Port Gamble, located on the North Kitsap Peninsula, hasn’t changed much since it was a bustling mill town in the 1850’s. It is a beautifully restored town complete with Victorian style homes, unique textile shops, book and antique stores, tea-rooms, cafes, and even a historic theater.
When you visit Port Gamble, Washington you might think you are in Maine. In fact, the village of Port Gamble was designed to look like the little town of East Machias, Maine, home town of the founders, businessmen Andrew Pope and William Talbot.
Port Gamble is located on the Hood Canal of the Puget Sound (on the opposite side from Seattle). Port Gamble was the longest continuously operating mill town in North America and is still owned by the corporation, Pope and Talbot. It has been preserved and designated a National Historic Landmark.
Today, visitors enjoy the restored homes, church and buildings which are home to residents, shops and restaurants. It is a popular place for weddings overlooking the scenic Hood Canal.
The homes and shops are Victorian style and are marked by crisp, white picket fences. The town area is surrounded by beautiful woods. There are day use trails where you can hike, bike or ride a horse. Motorized vehicles are not allowed on trails.
One of the largest buildings in town is the old General Store. The store has locally inspired merchandise, a good selection of local wines and, in the back, a great little cafe. You can have an excellent breakfast (they have everything from oatmeal to eggs Benedict) and sit in a sunny window overlooking the water. They are also open for lunch from 11 a.m.
The store shares space with the Sea and Shore Museum and the Port Gamble Historic Museum.
Be sure and walk up to the scenic hilltop cemetery and look for the grave of the first US Navy man killed in battle in the Northwest. There are large trees and historic grave markers. It is a peaceful place to visit and reflect.
The events calendar is well worth checking. Port Gamble is home to events such as a crafters market, car cruise-ins and even a Ghost Conference.
You can actually stay in one of the Port Gamble historic homes. Through Port Gamble Guest Houses you can rent a home for a family vacation or a peaceful getaway.
Location: Port Gamble is accessible via Hwy 3 and Hwy 104.