takes place the first Saturday of every month in downtown Port Townsend. Start on Water Street at Gallery 9 and wander your way through the galleries and other venues, sipping wine and chatting up artists showing their work. Be sure to check out Northwind Arts Center for shows that draw regional and worldwide artists. Jefferson County Museum of Art and History also hosts a series of art shows in a gallery space devoted to art old and new. Blending arts and fashion, the annual Wearable Arts show takes place annually in May. If you’re looking for a great crafts fair, Port Townsend doesn’t disappoint, with arts and crafts fairs taking place downtown and Uptown in May, August, Septem-

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Northwind Arts Center in downtown Port Townsend hosts monthly shows and events. Photo by Katie Kowalski

ber and November, and a big weekend of fairs in Chimacum in December. And of course, the Saturday Farmers Market is itself a small-scale crafts fair featuring pottery, jewelry, soaps and more made by local vendors. SMALL-TOWN CINEMA

For film lovers, the Port Townsend Film Festival is a must, offering a multitude of films (including free outdoor movies) over three weekends in September. A smaller, female-focused festival, Women & Film, takes place annually in April. Movies play regularly downtown at the Rose Theatre and Uptown at the Uptown Theatre. A special delight for the 21-and-over crowd is the Starlight Room, a collaboration between the Rose Theatre and the Silverwater Cafe. Think classy Victorian décor with plush armchairs, couches for two, a chandelier, a full bar and menu and, of course, Rose Theatre’s famous popcorn served in wooden bowls. Families looking for a bit of nostalgia can check out one of the last five outdoor theaters in the state, the Drive-In Theatre operated by the Uptown Theatre just outside of Port Townsend.


The number of festivals in Jefferson County could take up an entire publication. Here’s some to keep on your calendar. Rhododendron Festival with its culminating Cake Picnic, Port Townsend Artisan Food Festival, Brass Screw Confederacy Steampunk Festival, Old School 4th of July at Fort Worden, Jefferson County Fair, the Uptown Crafts Fair and Parade, the Wooden Boat Festival, Port Townsend Film Festival, Jefferson County Farm Tour, the Great Port Townsend Bay Kinetic Skulpture Race, the Chimacum and Port Townsend crafts fairs in November and December, Strange Brewfest, Victorian Festival and Women & Film. See events calendar for dates.

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There’s so much to do on the Olympic Peninsula – from walking and hiking to beachcombing and swimming – and then there are fishing and sailing and rowing. There are some wonderful indoor activities, with music, dance, art and even a good read, but if you are traveling through the Olympic Peninsula, being outside with nature is what’s happening. There are a few exceptions. One exception is the Port Townsend Marine Science Center, which is located at Fort Worden State Park. It’s probably the best place to start to get acquainted with the natural wonders of the peninsula. The center is housed in a small building at 532 Battery Way, 34 • Port Towsend & Jefferson County Leader • Getaway 2018

down by the water, and has nice educational exhibits. There also are aquaria, touch pools and a hands-on exhibit across from the main center at the end of the pier. PTMSC is a must-see for kids of any age. The center also offers camps, lectures and programs for all ages. Visit or call 360-385–5582. Beach, history, camping, exploring: While you are at Fort Worden State Park, explore. The 434-acre park has two miles of shoreline and is rich with history and creativity. It’s a great place to fly a kite, fish, swim, beachcomb, bird watch or picnic. And, how about marshmallows over an open fire? Kayaks and bikes are available for rent, and there are several museums to explore. But, grab a flashlight and take the kids to the fort’s old bunkers first, so they’ll want to learn more. Read all about it: If it’s raining or dreary outside, do check out the libraries. In Port Townsend, teen writers meet 3-4 p.m. every Friday at the Charles Pink House, 1256 Lawrence St. during the school year. Drop-ins are welcome. There also are story times for babies and toddlers, as well as a family story hour the second Saturday of the month. Call 360-385-3181 or check out The Jefferson County Library is at 620 Cedar Ave. in Port Hadlock. Call 360-385-6544 or visit for information on story times and other offerings. Indoor pool: Sun gone? Still need to swim? Take note there is an indoor pool owned by the city of Port Townsend at Mountain View, 1919 Blaine St. Call 360-385-7665. Free for children 3 and under, $4 for youth ages 4-17 and $5 for adults. Family passes are $12. Learn more at Playgrounds and parks: Don’t forget school playgrounds also are open for public use. Blue Heron Middle School has an all-weather track for those who need to keep their feet moving. One sweet pocket park in downtown Port Townsend is located on the waterfront next to Elevated Ice Cream Co. & Candy Shop at 631 Water St. Grab an ice cream cone and then head over to play at the Pope Marine Park. It’s across from City Hall. Chetzemoka Park is also a beautiful park. It includes tire swings and a nice swing more appropriate for old sweethearts, perhaps. Look for a path leading down to the beach. Check out city parks by going to Skate park: For those who have brought their skate board and helmet, and need a skate fix, the Port Townsend Skate Park, at the corner of Monroe and Tyler streets, is a gem, and it’s right downtown. It has what skateboarders call “deep bowls.” There’s also a portable toilet and drinking fountain. The park opens at 8 a.m. Find some nice photos of this venue at Quilcene Bay: One the favorite places to swim in Jefferson County is a bit of a drive to get to, but the water is shallow and warm, unlike the ocean waves that smack at the shores in Port Townsend. Head to Quilcene and just off Center Road, take East Quilcene Road.

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RV/CAMPING PORT TOWNSEND Fort Worden State Park · Port Townsend 98368 · 360-344-4431 · and/or Jefferson County Fairgrounds · 4907 Landes St, Port Townsend 98368 · 360-385-1013 · Fort Townsend State Park · 1370 Old Fort Townsend Rd, Port Townsend 98368 · 360-385-3595 · Point Hudson Marina & RV Park · 103 Hudson St, Port Townsend 98368 · 360-385-2828 · *City of Port Townsend Business License

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3002 Mount Angeles Road, Port Angeles, WA 98362 360-565-3130

Sequim-Dungeness Valley Chamber of Commerce 1192 E. Washington St., Sequim, WA 98382 360-683-6197, 800-737-8462 Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center 121 E. Railroad Ave., Port Angeles, WA 98362 360-452-2363

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Visitor Info Centers

Forks Chamber of Commerce (“Twilight” tour center) 1411 S Forks Avenue, Forks WA 98331 360-374-2531

Sol Duc Hot Springs


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Olympic Discovery Trail

Olymic Coast National Marine Sanctuary

Olympic National Park Visitor Center

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Ocean Shores

Aberdeen Hoquiam

Tide Table for Olympic National Park

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Port Townsend Visitor Center (Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce) 2409 Jefferson St., Port Townsend, WA 98368 360-385-2722, 888-ENJOYPT Olympic Peninsula Gateway Visitor Center Six miles from Hood Canal Bridge, at the junction of State Route 104 and State Route 19 93 Beaver Valley Road (State Route 19), Port Ludlow, WA 98365 360-437-0120 Quilcene Visitor Center (North Hood Canal Chamber of Commerce) Located in Olympic National Forest’s Quilcene Ranger District Office 295142 U.S. Highway 101, Quilcene, WA 98376 360-765-4999

state Kingston ferry Edmonds




From Port Townsend

Brinnon Visitor Center (North Hood Canal Chamber of Commerce) 306144 U.S. Highway 101, Brinnon, WA 98320 360-796-4350

