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The Cape Blanco Lighthouse will be open for tours from April 1, 2020 until October 31.

The Hughes House and the Port Orford Lifeboat Station Museum will be open for tours from May 1, 2020 until September 30.

Cape Blanco Heritage Society (CBHS) collaborates with Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) to provide tours every day (except Tuesdays).

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 36 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.

Hughes House Holiday Luncheons

It’s becoming a tradition!  Again this year you can celebrate the holidays with a guided tour and scrumptious luncheon in the beautifully-decorated Hughes House at 1 PM from Sunday, Dec. 15 through Friday, Dec. 20. 

Tasty Kate’s will serve up a full meal with a fabulous array of holiday goodies for $25 a plate. Proceeds help fund the Port Orford Arts Council and the Cape Blanco Heritage Society activities.

Individuals, couples or groups up to ten can be accommodated. Reservations are required.  Call Susan Russell at 541-218-8684 well in advance. Last year the event was sold out weeks ahead of time. Payment (in cash only, please) will be taken at the luncheon.  

The Port Orford Arts Council, the Cape Blanco Heritage Society and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department co-sponsor this event. 

The Victorian Era Hughes House is in Cape Blanco State Park, Port Orford.

Christmas at the Hughes House

Holiday splendor will be presented at the 31st annual Christmas opening of the historic Hughes House near Port Orford.  On December 22, 23 and 26, 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 “Christmas by the Sea”.  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 2 to 6 PM.

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.

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