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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, Museums
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Seattle
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44 reviews 44 reviews
6 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Humble and illuminating, this small museum starts with a short film about the history and spirit of the area. The exhibits give an excellent feel for what the area was like when settled, the different populations, and the drama of living in a not-that-long bygone time.

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Rancho Santa Margarita, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
17 helpful votes 17 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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181 reviews 181 reviews
128 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 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
8 helpful votes 8 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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489 reviews 489 reviews
314 attraction reviews
212 helpful votes 212 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
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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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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