Port Ludlow 16 miles Quilcene 25 miles Kingston 33 miles



Brinnon 37 miles Seattle 50 miles Tacoma 80 miles Olympia 92 miles Sea-Tac Airport 100 miles



Vancouver, B.C. 122 miles Portland, Ore. 222 miles

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# of Units Complimentary Breakfast Internet Meeting Facilities Children Welcome• Pet Friendly Handicap Access Pool/Hot or Jetted Tub

Hotels & Motels Hadlock Motel

181 Chimacum Rd

Port Hadlock





Mount Walker Inn

61 Maple Grove Rd










Heart of Port Hadlock



Peaceful Escape

Old Alcohol Plant

310 Hadlock Bay Rd.

Port Hadlock









Waterfront views

The Resort at Port Ludlow

One Heron Rd

Port Ludlow









Water view, golf, marina

Amber Lights B&B

4042 Hastings Ave W

Port Townsend 98368







Forest retreat

Harbor House

309257 Hwy 101








Solstice Farm B&B

6503 Beaver Valley Rd.









Working farm

A Ship A’shore

270A Disney Road








Private beach

Adelma Beach Cabin (June-Sept)

262 Adelma Beach Rd Port Townsend 98368



Aerie House

223 Aerie Lane

Port Townsend 98368




Alegria Guest House

4934 SR 20

Port Townsend 98368





An Inn Between

5825 Old Gardiner Rd

Port Townsend 98368






A Wolves’ Den

269 N Jacob Miller Rd

Port Townsend 98368






Bay Cottage

4346 S. Discovery Rd

Port Townsend 98368




Beach Cottages on Marrowstone

10 Beach Dr






Cabin on the Canal

Near Pleasant Harbor







Access to Hood Canal

Cabins at Treefrog Woods

1280 Cape George Rd

Port Townsend 98368





Private cabins

Chevy Chase Beach Cabins

3710 S Discovery Rd

Port Townsend 98368







Chimacum Ridge Lodge

1505 Center Rd









Olympic Mt. view

Cove RV Park

303075 Highway 101








2 nights minimum

Crow’s Nest Cabin

5073 Flagler Rd





Dabob Bay Cottage

840 Piper Rd





Eaglemount Rockery Cottages

1822 SR 20

Port Townsend 98368



Elk Meadows

3485 Dosewallips Rd





Fairmount Beach House

1071 Fairmount Rd

Port Townsend 98368



Fort Flagler State Park Retreat

10541 Flagler Rd





Guest Nest

389A Arcadia West

Port Townsend 98368




Kathy’s Place at Discovery Bay

on Discovery Bay

Port Townsend 98368




Loony Hollow Guest House

466 Piper Rd.





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308913 US Hwy 101








Port Ludlow Vacation Rentals

Admiralty 1 Condos

Port Ludlow






Windermere Vacation Rentals

PO Box 770







Zen River Retreat

423 Lords Lake Loop







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Pleasant Harbor Marina House

West Jefferson County Cedar Creek Cabins & Eagles Nest

107 Dowans Creek Rd







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Hoh Valley Cabins at Elk Meadows

5843 Upper Hoh Rd



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Kalaloch Lodge

157151 Hwy 101







Rainforest Hostel

169312 Hwy 101







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Campgrounds & Parks County Fairgrounds

4907 Landes St

Port Townsend











Collins Campground

Hwy 101, 6 mi. from 101 Brinnon





Dosewallips State Park

Hwy 101, 1/4 mi. S of






Falls View Campground

Hwy 101, 3.5 mi. S of






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10541 Flagler Rd











Fort Townsend State Park

1370 Old Fort Townsend Rd

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Lake Leland County Park

165 Leland Valley Rd.






Oak Bay Lower County Camp.

301 Portage Way

Port Hadlock






Oak Bay Upper County Camp.

290 Cleveland St

Port Hadlock






Quilcene Co. Campground

294964 Hwy 101







Seal Rock Campground

1 mile N of Brinnon






Cove RV Park

303075 Hwy 101







Hard Rain Café & RV Park

5763 Upper Hoh Rd.







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Hwy 101 & Brinnon Ln








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44 Breaker Ln

Port Ludlow







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9142 Flagler Rd









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County Beaches Kick back and relax on the coastline

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largely coastal community, A sJeffa erson County features a

number of recreational opportunities on the water, as seen in this listing of county parks including beaches: • East Beach Park is at 330 East Beach Rd. in Nordland. This 1-acre park includes two picnic areas and shelters, a sandy saltwater beach to walk along, views of Admiralty Inlet, restrooms, and a fireplace to warm you. Horse riding is allowed. • Gibbs Lake Park is at 110 Gibbs Lake Rd. in Chimacum. This 310-acre park includes a picnic area, a freshwater swimming beach, a 40-acre lake, catch-and-release trout fishing, 8 miles of single-track mountain biking and hiking trails, cliffs, restrooms, bicycle log rides and challenges, canoeing and birdwatching. • Indian Island Park is at 3456 Fort Flagler Rd. in Port Hadlock. This 220-acre includes eight picnic areas and shelters, 2 miles of saltwater beach to walk along and swim in, multi-purpose trails with views of Oak Bay, restrooms, birdwatching, exploration, fishing and clamming. Do not forget to get a shellfish permit, though, and dig in the right season. • Irondale Beach Park is at 562 Moore St. in Port Hadlock. This 12.5-acre park includes a picnic area, the historic site of Irondale Mill, a sandy saltwater beach, the mouth of Chimacum Creek and views of Port Townsend Bay. • North Beach Park is at 5880 Kuhn St. in Port Townsend. This 1-acre park, described as “the best local beach park in Port Townsend” by Jefferson County Parks and Recreation, includes four picnics and 42 • Port Towsend & Jefferson County Leader • Getaway 2018

When the warm weather hits, people enjoy the sun down by the beach. Photo by kelli Ameling

Local Advice

Don't be afraid to pickup trash or plastic. Help keep our beaches clean for all to enjoy. Please leave it better than you found it!

shelters, a sandy saltwater beach, Fort Worden, views of the San Juan Islands and a restroom. Horse riding is allowed. Regardless of which park you visit, be sure to check advisories at local lakes before you go, since recent years have seen toxic algae blooms make some lakes unsafe for swimming.

Jefferson County Public Health monitors local lakes for blue/green algae. In 2009, levels warranted a health advisory, and people were asked to avoid swimming in Anderson, Gibbs and Leland lakes. Pets should not be allowed to drink from lakes when algae bloom is present, and lakes are posted when algae blooms occur. Visit the Public Health website at for more information. For complete information on parks in the county, visit the Jefferson County Parks and Recreation website at or call 360385-9129.

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CITIES & TOWNS Editor’s note: Information regarding statistics of each area in Jefferson County was established through information provided by, and

Bridgehaven The Bridgehave community is located a few miles south of the west end of the Hood Canal Bridge and is operated by the Bridgehaven Community Club Association. The community has about 200 lots in Bridgehaven, most with homes on them. Bridgehaven operates with an elected board of directors, water board and an architectural committee. Bridgehave has a water manager to maintain its class A water system, which feeds Bridgehaven and the communities just north and south of it. In Bridgehaven, there is about 300 feet of waterfront property, with a large picnic pavilion, a boat launch and parking, as well as a 20 slip floating marina dock and a fish cleaning station. Bridgehaven is located about 25 miles south of Port Townsend and 9 miles south of Port Ludlow.

