Answering Your Questions
Q: How did Oysterville come to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places?
A: From the May 12, 1976 notification by the Washington State Advisory Council on Historic Preservation:
It gives us great pleasure to notify you that the Oysterville Historic District has been selected by the Keeper of the National Register for placement in the National Register of Historic Places.
The town of Oysterville was founded in April of 1854 by I.A. Clark and R.H. Espy. They were guided to the oyster beds by an Indian named Nahcotta, where they promptly began harvesting the shellfish for shipment to San Francisco. Once the Pacific County seat, Oysterville is located on the sheltered side of the Long Beach Peninsula. There are several surviving residences and other buildings constructed in the late 1860s and early 1870s some of which are significant for their architectural qualities. These are among the few remaining structures associated with one of the northwest's earliest industries.