Port Orford History Sites Open

The Cape Blanco Lighthouse, Hughes House, and Port Orford Lifeboat Station Museum are open for tours through Fall

The Cape Blanco Lighthouse and the Hughes House, both located in Cape Blanco State Park near Sixes, and the Port Orford Lifeboat Station Museum, located in Port Orford, are now open to the public. The Cape Blanco Heritage Society (CBHS), in cooperation with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD), will provide tours at the popular history sites from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. every day except Tuesdays. Tours at the Hughes House and Lifeboat Station are available through September, while tours at the Cape Blanco Lighthouse will continue through October.

U. S. Coast Guard motor lifeboat 36498 on the grounds of the Port Orford Lifeboat Station Museum. Photo by Emily Kolkemo

Each site is on the National Register of Historic Places, and is located in beautiful settings with ocean views and hiking trails. Tours of the Cape Blanco Lighthouse include the workroom, but visitors should note that the upstairs lantern room is currently closed due to pending structural evaluation and repairs. The road to the Lighthouse is closed for public vehicle use, but visitors may walk ¼ mile from the gate to the Lighthouse for tours and to visit the grounds.  

Nearby, the Hughes House is a restored Victorian farmhouse, built in 1898 by pioneers Patrick and Jane Hughes.

The Lifeboat Station housed U.S. Coast Guard surfmen from 1934 into the 1960s. Besides touring the former barracks and office building, visitors can see a 36 foot self-righting motor lifeboat that was in use at the station and others on the Oregon coast until it was retired in 1979. That station is located at Port Orford Heads State Park.

For more information about the lighthouse, Hughes House, and Lifeboat Station, visit the Cape Blanco Heritage Society website at

From a trail at Port Orford Heads State Park, visitors can see where surfboats launched into the ocean. Photo by Emily Kolkemo

Cover Photo: Hughes House by Emily Kolkemo