Brinnon A census-designated place in south Jefferson County, Brinnon is home to about 800 residents as of the latest census. Known for being the oldest Boy Scout Camp west of the Mississippi - founded in 1919, Brinnon was named in 1860 after Elwell Brinnon who took a donation land claim at the river’s mouth. Brinnon is located about 61 miles north of Olympia and is located on the Olympic Peninsula's east side, along Hood Canal on the eastern edge of the Olympic National Forest. The median household income is about $51,000, with the median property value at $263,400. Brinnon is about 38 miles south of Port Townsend and about 13 miles south of Quilcene. leader file photo 46 • Port Towsend & Jefferson County Leader • Getaway 2018


leader file photo The Chimacum Valley, named for the Chemakum Tribe that once lived on the land. The unincorporated community is a known for its agriculture in the eastern Olympic Peninsula. In 2014, the Jefferson County Land Trust, in collaboration with Washington State University, designated more than 15 acres of undeveloped agricultural land in central Chimacum to be reserved as incubator farms and called the Chimacum Commons. Chimacum is home to Chimacum School District 49, one of four school districts in Jefferson County. Chimacum is located is about 10 miles south of Port Townsend and 8 miles northwest of Port Ludlow

Clearwater Clearwater was named after the nearby river and is comprised mostly of timberlands with limited private ownership. The unincorporated community is found on the west coast of Jefferson County and is just outside the boundaries of the Quinault Indian Reservation. The influence of the Pacific Ocean gives Clearwater heavy yearround precipitation and an Oceanic climate, according to the Köppen climate classification system. Clearwater is located about 8 miles north of Queets.

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Coyle, Named after an early settler George Coyle, Coyle is located about 16 miles south of Bridgehaven on the Toandos peninsula in an unincorporated area. The Toandos Peninsula is frequently called the Coyle Peninsula because the community of Coyle is located at the tip. It is also known as the Dabob Peninsula as it separates Dabob Bay from the rest of the Hood Canal. The community is known to have a musical event called Concert in the Woods with a summerlong line up.

Coyle is also known for having a clam and oyster harvest. The beach is mostly rocky and digging is difficult but productive for butter clams and native littleneck clams in the mid-low tidal zone. There are also some horse clams and cockles. Geoducks can be found in the sand at extreme low tides below the rocky zone. The waters off Toandos Peninsula State Park stay colder in the summer than most of Hood Canal and the oysters here are known to stay in good condition for most of the summer.

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Discovery Bay Located about 13 miles southwest of Port Townsend, the Lavender Capital of North America - Discovery Bay is a small bay that has clean water along forested slopes. There are no official public parks, beaches, boat launches, or parking lots, but there are plenty of hotels and B&Bs along the water where visitors can enjoy views and beach access. Discovery Bay is located on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington. The bay enters the Strait of Juan de Fuca between the Miller and Quimper Peninsulas. The bay's mouth is just south of Protection Island and is 6–7 miles in length. It is fed by Snow Creek, among other small watercourses. leader file photo

Dabob, Dabob Bay is one of the largest and most-pristine salt marsh bay estuaries in Puget Sound. It is located on the east side of the Bolton Peninsula, which separates Quilcene Bay and Dabob Bay — on the north end of Hood Canal. Dabob Bay is home to six family-owned shellfish companies and is known worldwide for the quality of its water, shellfish and diverse wildlife. Dabob is located about 13 miles south of Discovery Bay and about 23 miles south of Port Townsend. Dabob is home to Dabob Bay Natural Area, which was established in

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1984 to protect rare examples of intact salt marsh and sand spit plant communities within one of Washington’s highest functioning coastal spit and tidal wetland systems. Initially created as a natural area preserve, the site was

enlarged in 2009 to include additional land designated as NAP, along with lands designated as natural resources conservation area. This provides additional opportunities for low-impact public use.

Gardiner Gardiner is an unincorporated community, partially in neighboring Clallam County, and is about 6.5 miles north of Discovery Bay on the MIller Peninsula. Farming, lumbering and fishing still occur in Gardiner, but the area is following the Jefferson County trend away from agriculture, as old homesteads and family farms get subdivided into residences. During the last census, roughly 300 people lived in the area. Although Gardiner is considered a location within Jefferson County, the area is served by the Clallam County Fire District 3. compiled using google maps 48 • Port Towsend & Jefferson County Leader • Getaway 2018

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Indian Island, Indian Island is an unincorporated community located between Port Townsend and Kilisut Harbor. Until the construction of the Port Townsend Ship Canal, Indian Island was connected to the mainland by a broad sand flat and backshore marsh. It is covered by the Indian Island Naval Reserve, and although the last census showed about 200 residents, there are no civilian residences on the island. The Naval Reserve is home to Naval Magazine Indian Island. Indian Island also has a large trail system along the coast. The Indian Island trail is divided into three segments which are given the names

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Portage, Lagoon, and Isthmus. With miles of shoreline that can be hiked on the beach, on the bluffs, or a combination of the two. Lei-

surely beach ramblers, trail runners, and everyone in between will enjoy easy access to nature and the breath-taking scenery of Oak Bay.


Leland, Named after early settler Laura Andrews, Leland is an unincorporated community within Jefferson County. The area is known for Leland Lake, which is a shallow and largely underdeveloped shoreline.

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The first iron producing blast furnace in Washington was completed in Irondale in 1881. About 1200 tons of pig iron was produced during its first year of operation, with ore obtained from Chimacum Valley. The plant was closed in 1889. The initial hope was for Irondale to become a major iron and steel producer for the western United States. At first, it looked as though this dream was going to come true. After only 2 years of production, Irondale had several bars, boarding facilities for both men and horses, homes and accommodations for over 200 workers. Before the local economy and the plant failed in 1889, there were over 400 men employed at the foundry. The town expanded and grew on the sandy bluffs that overlooked the waterside plant. The population for both Irondale and Port Hadlock combined is 3,476.

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Marrowstone Island

leader file photo Discovered by George Vancouver in 1792 and settled in the 1800s by Norwegian immigrants, Marrowstone Island is still home to descendants of the original settlers. As of the last census, Marrowstone Island, which is located east of Indian Island, was home to about 840 people. At the North end of the island is Fort Flagler State Park, a military base built in 1907 to protect the entrance to Puget Sound. Fort Flagler existed as a military base until the early 1950s when it was closed and turned into a state park. The Fort Flagler barracks and bunkers are preserved today and open to the public. There are hiking trails with sights of Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker and the San Juan Islands. The median household income in Marrowstone Island is $48,533, with the median income for a family being $54,397. The median house value is $487,077.

Oil City Considered a ghost town of Jefferson County, Oil City once had a store and a cannery. The company built a camp and put in a few buildings, a cookhouse and a better house for the company manager. A road was built from highway 101 in 1931-32. At one time the Coast Guard had a base there. It was a small group, watching the coast. They used the same buildings that the Oil City people had left. They were mostly foot patrols on the beach. This was at the beginning of World War II, they also watched for

enemy planes. The Olympic Park bought up some of the land in foreclosures, but some was still privately owned. In 1963, the mayor of Port Townsend Dennis Sullivan, received, a letter from H.J. Reichardt inquiring about land his father owned. "For more than 35 years my dad, J.D. Reichardt, has owned lot 1 of block 32, First Addition to Oil City, Jefferson County, Washington. His father had died and he had inherited the property, and oil company wanted him to sign an oil drilling lease and he was interested in information on the oil drilling at Oil City. About 10 or 15 years

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ago, the county put up some of the land that was in forfeiture for sale. I drove out there, curious as to what was left, but it had returned to its natural state. The dreams of riches just a memory.”

