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Jefferson County Historical Society

210 Polk Street #11, Port Townsend, WA 98368
360-385-1003
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Type: History Museums
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Kansas City, Missouri
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

If you in Port Townsend visit this place. it is a great time, go downstairs, ask questions and take advantage in learing the history of the town. Eveyone in my family, ages 50 - 13 enjoyed this place!

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Poole, United Kingdom
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328 reviews 328 reviews
220 attraction reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The gentleman on the desk gave me an introduction to Port Townsend and the museum itself and was very friendly. In the first room is a gallery of interesting old photos. The firehall has a maritime theme but best part for me was the old jail with iron bar cells complete with shackles. Next to it is an interesting display... More

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Seattle, WA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Don't miss going down the "scary stairs" and don't lock yourself in the jail cells there, mind. If the past fascinates you, this building is a must visit. It i the 1892 City Hall building and you can view exhibits in what was the municipal court, the fire hall and even jail! Just being able to visit the old jail... More

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Boise, Idaho
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014 via mobile

We visited the Jefferson County Museum and the Rothschild House during Victorian Weekend. There were representatives from the historical society in both places. We are not from the area but learned so much about the history of the port that it started to feel a little like home.

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Port Townsend, Washington, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This is a must for anyone living in Port Townsend, or visiting here. It is most informative and interesting and gives a wonderful insight into the history of the town.

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London
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221 reviews 221 reviews
46 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This is a very interesting museum and on the occasion we visited the docent on the front desk was extremely welcoming and informative. You really feel very welcome. The museum is in fact quite big and if you go downstairs to see the jail and the additional exhibits as well as large areas setting out the history of Port Townsend... More

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New York City
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

The museum offers a wide variety of historical information, objects and videos - a great introduction to this fascinating town.

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Vancouver, Washington
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81 reviews 81 reviews
15 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

Don't expect a big city historical society museum and you won't be disappointed. I recommend you watch the 7 min video at the beginning of your visit. Interesting history of the town, including prostitution during its boom days. You can see it all in 45-60 mins if you look at everything. Be sure you go downstairs to the jail. The... More

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Kansas City Missouri
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46 reviews 46 reviews
21 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

Inexpensive with 2-3 attraction package price of only $6-9. Went to this museum and Rothschild home and lived them both. Combination of fact and fanciful exhibits. Jail...Sin City....City Development and history.

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Seattle, Washington
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38 reviews 38 reviews
22 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Nice historic building with 9 minute historic video. Small old time jail is kind of cool as is the old fire dept. pieces. Some nautical and good historic photos and time line. Gift store not really pertinent to history displayed. Very limited hours and $4 admission.

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