For a small town, Joyce has a really big personality. What the town, found just west of Port Angeles, lacks in size it makes up for with fun festivals, historical sites and a general store that offers an eclectic array of goods you need to see to believe. Be sure to plan a stop in Joyce during your visit. Joyce General Store is what you think of when you think of a small-town mom-andpop shop in the Northwest. This quaint little store is just 16 miles west of Port Angeles in the town of Joyce. The store, built in 1911 by Joe Joyce, from whom the town gets its name, remains very much the same — false front, beaded ceilings, wooden floor. Much of the store’s interior is made of remnants from the opera house and Markhum House, which stood in the township of Port Crescent in the 1800s. Port Crescent was a few miles north of Joyce on what is now Crescent Beach. Joyce Museum, housed in a former railroad station, is next door to the store. Built in 1915, it is considered to be the last remaining log depot from the Milwaukee Road. Museum displays include railroad memorabilia with photos and artifacts of Port Crescent, Gettysburg, Disque, Twin, Piedmont, Camp Hayden at Tongue Point, Lake Crescent, Sol Duc and, of course, Joyce. It is built of Alaska yellow cedar and was restored by the Joyce Museum Society in 2002. Phone 360-928-3568 for hours of operation and other information. A popular local event is the Joyce Daze Wild Blackberry Festival, a one-day event
that takes place the first weekend of August and features blackberry pies, pie-making contests, a community pancake breakfast, arts and crafts vendors and much more. Blackberry brambles can be seen growing along highways and most side roads across the Peninsula and have been known to take over open fields and backyards if not cut
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back substantially. The reward from letting these prickly vines grow is delicious blackberries. This year’s Joyce Daze Wild Blackberry Festival takes place Aug. 4 and promises to deliver some of the best blackberry treats you have ever tasted. For information about the festival, visit joycedaze.org.