Port Hadlock

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Samuel Hadlock moved west in 1846 landing in Washington in what is now known as Port Hadlock in 1870. He contracted with the Washington Mill Company to build a sawmill on a spit of land off the Bay, on a low bank, but deep enough waters for tall ships to moor. Hadlock established a large lumber mill. Lumber from the mill was shipped to San Francisco, and as far away as Australia and Hawaii. In 1909 construction started on the alcohol plant. It was completed in 1910 when it began manufacturing wood alcohol from sawdust. The residential section was in upper Hadlock. After the lumber mill burned, businesses began to move uptown. William Sehrs, of Sehrs Shipyard, built the Masonic Temple in 1911. Sehrs completed other projects such as the Nordland ferry and bridges across the Chimacum Creek. The Tri-Area, which includes Port Hadlock, Irondale and Chimacum, was a growing, viable township. The population for both Irondale and Port Hadlock combined is 3,476.

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Port Ludlow Port Ludlow, a census designated area in Jefferson County, has roughly 1,960 residents in the area. Following the completion of the nearby Hood Canal Bridge in 1960, Port Ludlow became the site of resorts and planned communities, attracting more affluent residents who were retired, buying vacation homes, or needing a more convenient commute to the business centers on the west side of Puget Sound. In 1842, the town and bay were named in honor of Lieutenant Augustus C. Ludlow by commander of the U.S. Exploring Expedition Lieutenant Charles Wilkes. The first shipments of timber from the Puget Sound to San Francisco in 1851 stimulated interest in the business potential of building sawmills on Puget Sound. John R. Thorndike and W. P. Sayward sailed to Puget Sound in 1852 and found the environs of Port Ludlow promising. Thorndike filed a timber claim of 318 acres and they started building a mill there. There is an estimated 1,970 people living in Port Ludlow, where the median household income is $67,500.

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Port Townsend Port Townsend is the only city in all of Jefferson County, with about 9,100 residents as of the 2010 census. It is also the county seat. 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 boat builders and related industries 54 • Port Towsend & Jefferson County Leader • Getaway 2018

and crafts. The Port Townsend Historic District is a U.S. National Historic Landmark District. Port Townsend is also called the City of Dreams because of the early speculation that the city would be the largest harbor on the west coast of the United States. The income per capita in Port Townsend is $29,612 with median household income of $44,753 The median property value is $301,700.


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AROUND THE COUNTY Editor’s Note: A Discover Pass is required to get into some areas of the parks listed below. Also, permits for fishing and shellfish harvesting could be required as well. For more information on how to obtain a Discover Pass, regulations, fishing seasons and more, visit, or

Anderson Lake State Park Anderson Lake State Park is located in Chimacum, about 10 miles south of Port Townsend and includes 476 acres full of wooded and wetland areas for visitors to enjoy biking, hiking and wildlife. Located at 1061 Anderson Lake Road, the state park is centered around Anderson Lake, which has 8,250 feet of freshwater shoreline with its 70 acres.

“Anderson Lake is one of the few parks in the area to offer equestrian and bike trails, which slope down to a lake teeming with birds and wildlife,” stated the Washington State Parks website. The park includes 8 miles of hiking trails, 7 miles of bike trails, 5 miles of equestrian trails and boating.

Dabob Bay Natural Area

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Dabob Bay Natural Area is located about 8 miles Northeast of Quilcene and about about 23 miles south of Port Townsend. The area was established in 1984 to protect intact salt marsh and sand spit plant communities, according to the Washington Department of Natural Resources. In 2009, the area was enlarged as a natural reserve to include a natural resources conservation area providing opportunities for low-impact public use. The reserve has 2,771 acres of shoreline, marsh and forest. “The natural area includes mature coastal forests, coastal streams, feeder bluffs, forage fish spawning areas, eelgrass beds, native Olympia oyster beds, nearshore tidelands and mudflats utilized by juvenile salmon and shorebirds, and open marine waters utilized by salmon, marine birds, harbor seals and orcas,” Washington’s DNR website stated.

Dosewallips State Park Dosewallips State Park is located in Brinnon about 44 miles south of Port Townsend. ‘This freshwater/saltwater park makes a perfect day or weekend trip,” according to the Washington State Parks website. Dosewallips has 1,039 acres and 5 miles of shoreline on the Hood Canal and Dosewallips River. Not only does the state park have forests, mountains, rivers and beaches, the area is “a delight” for clam-diggers, anglers, boaters and beach explorers, the state parks website stated. “Evening may find you grilling up a shellfish dinner and retiring to your cabin or tent, where you’ll fall asleep to the sound of the river, enchanted by this lush, green corner of the country,” the website continued.

Fort Flagler State Park Located on Marrowstone Island, Fort Flagler Historical State Park was built in the 1890s and occupied during World War I, WWII and the Korean Way. Currently, it houses a military museum and gift shop, which offers tours of gun emplacements and the 1905 military hospital that can be guided or done on free will. A person visiting the historical area can take up its many recreational features such as hiking, boating, kite-flying, beach exploration, saltwater fishing clam digging and grab-

bing, according to the Washington State Parks. “Beachfront tent and RV sites boast some of the best views in the region,” the website stated. “ So gaze out on the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the north, the Olympic Peninsula to the west and Whidbey Island to the east, and breathe deep of the ocean air.” Fort Flagler Historical State Park is comprised of 784 acres of marine camping surrounded by 19,100 feet of shoreline.

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Fort Worden State Park Covering 433 acres as a multi-use park, Fort Worden Historical State Park has 2 miles of shoreline, facilities, conference center and more co-managed by the Fort Worden Public Development Authority. In the last century, the time have changed for this historical site, which, at one time, had 1,000 troops and officers training to defend the Puget Sound from enemy, the state parks website stated. “Enjoy a meal in the Guard House Pub, and peruse the

photogenic 1914 Point Wilson Lighthouse,” the website continued. “Explore defunct coastal defense batteries, and imagine the compound teeming with enlisted men, officers and staff during World War I and WWII.” Outside of camping, Fort Worden Historical State park also includes lodging. Outside of the history of the area, the park is active in programs including music festivals, conference and more. Check out the events calendar to see what is going.

Fort Townsend State Park Fort Townsend Historical State Park was built in 1856 to operate an Army Base over the years. But, a fire in its barracks in 1895 closed down the fort. The park, located about 6 miles south of Port Townsend, has a 414-acre marine camping park with 3,960 feet of shoreline on the Port Townsend Bay. “Fort Townsend provides a quieter alternative to its bigger, busier northern neighbor, Fort Worden,” Washington State Parks website stated. “Explore a historic torpedo tower that held stateof-the-art technology during World War II.” Visitors to Fort Townsend Historical State Park can enjoy self-guided and guided tours of the area, ball fields for children and hiking paths that also allow bikes. 58 • Port Towsend & Jefferson County Leader • Getaway 2018

Olympic National Park The Olympic National Park is found mostly in Jefferson County but is also found in Clallam and Grays Harbor counties. Comprising of almost one million acres, the park includes vast wilderness, human history, different ecosystems and more than 70 miles of coastline. “Plan your park activities with time and distance in mind. Olympic is very large and there are no roads that cross the park,’ the National Park Service stated on its website. “The summer months of June through September are the busiest time of year.” Because of its diverse ecosystems, the National Park Service website said the area is used as a laboratory for scientists and students alike. Reservations can be made for the local campgrounds, but all other sites are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Quillayute Needles National Wildlife Refuge Tucked away on the far west coast of Jefferson County, Quillayute Needles National Wildlife Refuge was set aside by Teddy Roosevelt in 1907 to protect and enhance habitat for the seabird population. The refuge is comprised of 800 offshore rocks, reefs and islands stretching from Cape Flattery to Copalis Head, except for those that are part of the designated Native American reservations.

