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It Was a Dark and Stormy Day

Well, maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration, but it was a bit blustery and it rained off and on. We didn't expect to see many people when we opened for visitors at 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 5. But happily a steady stream of folks from all over the world proved us wrong! We had folks from Port Townsend to Seattle, from Minnesota to Massachusetts, from Australia to Thailand.

A photo of a group of friends who stopped by for a tour of the lighthouse
Visiting the lighthous

We had individual folks out for a beach hike, families with curious kids, groups of friends on a day trip, and couples doing RV camping at Fort Warden. What they all had in common was an interest in seeing the lighthouse and hearing about its history.

Photo of docent in front of a display explaining the workings of the lighthouse's light
Dick Richardson explains how the Fresnel lens works

They wanted to know how the light worked and how that changed over the years They wanted to know why the light was built in the first place and why it was now open for tours. Volunteer docents Dick and Evelyn Richardson were ready with these and many other interesting details.

Did you know that the original light, a kerosene lamp, could be seen from nine miles away and over an arc of 270 degrees thanks to the amazing Fresnel lens built for just that purpose in Paris, France? This was just one of the many tales they had at the ready.

If you haven't been to the lighthouse, you should really stop by sometime. It is now open for tours on weekends in June. See the tour schedule page for details.

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