State Parks Day at Hughes House. Once again, Saturday, June 1, is State Parks day. Cape Blanco Heritage Society sponsors historically appropriate period crafts and provides refreshments. Camping is free and this year, spinners and weavers along with woodcarvers and an origami maker, who was very popular at last years event! Hughes House is open 10:00 am to 3:30 pm and is 4 miles from Hwy 101 on Cape Blanco Rd north of Port Orford.Read More
Cape Blanco Heritage Society
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.