A wonderful weekend to celebrate all that is best in the West Coast’s favorite Victorian seaport.
Join us for this year’s theme: Legends of Literature. From Sherlock Holmes to Alice in Wonderland and all points in between, come celebrate the literary adventures of the time and see their real-world origins.
For one weekend, among the grand old buildings and croquet lawns, the 1890’s will live again!
Now encompassing even more of the old town area, this year’s festival features many new offerings and the return of some past favorites. The Bishop Victorian Hotel, first opened in 1891, is partnering with us this year and showcasing their historical collections. Patrons will get to attend some presentations in the hotel’s Vancouver room. High Tea will be served at the Old Consulate Inn and the Commander’s Beach House. Come be wowed by the Fashion Show or have your photograph taken by an authentic wet-plate photographic engineer.
Exhibits will range from fencing demonstrations to presentations of bicycles through the ages, including the iconic “penny farthing” bicycle with its enormous front wheel. The crew of the USS Tahoma, fresh from patrolling the waterways of the Civil War, will be present with their equipment on display. Tours of historic Port Townsend will be available, including new offerings for the more adventurous.