National Historic District
National Historic Districts are identified and recognized to provide an insight into the past and to preserve the relationship of the surviving structures and cultural features within their setting. The U.S. Federal government designates historic districts through the U.S. Department of the Interior and under the auspices of the National Park Service.
Founded along the banks of Willapa (once called Shoalwater) Bay in 1854, Oysterville's development was directly related to the harvesting of native oysters and shipping them to San Francisco in the 1850s - 1880s. Within the village 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.
In addition to being a National Historic District, Oysterville is also a designated Pacific County Historic District. Both designations give recognition to the historical significance of the village and offer some protection against careless development and the ravages of time.
Choosing to own property in the district is choosing to participate in the preservation of Oysterville. Mandatory guidelines exist for new development as well as restoration and renovation of existing structures within the district. A Hearing Examiner was appointed by Pacific County to review and approve all development proposals. Contact the Pacific County Community Development for a copy of the Oysterville Design Guidelines.