Links & Resources
Oysterville Businesses & Interests
Oysterville Sea Farms Visit Oysterville’s last oyster buildings to enjoy clams and oysters that are harvested that day! Willabay's fresh and diverse specialty food line features crannie condiments, cereals, spices and breading and much more.
Sydney Stevens is an author/historian whose family has been continuously present in Oysterville since its founding in 1854. Her books and daily blog offer readers a compelling view of this remote coastal region as seen through time.
Oysterville Post Office is the oldest post office operating continuously and under the same name in the state of Washington. However, since its beginning in 1858, the post office here has never been in a building of its own. It has operated out of private homes, even from the back of a saloon, but most often in association with a general store. Since 1918, it has been in its current location at the west end of the Oysterville Store just at the foot of Davis Hill.
3012 Oysterville Rd
Oysterville, WA 98641 0000
Step in the door and back in time to hear over a hundred years of hymns resonating in the walls of this church. Before leaving refreshed, pick up a Walking Tour and drop a few coins in the poor box for this and other ORF preservation projects.
Peninsula and Regional Tourism Resources
Discovery Awaits on the Long Beach Peninsula
The Peninsula offers visitors shops, great seafood, comfortable lodging, small museums, horseback riding, and an expansive beach. It is home to a new national park, two historic lighthouses, renowned restaurants, cranberry bogs, and oyster farms.
More than forty Chinook settlements existed in Pacific County in Southwest Washington at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Those groups that lived around Shoalwater Bay came to the northern part of the North Beach Peninsula to gather salmon berries and to hunt seal. They called the area near Oysterville "Tsako-Te-Hahsh-Eetl" - Place of the Red-topped Grass.
Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum
The purpose of the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum is "to preserve and interpret the heritage of the Columbia Pacific region, including the lower Columbia River and adjacent coastal areas of southwestern Washington,northwestern Oregon, with special emphasis on the Columbia's north shore, the Long Beach Peninsula and vicinity of Willapa Bay in Pacific County, Washington."
Columbia River Maritime Museum
Located in Astoria, the Columbia River Maritime Museum is to collect and preserve historical and cultural maritime material relevant to the Columbia River, and to display and interpret selected material from the collections for the education and enjoyment of the public.
Northwest Carriage Museum
You are invited to explore the world of the 19th century traveler at the Northwest Carriage Museum in Raymond, WA. The museum is home to 25 beautifully restored vehicles, many the "Cadillacs of their day" with ivory door locks, brocade trim, and leather interiors.
Pacific County, Washington Pacific County was create Februaary 4, 1851 by the Oregon Territorial Legislature -- before there was a Washington State or even a Washington Territory. Oysterville served as the third Pacific County seat from 1855 until 1892 at which time South Bend became the fourth and final location for county government headquarters. The County's official website provides links to various boards and commissions as well as statistical information.
The Pacific County Historical Society is a private, not-for-profit, charitable organization devoted to preserving and presenting the history of Pacific County, Washington. Their museum, located in the county seat of South Bend, features exhibits covering natural history, local Indian history, transportation, natural resources, communtiies, maritime, and cultural history. The Society's quarterly publication the Souwester is an excellent source for Pacific County history.
Lower Columbia Preservation Society is an Astoria, Oregon,-based organization that encourages and promotes historic preservation in the northwest Oregon-southwest Washington region. The organization publishes a quarterly newsletter and sponsors numerous events throughout the year, including how-to workshops on historic preservation techniques, lectures, historic home tours, the annual Holiday historic home tour in December, and--its signature event--the annual historic garden tour in July.
Oysterville Design Review Board is designated by the Board of County Commissioners as the official body to review all architectural and historical preservation matters related to physical construction within the boundaries of the Oysterville Historic District. Any new development, restoration or remodeling activities, or significant changes to the natural environment within the Historic District must be brought before the ODRB.
Pacific County Department of Community Development approves and administers all planning and building activities in Pacific County, and specifically works with the Oysterville Design Review Board and the Oysterville Restoration Foundation when proposals are submitted for development within the Oysterville Historic District.
Pacific County Planning Commission is appointed by the Board of County Commissioners to conduct hearings on various land use issues and to make recommendations to the County Commissioners. The Oysterville Restoration Foundation has worked with the Planning Commission to resolve issues concerning development within the Historic District and administration of the Design Review Guidelines.
The National Park Service, a division of the US Department of the Interior, maintains the National Register of Historic Places. Their "Cultural Resources" website offers a National Register search function, information on grants, travel guides, educational resources, and even tax information.
National Register of Historic Places is the Nation's official list of cultural resources worthy of preservation. Go to their website for travel, research and educational information, as well as information about listing a property or finding a property.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is the nation's foremost educational and advocacy group for historic preservation issues. The private, non-profit organization "....is dedicated to protecting the irreplaceable and fighting to save historic buildings and the neighborhoods and landscapes they anchor." The Trust also publishes Preservation, a bi-monthly magazine, and numerous books, pamphlets, and other documents on historic preservation.
The Washington Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation is the state's primary agency with knowledge and expertise in historic preservation. The agency advocates for the preservation of our irreplaceable cultural resources through education. DAHP also oversees historic preservation regulations and is the central repository for information and reports on this topic.
The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation is a non-profit group that promotes safeguarding the state's "historic places through advocacy, education, collaboration, and stewardship." The group produces a quarterly newsletter, lobbies for preservation-friendly legislation, and assists communities with historic preservation-related issues.