|Port Gamble Water Towers - Port Gamble, WA|
Where is Port Gamble, WA?
Port Gamble is located on the Kitsap peninsula across Puget Sound from Seattle. The shortest routes are by taking either the Bainbridge Island Ferry from Seattle or the Kingston Ferry from Edmonds.
We opted to take the ferry from Edmonds to Kingston. The crossing takes about 35 minutes.
|Washington State Ferry|
From the Kingston ferry dock it is about a 15 minute drive to Port Gamble. Using the water towers as a landmark we turned onto Rainier Avenue, the main street leading into town. The street is shaded by deciduous trees and lined by saltbox style houses surrounded by white picket fences making it resemble a New England village. The town founders were from East Machias, Maine and so were many of the employees they recruited to work in their sawmill. They designed and built Port Gamble to look like their birthplace. The town was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1966.
|Rainier Avenue - Port Gamble, WA|
|Sign with history information - Port Gamble, WA|
|Walker-Ames House - Port Gamble, WA|
The inside of the house was not available for tours when we visited, but I found a video about a paranormal investigation of the house that shows some of the interiors including some of the beautiful old woodwork and stained glass.
Port Gamble has a local paranormal organization which hosts ghost Walks, paranormal investigations and an annual Ghost Conference near the end of October each year.
|Port Gamble Community Hall and Post Office|
|Franklin Masonic Lodge - Port Gamble, WA|
|Daniel B. Jackson House - Port Gamble, WA|
|The New York House - Port Gamble, WA|
The New York House was built in 1863 and originally served as a company guest house. Over the years it served as a hospital and the home for the town's resident doctor.
|Cranmer House - Port Gamble, WA|
|Puget Hotel Stable - Port Gamble. WA|
Wedding Venues in Port Gamble
With such a scenic site and so many historic buildings, Port Gamble is a popular site for weddings.
|St. Paul's Episcopal Church - Photo courtesy of hobvias sudoneighm, on Flickr - Creative Commons License 2.0|
Historic St. Paul's Episcopal Church with its classic architecture is a beautiful location for a wedding.
A close-up view of the arbor at the entrance to the site reveals that it is covered with fragrant honeysuckle.
|Service Station and Garage - Port Gamble, WA|
Planning a Visit to Port Gamble?
For more information about Port Gamble, visit the Port Gamble Official website. If you are considering spending the night in the area, there are a couple of vacation rentals a few miles away in Hansville or the Phoenix B & B about 15 minutes away in Kingston.
Interested in more about the history of company towns or the timber industry in the Pacific Northwest? These are some books you may enjoy.