“Because of the fragile and remote nature of the refugee, all the islands are closed to human disturbance” the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service websited stated. “A 200-yard buffer zone surrounds each island to protect the wildlife. However the refuges and their inhabitants may be viewed with binoculars or spotting scopes from several beaches along the coast, including Shi Shi, Cape Alava, Rialto, Second, Ruby, and Kalaloch.”

Wildlife, such as this Common Murre, uses the Quillayute Needle Reserve. courtesy of Port Towsend & Jefferson County Leader • Getaway 2018 • 59

What’s happening in Jefferson County

The Kinetic Skulpture Race is the first weekend of October. PHOTO BY CHRIS TUCKER

Editor’s note: This calendar lists events scheduled as of April 26, 2018. Information may have changed. Updates and additions are made to our events calendar at Please send information to

ONGOING EVENTS Art Walk: 5:30-8 p.m., first Saturday of every month, downtown Port Townsend. 60 • Port Towsend & Jefferson County Leader • Getaway 2018

Jefferson County Farmers Market: Port Townsend: Uptown District at Tyler and Lawrence streets, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturdays, AprilDecember. Uptown at Polk and Lawrence streets, 2 to 6 p.m.. Wednesdays, JuneSeptember. In Chimacum at Chimacum Corner Farmstand, where State Route 19 meets Chimacum

and Center roads, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sundays, JuneOctober. Jefferson County Historical Society lectures and tours: First Friday Lectures: 7 p.m., first Friday of every month. $5 suggested donation. Port Townsend City Council Chambers, 540 Water St.

Living History Walking Tours: 2 p.m., Saturdays, JuneSeptember, downtown and uptown Port Townsend, $15. Call to arrange group tours: 360-385-1003. Museums: Jefferson Museum of Art and History, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 540 Water St. Rothschild House, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m., May-September, corner of Franklin and Taylor streets. Commanding Officer’s Quarters, noon-5 p.m., MaySeptember, Fort Worden State Park; Quilcene Historical Museum & Worthington Park, 1-5 p.m., Friday-Monday, April-October, 151 Columbia St., Quilcene. Puget Sound Coast Artillery Museum, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Building 201 in Fort Worden State Park.

marine science activities yearround in the Natural History Exhibit, the Marine Exhibit and on the beach at Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend; summer marine biology camps for youths. PT Shorts: Free monthly readings of literary works held at 7:30 p.m. the third Thursday of every month at the Northwind Arts Center, 701 Water St., or Key City Public Theatre, 419 Washington St., downtown Port Townsend., Sailing programs: Boatbuilding, sailing, voyaging and seamanship courses for families, groups, adults and youths. Sailboat races on Port Townsend Bay: Port Townsend Sailing Association hosts

racing events, including races, a noncompetitive summer series and more. Wildlife cruises: Spring and fall migration, summer puffin sightings and specialty cruises, including one on the schooner Adventuress. ptmsc. org/cruises. Woodcraft workshops: Courses in woodworking, furniture making, carving and more; weekend workshops for kids. Port Townsend School of Woodworking at Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend.

MAY 2018 May 5 Opening day of boating season on Port Townsend Bay. The event consists of public and private ▼ See EVENTS, page 62▼

Port Townsend Aero Museum, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., WednesdaySunday, 105 Airport Road, Jefferson County International Airport. jchsmuseum. org, quilcenemuseum. org,, Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding: Workshops conducted year-round, tours offered 3:30-5 p.m. the first Friday of every month. Port Hadlock Heritage Campus, 42 N. Water St., Port Hadlock. Port Townsend Marine Science Center: Adult and youth

Dancing during a summer Concert on the Dock. PHOTO BY KATIE KOWALSKI Port Towsend & Jefferson County Leader • Getaway 2018 • 61

Community Center, 923 Hazel Point Road, Coyle. June 7 Taste of Port Townsend: 5-8 p.m. At Northwest Maritime Center, 431 Water St. June 8-30 “Daddy Long Legs.” Produced by Key City Public Theatre, 419 Washington St.

Outdoor concerts are popular during the summer. PHOTO BY KATIE KOWALSKI

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boat parades and a blessing of the fleet. May 12 Wearable Art Show: 2 and 7 p.m. McCurdy Pavilion at Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend. Tickets: May 14-20 83rd Rhododendron Festival: Parades, events and run. May 19 Concert in the Woods: Silver Lake 66. 7:30 p.m. Laurel B. Johnson Community Center, 923 Hazel Point Road, Coyle. May 26 Port Townsend Artisan Food Festival: Celebrating the unique food of the Olympic Peninsula. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Farmers Market, uptown at Tyler and Lawrence streets. 62 • Port Towsend & Jefferson County Leader • Getaway 2018

May 27 Concert in the Woods: Mel Parsons. 7:30 p.m. Laurel B. Johnson Community Center, 923 Hazel Point Road, Coyle. May 28 Port Townsend Summer Band: seasonopening Memorial Day concert. 11 a.m. Free. American Legion Hall, 209 Monroe St., Port Townsend.

JUNE 2018 June 1-3 35th Classic Mariners’ Regatta: for wooden sailboats. Wooden motorboats welcome to participate in the event as a spectator fleet. Wooden rowboats, dinghies, kayaks, etc. are encouraged to participate in Sunday morning’s informal race. June 2 Concert in the Woods: The Ted Brancato Trio. 7:30 p.m. Laurel B. Johnson

June 8-10 Brass Screw Confederacy Steampunk Festival: Entertainment, vendors, fashion and more, culminating in the 21-andolder Steampunk Hootenanny on Saturday night. June 9 Concert in the Woods: March to May duo. 7:30 p.m. Laurel B. Johnson Community Center, 923 Hazel Point Road, Coyle. June 9-10 Wild Rose Chorale concert: 7:30 p.m. at the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Port Townsend. June 11-12 Seventy 48: 5:30 p.m. Paddleboard race starting in Tacoma and ending in Port Townsend traveling 70 miles in 48 hours via paddleboard. Seventy48. com. June 14 4th Race to Alaska: starts at Northwest Maritime Center, 431 Water St. Hordes of brave sailors, paddlers and rowers race from Port Townsend to Ketchikan, Alaska, without the assistance of engines.

June 17 Port Townsend Chamber Music Festival Concerts 2:30 p.m. at the Joseph F. Wheeler Theater in Fort Worden State Park. June 23 25th Rat Island Regatta: self-propelled smallboat race from Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend. Race starts at 8 a.m. June 24 Port Townsend Summer Band: concert 3 p.m. Free. American Legion Hall, 209 Monroe St., Port Townsend. Ptsummerband. org. June 16 15th Rakers Car Club show: Vehicles and motorcycles of any age and type. 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Memorial Athletic Field, 550 Washington St., Port Townsend.

