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The Cape Blanco Lighthouse, Hughes House and the Port Orford Lifeboat Station Museum are closed for tours until April 1, 2019.  Cape Blanco Heritage Society (CBHS) collaborates with Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) to provide tours every day (except Tuesdays) April through October.

We are closed November 1 – March 31, 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.


Enjoy Holiday Teas at the Hughes House

The Spring Teas in the Hughes House’s gorgeous dining room in Cape Blanco State Park were so successful that a repeat was in order.  Every year civic and church groups decorate Hughes House for the season, with open houses three days before and two days after Christmas. What better time for offering the teas again?

The afternoon tea will be served each day at 2 PM, from Sunday December 16 through Friday December 21.

Local restaurateurs Tasty Kates, South Coast Gourmet, and Golden Harvest Herbal Farm will each cater a day or two with a scrumptious variety of their holiday specialties. The $25 a plate charge pays for their catering and what remains goes to the Port Orford Arts Council and the Cape Blanco Heritage Society to help fund their other activities.

Reservations are required and available on a first come, first served basis. Individuals, couples or groups are invited. Call Susan Russell at 541-218-8684 soon.  The Spring Teas sold out in a hurry.


Christmas at Cape Blanco

Holiday splendor will be presented at the 30th annual Christmas opening of the historic Hughes House near Port Orford.  On December 22, 23, 24, 26 and 27 visitors will be treated to a very special viewing of the Victorian farmhouse built by Irish Catholic pioneers Patrick and Jane Hughes.  The 3,000 square foot, 11-room ranch home, constructed of old-growth Port Orford cedar, will be decorated by various community organizations.  The theme this year is “The Sounds of Christmas”.  The house was constructed in 1898 during the Victorian era (1837 to 1901).  The matriarch Jane Hughes lived there until she died in 1923.

Cookies, baked treats and hot-spiced cider will be available. Entry is free, but donations are welcome.  Open hours to view the decorations are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Hughes House is on the National Register of Historic Places and is located on Cape Blanco Road, which meets Highway 101 about four miles north of Port Orford, between Mileposts 296 and 297.