Cape Blanco Heritage Society
The 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.
The sites are within easy driving distance of Humbug Mountain State Park and Cape Blanco State Park, both of which have camping.
The hours for the sites are 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., (closed Tuesdays) and admission is free. However, there is a $2 fee to climb the stairs to the top of the Light Station’s lighthouse.
Hughes House is located on the ocean side of Highway 101. Use the Cape Blanco Road turnoff, located between Mileposts 296 and 297, about four miles north of Port Orford. The lighthouse is one mile beyond Hughes House.
The Lifeboat Station Museum is also on the ocean side of 101. Turn toward the ocean on 9th Street in Port Orford, near Milepost 301, and then follow the road up the hill to where the road ends.
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.Read More