Community Center, 923 Hazel Point Road, Coyle. July 4 Fiddles on the Fourth: concert: 1:30 p.m. McCurdy Pavilion Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, July 4 Old School Fourth of July: 4-10 p.m. Celebrating interdependence. Field games, live music, a car show, hot air balloon, food vendors, fireworks and more. Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend. July 4 Swing and Cajun Dance: 7:30 p.m. Littlefield Green outside McCurdy Pavilion Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, Centrum. org. July 4 Port Townsend Summer Band: concert 7:30 p.m. Free.

American Legion Hall, 209 Monroe St., Port Townsend. July 6 Patriot Fiddlers: Concert 7:30 p.m. McCurdy Pavilion Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, July 7 Fiddle Tunes Finale: Concert 1:30 p.m. McCurdy Pavilion Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, Centrum. org. July 7 Concert in the Woods: Outdoor concert/dance. 2 p.m. Laurel B. Johnson Community Center, 923 Hazel Point Road, Coyle. July 12 Concert on the Dock: Locust Street Taxi. 5-7:30 p.m. Free. Pope Marine Park Plaza, downtown Port Townsend. ▼ See EVENTS, page 64▼

June 27 Voice Works Performance: Essential Traditions: 7:30 p.m. Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend. June 28 Voice Works Honkytonk Polka Dot Dance: 8 p.m. Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend. June 29 Vocal Showcase #2: 7:30 p.m. Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend. Centrum. org.

JULY 2018 July 1 Concert in the Woods: Square Dance on the Grass. 2 to 4 p.m. Laurel B. Johnson

A scene from Key City Public Theatre's production of “Henry IV, Part 1” in 2017. This year's Shakespeare in the Park play is “Hamlet.” Photo by Katie Kowalski Port Towsend & Jefferson County Leader • Getaway 2018 • 63


Center, 923 Hazel Point Road, Coyle.

July 14-15 Olympic Music Festival. Chamber music concerts at Centrum. Wheeler Theatre, Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend.

July 21-24 Pocket Yacht Palooza: Northwest Maritime Center on Saturday, followed by Palooza Crooza, featuring more than 30 small boats cruising together from Port Townsend. Pocketyachters. com.

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July 15-21 43rd Port Townsend Writers’ Conference: workshops, free public readings and lectures at Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend. July 19 Concert on the Dock: Uncle Funk and the Dope Six. 5-7:30 p.m. Free. Pope Marine Park Plaza, downtown Port Townsend. July 21 Concert in the Woods: Andre Feriante. 7:30 p.m. Laurel B. Johnson Community

July 22-29 Jazz Port Townsend: Workshop and festival at Fort Worden State Park. Jazz in the Clubs in downtown Port Townsend Thursday-Saturday; concerts at Fort Worden State Park, 7:30 p.m., July 27; 1:30 and 7:30 p.m., July 28. Centrum. org. July 26 Concert on the Dock: Three For Silver. 5-7:30 p.m. Free. Pope Marine Park Plaza, downtown Port Townsend.

July 28 Relay for Life of Jefferson County; noon, H.J. Carroll Park, 9884 State Route 19, Chimacum. Relay. July 29 Port Townsend Summer Band: concert 3 p.m. Free. American Legion Hall, 209 Monroe St., Port Townsend. ptsummerband. Org. July 29-Aug. 5 26th Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival: Workshop and festival at Fort Worden State Park. Blues in the Clubs in downtown Port Townsend, Friday-Saturday.

AUGUST 2018 Aug. 1 Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival: 7:30 p.m. McCurdy Pavilion at Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend. Aug. 2 Concert on the Dock: Global Heat. 5-7:30 p.m. Free. Pope Marine Park Plaza, downtown Port Townsend. Aug. 3-26 “Hamlet.” Produced by Key City Public Theatre, 419 Washington St. Aug. 3 Blues in the Clubs: 8 p.m. McCurdy Pavilion at Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend. Aug. 4 Acoustic Blues Showcase: 1:30 p.m. McCurdy Pavilion at Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend.

Kids participate in a watermellon eating contest at Old School 4th of July. leader file photo 64 • Port Towsend & Jefferson County Leader • Getaway 2018

Aug. 4 Concert in the Woods: Missy Andersen. 7:30 p.m.

The Wooden Boat Festival takes place every year in September. PHOTO BY KATIE KOWALSKI

Laurel B. Johnson Community Center, 923 Hazel Point Road, Coyle. Aug. 10-12 81st Jefferson County Fair: Fairgrounds in Port Townsend, 4907 Landes St. Aug. 11- Sept. 9 Olympic Music Festival. Chamber music concerts at Centrum. Wheeler Theatre, Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend. Aug. 12 Quilcene Museum Wine, Beer and Spirits Tasting Gala: 5-8 p.m. Linger Longer Outdoor Theater in Worthington Park/Quilcene Museum, 151 Columbia St.,

Quilcene. Quilcenemuseum. org. Aug. 16 Concert on the Dock: 4-3-2 Retro. 5-7:30 p.m. Free. Pope Marine Park Plaza, downtown Port Townsend. Aug. 18 Port Townsend Summer Band: concert 11 a.m.. Free. American Legion Hall, 209 Monroe St., Port Townsend. Ptsummerband. org. Aug. 18 Uptown Crafts Fair: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Live music, crafts, nonprofits, food, activities, a parade and more will like the streets at Taylor and Lawrence streets in Uptown Port Townsend.

Aug. 18 Concert in the Woods: Sister Speak. 7:30 p.m. Laurel B. Johnson Community Center, 923 Hazel Point Road, Coyle. Aug. 18-19 Art Port Townsend Artist Studio Tour: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Art studios open to the public on free, self-guided tour. Aug. 23 Concert on the Dock: Daring Greatly. 5-7:30 p.m. Free. Pope Marine Park Plaza, downtown Port Townsend. Aug. 25 29th Kiwanis Classic Car Show: Memorial Athletic Field, 550 Washington St., Port Townsend.. Sponsored by Port Townsend Kiwanis ▼See EVENTS, page 66▼ Port Towsend & Jefferson County Leader • Getaway 2018 • 65

EVENTS ▼Continued from page 65▼

Wheeler Theatre, Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend.

Club. Contact Tommy Dodd: 916-626-2981. Port-townsend.

Sept. 1 Concert in the Woods: Mark Pearson. 7:30 p.m. Laurel B. Johnson Community Center, 923 Hazel Point Road, Coyle.

Aug. 26 Port Townsend Summer Band: concert 3 p.m. Free. American Legion Hall, 209 Monroe St., Port Townsend. Ptsummerband. org.

Sept. 2 Concert in the Woods: Sea- Star: 7:30 p.m. Laurel B. Johnson Community Center, 923 Hazel Point Road, Coyle.

Aug. 30 Concert on the Dock: Kevin Mason and the PT All Stars. 5-7:30 p.m. Free. Pope Marine Park Plaza, downtown Port Townsend.

SEPTEMBER 2018 Now through Sept. 9 Olympic Music Festival. Chamber music concerts at Centrum.

