By modern definition, heritage is "valued objects and qualities such as cultural traditions, unspoiled countryside, and historic buildings that have been passed down from previous generations." The Cape Blanco Heritage Society is dedicated to preserving the heritage of our three historic sites, as well as the heritage, culture and living history of the surrounding area; a history that reveals itself with new stories every day. We're dedicated to working with our collaborative partners at each of our three sites to tell a more inclusive and accurate history.
Our Three Historic Sites are currently closed for the season.
Our Seasonal Schedule.
The Cape Blanco Lighthouse (Workroom and Gift Shop only) will be OPEN from May-October (every day except Tuesday). The Hughes House and Lifeboat Station Museum will be OPEN from May-September (every day except Tuesday). 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.
No trip to Port Orford is complete without a visit to this historic Lifeboat Station, now Port Orford Heads State Park. The short trails around this headland afford fantastic views of the surrounding coastline.
Spectacular views of a Fresnel lens and the Pacific Ocean await you on your tour of the Cape Blanco Lighthouse. This light station is the oldest continually operating and most westerly on Oregon's coast.
Discover what life was like for the Hughes family as they worked a dairy ranch during the late 19th and early 20th century and explore the wonders of the Sixes River valley within Cape Blanco State Park.