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Fort Warden State Park
200 Battery Way, Port Townsend, WA 98368

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Point Wilson Lighthouse

Point Wilson Lighthouse stands at 51 feet and is the tallest lighthouse in the Puget Sound. It's position marks the end of the Straits of Juan de Fuca and the entrance of Admiralty Inlet and Puget Sound. These bodies of water have more recently become known as the Salish Sea. The lighthouse is located at Fort Worden State Park near the Victorian village of Port Townsend on the Olympic Peninsula.

The lighthouse was originally housed in a tower on the Keeper's House in 1879. In 1913, the lighthouse structure was built and the lantern was moved from the Keeper's House to the present lighthouse.

The lighthouse has a 4th order Fresnel lens, which beamed a white light on for 15 seconds, then off 5 seconds, with one red flash during the occultation. The light was automated in 1976, and is monitored by a computer located at the Coast Guard Air Station at nearby Port Angeles. The Fresnel lens was decommissioned in 2008, and a modern beacon was mounted on the railing to replace it.

The "Chief's" House was built in 1962 and is available for rent with a minimum stay of 2 nights. This house was used for active duty Coast Guard personnel for the local patrol boat. More information can be found on the website. The Keeper's House is a duplex unit and one of the two units will be available for rental in 2022.

Point Wilson Lighthouse recently began an extensive restoration project with many projects on the horizon. In 2019, the U.S. Coast Guard issued a license to the US Lighthouse Society (USLHS). USLHS is a nationally recognized 501(c)(3) non profit organization that advocates for the preservation of America's lighthouses. The goal is to maintain and improve the structures while providing tours to the public. Museum style interpretive displays are planned as well preserving the historic lighthouse.

Tours: May - September, Saturday and Sunday 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Website: www.Pointwilsonlighthouse.org
US Lighthouse Society: www.uslhs.org

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