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What’s New for August

Cape Blanco Heritage Society continues “Living History at Hughes House,” now in its seventh year. The program comprises two five-minute plays throughout the day on August 13th and 27th. Dressed in period costumes, the actors discuss events in their personal lives and in the world around them.

June performances were well received by visitors, with comments of “pleasant surprise and insight of history ”, and “fantastic bonus to our tour.” Other visitors said they came specifically to watch the Living History performance.

On August 13, it will be “San Francisco Trip” and on August 27, it will be “Tea with Father Keveny”. Plays will occur throughout the day, based on the number of visitors, with the first taking place around 11:00 a.m. and the last around 3:00 p.m. Inge Licon returns as Jane Hughes, a widow in her seventies and Greg Ryder as Jane’s son Edward. The new actor is Tim Self as Father Charles Keveny.

Hughes House and Ranch, near Port Orford, began in the 1860s, when young Patrick and Jane Hughes settled on their first piece of land and began to build their dairy. Today, the open land remains, along with the Victorian house designed and built by Pehr Johan Lindberg in 1898. 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. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.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.