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Jefferson County Historical Society

210 Polk Street #11, Port Townsend, WA 98368
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Type: History Museums
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Beaverton, Oregon
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38 reviews 38 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This place is a must for first time travelers to Port Townsend. It gives a great review from the beginning of it's existence. We enjoyed all the information we gathered here to make our stay that much nicer. They have many different rooms themed so as to keep your interest throughout this tiny museum. Well worth the few dollars entrance... More

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Los Angeles, California
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82 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

In all honesty, I hadn't until going inside the Historical Society, realized the significance (or that there was any) to Port Townsend. The amount of history, scandal, murder, money and strife in just a few blocks was told very clearly and I instantly realized the town's embodiment of the American Story. The original courthouse and original mens and women's jails... More

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Kansas City, Missouri
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

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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345 reviews 345 reviews
228 attraction reviews
150 helpful votes 150 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
9 helpful votes 9 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
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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
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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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
17 reviews 17 reviews
7 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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85 reviews 85 reviews
15 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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