Port Gamble, Washington is a scenic waterfront community with antique shops and historic houses

Is this town the definition of a picturesque seaside village of what? Port Gamble is pretty.  And old–it’s one of the oldest settlements in the region. While 19th-century homes are a rarity in much of the Pacific Northwest, Port Gamble has a whole slew of well-preserved specimens, and they’re all on the National Historic Register.

From its beginnings way back in 1853, the Poe and Talbot sawmill was Port Gamble–the company owned everything in the town. When the sawmill closed for business in 1995, it ended what had been the oldest continually-operating sawmill in North America. Though Poe and Talbot is no more, the New England-style homes and buildings created by the company’s founders remain, and the entire community is preserved as a national historic district.

Getting There

Cross Puget Sound on a Washington State Ferry from Edmonds to Kingston, then head out of town on SR 104, winding west and then north into the tiny seaside town of Port Gamble.

Things to Do

Where to Eat

photos: church by karma17, house by emmettanderson, water towers by brewbooks,  sign by  nick sherman.

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