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Winter Schedule of Events!

Cape Blanco Heritage Society News

The regular season for tours at the Cape Blanco Lighthouse, the Hughes House and the Port Orford Lifeboat Station ended on October 31st. However, please note the following Cape Blanco Heritage Society events that are scheduled before the end of the year:

1. Annual Membership Meeting, 10 AM, Nov 12, Port Orford Library. Special Speakers (after the business meeting): Oregon State Police Lieutenant Tyler Lee, Coos Bay Area Command; Curry County Sheriff Captain Mike Espinoza and Port Orford Police Chief Hank Hobart.
2. Post-Thanksgiving Openings at all 3 Sites, 11 AM to 4 PM, Nov 25 & 26
3. Christmas Bazaar at Community Building, 9 AM to 3 PM, Dec 3
4. Christmas Openings at Hughes House & Cape Blanco Lighthouse (weather permitting), 11 AM to 4 PM, Dec 17, 18, 23, 24 & 26.

Do you enjoy bringing family and friends to these three Historic sites?
Are you new to the area and would like to volunteer?
Do you want to help keep these sites open 6 days a week?
Do you have some Mondays or Wednesdays available to volunteer?

If your answer is “Yes” to any of these questions, please consider volunteering so we do not have to reduce the number of days we are open in 2017. If more volunteers do not step forward, we will have to be closed two days a week instead of only one.
Do you realize that these sites attract over 33,000 visitors a year resulting in a significant economic impact on our community?
Please consider hosting at one of these sights next year, even if only a couple of times a month. Other opportunities besides hosting are also available.

Please contact Steve Roemen at 541-253-7565 or email at heritage32@frontier.com to discuss the possibilities.

Cape Blanco Heritage Society (CBHS)

Please take a moment and renew your membership or join CBHS today. A membership or individual donation plays a very important role in funding the Society’s interpretive and educational activities at all three sites. This membership links you to a special group of people who are dedicated to preserving and sharing the rich, historic legacy found in North Curry County, Oregon. As a member your benefits include the quarterly CBHS newsletter, a 10% discount at all 3 gift shops filled with history-related items plus knowing that your tax deductible donation is making a positive difference in the lives of so many people.

Visit all 3 locations this summer!

The 3 sites are Hughes House and Ranch; Cape Blanco Light Station; and Port Orford Lifeboat Station Museum.

Each site is on the National Register of Historic Places, and is located in beautiful settings with ocean views and hiking trails.

Cape Blanco Light Station (1870) holds five Oregon records, including most westerly and oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the Oregon coast.

Hughes House (1898) is an elegant restored Victorian farmhouse designed by Pehr Johan Lindberg for prosperous dairyman Patrick Hughes.

Port Orford Lifeboat Station (1934) was home to U.S. Coast Guard surfmen who for 35 years bravely rescued mariners in distress.

The site is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is open from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday through Monday. April – October. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

November 1 – April 1, we are closed but the State Park Grounds remain open all year.Read More

Cape Blanco Heritage Society

Port Orford map

Illustration by Ned Reed

Cape Blanco Heritage Society (CBHS) works cooperatively with State Parks (OPRD) at three historic sites on the beautiful southern Oregon coast:

  • Cape Blanco Light Station (1870)
    Holds five Oregon records including most westerly and oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the Oregon coast
  • Hughes House and Ranch (1898)
    elegant Victorian farmhouse designed by Pehr Johan Lindberg for prosperous dairyman Patrick Hughes
  • Port Orford Lifeboat Station (1934)
    home to Coast Guard surfmen who bravely rescued mariners for 35 years

Each landmark property preserves significant elements from the past and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Volunteers carry out our mission to provide interpretive and educational services at these locales, enriching the experience for tourists from around the world as well as local residents and their guests.

Gift shops at each location offer unusual mementos with a history theme to remind sightseers of their visit. Souvenir sales help provide funding for large projects such as restoring Coast Guard Motor Lifeboat No. 36498 and revealing original floors in Hughes House. Donations, memberships and volunteers to continue our outstanding work are always welcome. Cape Blanco Heritage Society is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization.