Cape Blanco Lightstation

The Cape Blanco Lighthouse will be open for tours starting April 1, 2019.  However, the Hughes House and the Port Orford Lifeboat Station Museum will not open until May 1, 2019 due to shortage of volunteers.  Cape Blanco Heritage Society (CBHS) collaborates with Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) to provide tours every day (except Tuesdays) through October.

We are closed November 1, but the State Park Grounds remain open all year.

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 continually 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.

If you appreciate visiting these sites, please consider becoming a volunteer host for CBHS or OPRD. Contact CBHS at 541-332-0521 or OPRD at 541-332-6774 for more information.

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 CBHS newsletter, a 10% discount at 2 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.


Living History to be presented at Hughes House

Visitors to the Historic Hughes House are invited to listen in on conversations between pioneer settler Jane Hughes and family members, neighbors, and travelers. This year’s Living History begins Wednesday, June 5 and continues each Wednesday between 11 AM and 3 PM with the final presentation August 28.

The six unique five-minute scenes, written by historian Shirley Nelson, depict Jane’s life at the Hughes House near Cape Blanco in the early 1900’s. Inge Licon, in her 11th year as Jane Hughes, appears in all the scenes.

Greg Ryder appears as Jane’s son Edward just back from a trip to bustling San Francisco;  Sonja Mason as Georgina McKenzie from an adjoining dairy farm; Erika Godbey as daughter-in-law Annie on laundry day; Tim Self as Father Keveny, traveling priest serving the South Coast; Emily Gwyn as Irish immigrant Catherine Kelly en route to a new life in Astoria; and Olive and Mia Bree as Jane’s young grandchildren Annie and Agnes from across the Sixes.

These scenes come to life under the auspices of Oregon State Parks and the Cape Blanco Heritage Society. The Living History coordinator is Susan Russell.

Admission to Hughes House is free. Donations are welcomed. The Hughes House is located in Cape Blanco State Park.

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