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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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Seattle, Washington
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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48 reviews 48 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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119 reviews 119 reviews
88 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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365 reviews 365 reviews
240 attraction reviews
161 helpful votes 161 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
10 helpful votes 10 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
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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
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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241 reviews 241 reviews
50 attraction reviews
142 helpful votes 142 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
17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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