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Coast Guard Day, Picnic in the Park, Sunday August 7th

Cape Blanco Heritage Society (CBHS)

Join your friends and neighbors at the 14th Annual Coast Guard Day Picnic in the Park celebration at the Port Orford Lifeboat Station, Sunday August 7th. Pack your favorite picnic foods, bring your beach chairs, and get ready to enjoy a beautiful August afternoon at the Port Orford Heads State Park to honor those who have and continue to protect local residents from the hazards of our breathtaking park and ocean. Music will be provided by J. Michael Steele and Friends which includes not only J. Michael Steele, who has been an MCA publishing recording artist, but also our talented local musicians Gary Robertson and Gabriel Salcedo. They are all national level touring musicians. The band plays a combination of blues, country, and rock with Michael on vocals and guitar, Gabriel on keyboards, and Gary on bass. They will be playing in front of the Lifeboat from 2:00 to 4:00

The 2016 Living History performances begin Wednesday, June 8, 11a.m. to 3p.m., as visitation allows. This year, we offer performances every Wednesday all summer through August 31. We will be performing “The Grandchildren,” “Jane and Annie at Home,” “San Francisco Trip,” “Tea with Father Keveny,” “Visit with a Neighbor”, and “Visitor from Ireland.” The 5-minute presentations will take you to a brief moment in time in Jane Hughes’ life at the Hughes House. Come see our presentations any Wednesday this summer.

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.