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Jefferson County Historical Society

Address: 210 Polk Street #11, Port Townsend, WA 98368
Phone Number: 360-385-1003
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Type: History Museums, Cultural
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Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

The best part of the tour was the film that they start you out with. It is on the history of the town interspersed with current day town folk as to why they moved to Port Townsend. They had some artifacts and timelines that were very interesting. Give it a try it's on $4.

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Seattle, Washington
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

While walking around Port Townsend, we decided to take a trip inside this building to see what they had to share with us. For a small fee, we were given a map and told what the different areas of the building contained. We started out in a small theater, but chose not to watch the 10 minute film, as we... More 

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Beaverton, Oregon
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51 reviews 51 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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131 reviews 131 reviews
93 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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475 reviews 475 reviews
307 attraction reviews
193 helpful votes 193 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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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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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
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257 reviews 257 reviews
57 attraction reviews
152 helpful votes 152 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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