Sept. 7-9 Wooden Boat Festival: Point Hudson in Port Townsend features more than 300 wooden vessels, and dozens of indoor and outdoor presentations and demos. Sept. 8 Quilcene Community Fair & Parade: Carnival, parade, rides, food and craft vendors and a concert by

Lobo Del Mar. quilcenefair. com. Sept. 8-9 Crafts by the Dock: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. located at Madison and Water streets in downtown Port Townsend. Porttownsendartsguild. org. Sept. 12-16 Port Townsend Ukulele Festival: Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend. Sept. 16 Quilcene Oyster HalfMarathon: USATF-certified halfmarathon and 10K race, plus a 5K fun run, 1K kids’ run and a half-marathon crab walk. Sept. 17-18 Summer Sidewalk Sale: downtown Port Townsend. Sept. 21-23 19th Port Townsend Film Festival: Films and related events in uptown and downtown Port Townsend.

OCTOBER 2018 Oct. 4-20 “Appapurna.” Produced by Key City Public Theatre, 419 Washington St. Oct. 4 Girls’ Night Out: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Shopping extravaganza and special events. Supports Jefferson Healthcare Foundation. Oct. 6-7 36th Great Port Townsend Bay Kinetic Sculpture Race. ptkineticrace. org. A man on a paddle board tests his balance in the port. leader file photo 66 • Port Towsend & Jefferson County Leader • Getaway 2018

Actress Karen Allen, left, on stage with Rose Theatre owner Rocky Friedman at the 2017 Port Townsend Film Festival. PHOTO BY LLOYD MULLEN

Oct. 12-13 Kiwanis Haunt Town: 7-10 p.m. Oct. 19-20 Kiwanis Haunt Town: 7-10 p.m. Oct. 25-27 Kiwanis Haunt Town: 7-10 p.m. Oct. 31 24th Downtown Trick or Treat and Costume Parade: 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Water Street in downtown Port Townsend. ptmainstreet. org. Oct. 31 Kiwanis Haunt Town: 7-10 p.m. port-townsend.

NOVEMBER 2018 Nov. 3-4 Holiday Fair: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 4907 Landes St., Port Townsend. Nov. 4 Concert in the Woods: Slipshod. 3 p.m. Laurel B. Johnson Community Center, 923 Hazel Point Road, Coyle. Nov. 5 Concert in the Woods: The Rain City Ramblers. 3 p.m. Laurel B. Johnson Community Center, 923 Hazel Point Road, Coyle. Nov. 11 Veterans Day ceremony: 11 a.m. American Legion Marvin G. Shields Memorial Post 26, 209

Monroe St., Port Townsend, with performance by Port Townsend Summer Band Nov. 23-24 Holiday Craft Sale: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Port Townsend Community Center, 620 Tyler St. Nov. 23-30 “Every Christmas Story Ever Told.” Produced by Key City Public Theatre, 419 Washington St. Nov. 24 Merchants’ Holiday Open House & Small-business Saturday: downtown Port Townsend.

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The musicial "Spirit of the Yule" is a local retelling of "A Christmas Carol." PHOTO BY KATIE KOWALSKI

EVENTS ▼Continued from page 67▼

TBA West End Weekend: sponsored by the Jefferson County Historical Society. Features lectures, field trips and activities on Jefferson County’s west side. TBA Quilcene Holiday Bazaar: Quilcene Community Center, 294952 U.S. Highway 101, Quilcene.

DECEMBER 2018 Dec. 1-28 “Every Christmas Story Ever Told.” Produced by Key City Public Theatre, 419 Washington St. 68 • Port Towsend & Jefferson County Leader • Getaway 2018

Dec. 2 Concert in the Woods: Squirrel Butter. 3 p.m. Laurel B. Johnson Community Center, 923 Hazel Point Road, Coyle. Dec. 6-30 “Spirit of the Yule.” Produced by Key City Public Theatre, 419 Washington St. Dec. 8-9 Chimacum Arts & Crafts Fair: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Chimacum High School, 91 W. Valley Road, in support of school activities. $3 entry. Dec. 15 Kiwanis Choo Rides: 1-4 p.m. for families in downtown Port Townsend. Dec. 16 Concert in the Woods: Kathryn Claire. 7:30 p.m.

Laurel B. Johnson Community Center, 923 Hazel Point Road, Coyle. Dec. 31 First Night Celebration: 6-9 p.m. Community celebration of arts and heritage. Downtown Port Townsend. TBD Community Tree Lighting & Santa Visit: downtown Port Townsend. TBD Marrowstone Tree Lighting: 7 p.m. Nordland General Store, 7180 Flagler Road, Marrowstone Island. 360-3850777. TBD Santa visits by boat: Noon. Nordland General Store, 7180 Flagler Road. Marrowstone

Island. 360-385-0777.

MARCH 2019

APRIL 2019

TBD Big Brass Yule Ball and open parlor tours: Music, Father Christmas, mistletoe and fruitcake. Downtown Port Townsend.

March 17 Concert in the Woods: Uncle Bonsai. 3 p.m. Laurel B. John- son Community Center, 923 Hazel Point Road, Coyle.

April 6 Concert in the Woods: The Gossamer Strings. 7:30 p.m. Laurel B. Johnson Community Center, 923 Hazel Point Road, Coyle.

TBA: JeffCo Community Garage Sale: Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 4907 Landes St., Port Townsend.

April 20 Concert in the Woods: Claude Bourbon. 7:30 p.m. Laurel B. Johnson Community Center, 923 Hazel Point Road, Coyle.

TBA: PlayFest, produced by Key City Public Theatre.

TBA: AAUW Kitchen Tour.

JANUARY 2019 Jan. 13 Concert in the Woods: Ranger & the ReArrangers. 3 p.m. Laurel B. Johnson Community Center, 923 Hazel Point Road, Coyle. Jan. 20 Concert in the Woods: The Debutones. 3 p.m. Laurel B. Johnson Community Center, 923 Hazel Point Road, Coyle.

TBA: Stars of Tomorrow youth talent show port-townsend. TBA: Victorian Heritage Festival

TBA: Port Townsend Chamber Music Festival at Fort Worden State Park. TBA Women & Film. Port Townsend Film Festival focus.

TBD Mystery Bay Polar Bear Dip: Noon. Nordland General Store, 7180 Flagler Road, Marrowstone Island. TBA: Strange Brewfest: American Legion Hall, 209 Monroe St., Port Townsend.

FEBRUARY 2019 Feb. 17 Concert in the Woods: Michele D’Amour and the Love Dealers. 3 p.m. Laurel B. Johnson Community Center, 923 Hazel Point Road, Coyle. TBA: Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby. TBA: Shipwrights’ Regatta.

