JEFFERSON COUNTY HISTORICAL
Commanding Officer's Quarters
Olympic National Park exhibit on the creation of the Olympic
National Park features historic photographs by George Welch, antique fishing and
camping gear and information on current proposals to expand the park. The
exhibit also features artifacts and photographs from the JCHS collection.
Click HERE for a tour.
Open 12 noon to 5 p.m. daily, May
Admission is $4.00 for adults and $1.00 for children 3-12. A passport is available for visitors to see the COQ museum, Rothschild House museum (seasonally) and the Jefferson County Historical Museum for a reduced rate. Visiting all three provides visitors with a wealth of information about Port Townsend, both historically and geographically.
Fort Worden State Park
Fort Worden is an early 20th century U. S. Army (Coast Artillery Corps) fort. The Fort, as headquarters for the Puget Sound Harbor Defenses, held a strategically important position in the triangle of defensive forts constructed to protect the entrance to Puget Sound and to safeguard the naval shipyard at Bremerton. Twelve-gun batteries stand as mute testimony to the Fort's original purpose.
When Fort Worden was commissioned in 1902, there were no permanent buildings to house the troops. The men were billeted in tents atop Artillery Hill until the first 23 buildings were constructed around the parade ground in 1904. Ultimately, 228 main buildings and subsidiary structures were constructed—including barracks, officers' quarters, administration buildings, kitchen and mess halls, a bakery, guard house, hospital, power house, signal station and wharf.
Most military buildings of this era are long gone, but Fort Worden's have been preserved. These surviving quarters are excellent examples of the attractive order, style and grace of the new century. The designs were created by the U. S. Army Quartermaster Department in order to make life more bearable for its soldiers in the often-isolated posts.
Fort Worden State Park is on the state and national Register of Historic Places and has been declared a National Historic Landmark.
Jefferson County Historical