Let's take a tour today through a small historic community in the Seattle area called Port Gamble. I am excited to introduce you to this little town and the historic homes that line the streets. Port Gamble is located on the Hood Canal and was, like many towns in the Northwest, a logging community that depended upon the logging business for their livelihood. In fact, prior to it's closing in 1995, the Port Gamble Mill was one of the oldest continually operative sawmills in North America.
I love the white picket fence neighborhood with the front porches that beckon you to sit and enjoy a nice glass of lemonade while watching the sunset over the Hood Canal. The streets of Port Gamble haven't really changed too much since the 1850's.
The original New England Victorian-style homes of Port Gamble have been preserved through time....along with the General Store and the stately Church of the community.
Some of the homes are private residences but a few have been turned into businesses. In the next photo, you see a yellow home which is now a busy Tea Room.
Walking on down the tree-lined street, we come across an import shop.
I like to browse through this shop. Baskets line the entranceway.
Here is another photo of the Tea Room. Some crumpets or warm scones and tea sound really delicious right now...
The trim on this next house looks like little hearts. Some of the homes look like little doll houses...
Here is a closeup of the trim on the house. I love the heart trim. You can also see the old glass in the windows...all original to the house.
The homes have separate garages built to the side or back of the residence.
Every town had their Volunteer Fire Department... Isn't Port Gamble's fire station adorable?
The Port Gamble Mill workers acted as volunteer fire fighters. The building is no longer a fire station but the building stays true to the design and has kept it's charm.
Daffodils bloom beside the Post Office each year...
I love to see the daffodils reappear each Spring...
The Post Office Building is also a Community Center...
No town would be complete with out a General Store.
The Port Gamble General Store sells ice cream and snack favorites as well as some of the artwork of local artists. The store is quite unique...
because it also houses a museum... Lets go inside and take a peek...
Welcome to the General Store... We can actually walk upstairs to view some of the things on display.
On the first level, you can see there is a little bit of everything sold at the store. Looking upwards, you can also see some of the shells and other items on display on the top floor.
The Cafe is located on the first floor.
The center of the second level is open so that you can see the first level below.
Here are a few postcards and souvenirs sold by the cafe. I like the artwork on the postcards and posters.
Another view from the second level looking down...
The second level is a type of shell museum. Many of the items in the museum were found in the Puget Sound and Northwest area but there are examples of shells from many places in the world. Aren't these beautiful?
Red Sea Urchin...
Shells from Vietnam...
Look at this unusual tree in the next photo. This is a Champion Camperdown Elm. I made a photo of the story of the tree which you will see in the next photos. I have never seen anything like this before... Every tree like this in the world is part of the original one as you will read.
Here is the story of this tree in the next photo. This is our State Champion tree.
Now for my favorite home in the neighborhood... This home faced the water so that it could welcome all the visitors and boats that would come through the Hood Canal to Port Gamble.
I made a photo of this plaque on the street side of this house so that you can read about the home.
All of the photos that I will show you, with the exception of this next one, are of the waterfront side of the house.
I love the ornate design of the porches on this home. The steps lead down to the waterfront.
Here is a close-up of the door knob.
What a view you have from the front porch. I can just imagine what the home owners saw as they watched the logging ships come into Port Gamble. I am sure they entertained many people on this porch.
The home has a basement as well as upper levels. There is no one living in the home at this time, in fact, it is for lease.
The inside of the home needs a little restoring and love but what a great home this would be to live in.
I love the spindles on the porch trim. The colors of the home are pretty as well.
I like this photograph I took with the light coming through the stained glass. You can better appreciate the colors of the stained glass squares in the window.
I didn't have an opportunity to go inside the home but I did manage to take a couple of photos for you. Here is a photo I took from an outside window of the basement area. You can see the fireplace and the stairs coming down to the basement.
Next is a photo I was able to take from the outside front porch of the first floor and one of the fireplaces. The home is not occupied at this time. You can see that the floor needs some cleaning. The home looks like someone may have started some renovation/restoration on the inside. You can see the stained glass windows from this angle. I like the bulls-eye blocks around the doorways. I actually have those in my home, too. That is tile that you see on the floor in front of the fireplace.
Here is a closer view of the fireplace.
There are a couple of tall trees next to the home.
As the next sign will tell you, James Foster, son of the Puget Mills Company's fore-founders was the first person buried at this cemetery. Many people that lived here came from Maine but there are representatives of many different countries at this cemetery.
Many of the graves have been engraved with sayings...such as this one. This man died in the year 1889 at 26 years, 5 months old. His name was John Dexter, and he was born in England. It says, "Lord, teach us to number our days, so that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom." (something for us all to remember...)
This next grave is of a little one... sadly. Born and died in Port Gamble in 1895.
Every town has their Church, and the Port Gamble church has been preserved and many couples celebrate their wedding day at this little Church. According to the sign that you will see next, this Church was modeled after a Church in Maine. The bell came by boat and was a gift from the San Francisco Pope and Talbot's Officer wives.
Many bride and grooms have stepped out of these doors as a newly wed couple! They had just held a wedding here last weekend when I made these photos.
Here is a sign for Weddings and Events. I believe you go to this house to set up an event.
Another look at the water towers. I also wanted to point out to you that there are many events and activities throughout the year that take place in Port Gamble. A couple of years ago, my husband, younger son, and I went to a Civil War Re-enactment held on the grassy areas of Port Gamble. I will post some photos of this soon. Other events held in Port Gamble also include things like lumber jack festivities, antique car shows, art and craft shows, and so forth.
There is a knitting shop called the Artful Ewe right down from the General Store.
but, they were closed for lunch... The owner had the cutest dog that was sleeping in the shop. So, rain check on the photos of the shop. I promise to share then another time.
Next stop is a little coffee hut as we say goodbye to Port Gamble for today.
Like many of the coffee huts, you drive up to a window in the hut and they make your coffee while you wait in your car. We have so many of these in the Northwest, and they are all different.