Visit Jefferson County during the holidays for plays, festivals, craft fairs, Santa visits and more. PHOTO BY KATIE KOWALSKI

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Real estate and housing in 2017

A four-unit apartment building was barged across the Strait of Juan de Fuca May 10 and placed on land near the Grace Lutheran Church, located at 1120 Walker St. The city of Port Townsend estimates it will cost $672,689 to turn the building into usable affordable housing. The project is continuing into 2018. Photo by Chris Tucker

Housing affordability

Closed sales, residential

Closed sales, condominiums

Median price: $356,800

Port Townsend: 213

Homes value percentages:

Port Ludlow: 142

$80,000 or less: 3.2

Gardiner: 4

$160,000 or less: 10.9

Port Hadlock: 26

$250,000 or less: 26.9

Port Ludlow: 19 Port Townsend: 18 Kala Point: 7 Source: Northwest Multiple Listing Service, 2017

Shine: 39

$500,000 & up: 64.1 First-time HAI: 64.4 Source: Fourth quarter 2017, Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies, University of Washington. The Housing Affordability Index measures the ability of a middleincome family to carry the mortgage payments on a median-price home. When the index is 100, there is a balance between the family’s ability to pay and the cost. Higher indexes indicate housing is more affordable. All loans are assumed to be a 30-year loan. General buyer index assumes 20 percent down payment. First-time buyer index assumes 10 percent down. It is assumed 25 percent of income can be used for principal and interest payments. 70 • Port Towsend & Jefferson County Leader • Getaway 2018

South Port Townsend 45 Kala Point: 27 Quilcene: 16 Chimacum Valley: 24 Cape George: 29 Marrowstone: 22 Coyle: 10

High-end sales County : Units Kitsap: 169 Island: 41 San Juan: 47 Jefferson: 7 Clallam: 7 Mason: 1 Source: Northwest Multiple Listing Service; single-family homes selling for more than $1 million


MEDIAN CLOSED PRICE Year : Median price 2006: $326,250 2007: $328,500 2008: $299,000 2009: $269,000 2010: $265,000 2011: $238,000 2012: $240,000 2013: $260,000 2014: $260,000 2015: $274,020 2016: $308,000 2017: $342,000 Percent of change since 2007: Up 4.74 percent source: northwest multiple listing service, singlefamily homes. median means half were higher, half were lower.

County San Juan Island Jefferson Kitsap Clallam Mason Grays Harbor

Price $509,700 $339,000 $342,000 $310,000 $267,500 $211,500 $168,000

Units 316 1,862 630 4,840 1,059 1,406 1,329

source: northwest multiple listing service, single family homes. median means half were higher, half were lower.

PERCENT Of HOMES ON MARKET BELOW SPECIfIED PRICE County Jefferson Clallam Kitsap Mason San Juan Statewide

$80,000 3.2 2.2 0.3 2.7 NA 2.6

$160,000 10.6 12.6 2.7 25.4 0.6 12.0

$250,000 26.9 28.4 14.9 55.8 3.0 27.8

$500,000 64.1 76.5 62.4 90.6 32.0 70.5

source: end of fourth quarter 2017; runstad Center for real estate studies, university of washington


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The Jefferson County Assessor sets assessed property value and tax rate; individual taxing districts and/or voters set the actual levy amounts. A property owners’ tax rate depends on specific location, and the possible combination of levy and/or bond rates from the city, county, county roads, conservation futures, port district, public utility district, hospital district, fire district, emergency medical services, local schools, state schools, cemetery district, and/or parks and recreation district. Curious about your tax bill in a specific community or neighborhood? Calculate the property taxes by checking the abstract at

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In Washington State, seniors (age 61) and disabled persons may apply for tax exemptions or deferral. The baseline is annual household disposable income that does not exceed $40,000 for exemption or $40,000 to $45,000 for deferral. The program allows exemption from excess and special levies, and depending on income, a portion of regular levies. Consult the Jefferson County Assessor’s website for details at

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2018 Assessed Property Value

Source: Jefferson County Assessor

Source: Jefferson County Assessor

Year: Assessed value 2017: $60,400,000 2016: $40,589,048 2015: $27,881,844 2014: $28,445,199 2013: $24,650,424 2012: $26,874,430

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Year: Taxable value 2017: $5,111,357,748 2016: $4,851,434,878 2015: $4,639,591,919 2014: $4,587,247,864 2013: $4,418,216,296 2012: $4,648,734,415

Jefferson County employment JEFFERSON COUNTY EMPLOYMENT Total non-seasonally-adjusted civilian labor force: 12,156 Number of labor force that are employed: 11,398

Number that are unemployed: 758 Percentage unemployed: 6.2 percent

Median hourly wage Jefferson County: $20.16 Median hourly wage State of Washington: $23.91

source: washington state employment security department as of feb. 28, 2017

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efferson County boasts no shortage of historic buildings, landmarks and other sites. The National Register of Historic Places recognizes more than 90,000 places of national, state and local historic significance across the United States. Of the approximately 1,500 National Register sites in the state of Washington, 77 are found partially or wholly in Jefferson County. The Enjoy Port Townsend site at notes Port Townsend’s waterfront commercial district of stone and brick buildings, as well as its Victorian homes on the bluff overlooking downtown and the waters beyond, owes to the number of 19th and early 20th century structures that were retained going forward. That waterfront district and residential area on the bluff were designated a National Historic District in 1976, and Port Townsend as a whole is one of only three Victorian Seaports on the National Register of Historic Places. The Jefferson Museum of Art and History, next to the Port Townsend City Hall downtown, houses exhibits and leads walking tours through the downtown and uptown districts, helping visitors learn the history of the area. Among the historic sites recommended by “Enjoy Port Townsend” are: • The Rothschild House, located at the corner of Jefferson and Taylor streets in uptown Port Townsend, which remains virtually unchanged from a hundred years ago. Managed by the Jefferson County Historical Society, whose site is at, the home still sports its original furnishings and decor. • The Jefferson County Courthouse, overlooking Port Townsend Bay and the entrance to Admiralty Inlet, was approved for construction in 1890, with its distinctive red bricks shipped in from St. Louis, and nearly 800 tons of sandstone brought in from Alaska. • The Port Townsend Federal Building was originally home to the Port Office and Customs House, and is the oldest federally constructed post office in Washington state, as well as the only example of Richardson Romanesque design in a federal building in Washington. The building was constructed in 1893, and is still in use today. The uptown Victorian Homes are also popular with sightseers, although many of these historic homes are private residences, so onlookers should respect their privacy, and as already mentioned, the entire downtown core is a National Historic District, with many of the same buildings still standing from more than a hundred years ago. 74 • Port Towsend & Jefferson County Leader • Getaway 2018

The Jefferson County Courthouse, located in Port Townsend, was built in 1891 under Architect W.A. Ritchie, with consturction by John Rigby and C.P. Wakeman. Photo by

Outside of Port Townsend, lists half a dozen historic landmarks of note, including the Chimacum Post Office at 9223 Rhody Drive, Fort Flagler State Park at 10541 Flagler Rd. in Nordland, the Irondale Jail and Historic District at 562 E. Moore St. in Port Hadlock, the Methodist Episcopal Church of Port Hadlock and the Uncas School of Discovery Bay, all of which are also on the National Register. The Methodist Episcopal Church, of Port Hadlock, also known as the Barrett House, is now a private home, but was built in 1903 as the first permanent Methodist church in Hadlock, sharing a minister with the Methodist church in Chimacum. The two congregations merged in the 1950s to form a new church, where the Hadlock church’s old bell and pews were moved, and the old building became a private residence. The former church was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. Fort Flagler State Park is a former U.S. Army artillery fort, at the northern end of Marrowstone, established in 1897 and activated in 1899. It was named for Civil War veteran Brig. Gen. Daniel Webster Flagler, who served as the Army’s Chief of Ordnance. The fort was deactivated and declared surplus in 1954, but the state Department of Parks and Recreation acquired the land for use as a state park in 1955. According to the site, the 750-acre park still encompasses the original fort’s boundaries, and maintains 10 historic gun batteries for visitors to view. The main parade ground is flanked by century-old former officers’ quarters, available for vacation rentals, and the Fort Flagler Museum houses a host of artifacts and displays from the park’s days as a coastal defense fort.

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