Long Beach Washington Historical Sights and Attractions

Visit the Top Historical Sights and Attractions on the Long Beach Washington Peninsula

Learn more about the local history of the Pacific Northwest by visiting some of the local historical sights and attractions, including historic Oysterville and Seaview Washington. Stand where Lewis and Clark first viewed the Pacific Ocean at Cape Disappointment State park. Learn about the Native American culture at  Middle Village. (Updated:12/01/2022)

McGowen Church

Take a short visit to Middle Village – Station Camp

 

 

The Corps of Discovery spent ten days here, and Clark used it as a primary survey station as he mapped the mouth of the Columbia River. The Chinook people, who have lived along the Columbia for thousands of years, used this site as a trade village. This park is between the tunnel under Fort Columbia and the Astoria-Megler Bridge. 

Historic Home in Seaview WA

Stroll through Lovely Seaview, WA

 

Read about  Seaview's History Here

 

Originally a summer community for the Portland gentry, Seaview WA’s quiet tree-lined streets invite strollers to enjoy turn-of-the-century Victorian homes, which are survivors of a developer’s plans from the 1880s. Stay in one of our historic vacation rentals in Seaview, WA, which are all within walking distance of incredible restaurants and shopping.

Oysterville Church

Try a Walking Tour of Oysterville, WA

 

Oysterville

 

You may feel that time forgot this tiny, historic village that sits on Willapa Bay, but its residents lovingly maintain the homes and buildings here. The historic homes, church, schoolhouse, and oyster farms were once part of a booming community fueled by the California Gold Rush. Resident “Sydney of Oysterville” keeps an incredible blog detailing the stories and history of the village. So come up to the top of the peninsula and try our fresh Willapa Bay oysters out of the water. 

Fort Columbia Bunker

Learn about Military History at Fort Columbia and Fort Canby

 

 

Construction began on three forts to protect the mouth of the Columbia River in the late nineteenth century. Now, these coastal defense sites can be explored by visitors. Fort Columbia Historical State Park is considered the most intact, historic coastal defense unit in the United States. In addition, the remains of Fort Canby can be found throughout Cape Disappointment State Park.

Seekers of history and abandoned vibes will enjoy exploring both. Pick up maps at the Visitors Bureau or parks.

View of North Head Lighthouse

Visit Historic North Head Lighthouse

 

 

Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and Keepers of the North Head Lighthouse host the anniversary of the North Head Lighthouse at Cape Disappointment State Park in Ilwaco each June.

Light house and Interpretive Center Ilwaco Washington

Take a short hike to Cape Disappointment Lighthouse

 

 

The Cape Disappointment Lighthouse is white with black stripes. It overlooks the mouth of the Columbia River, also known as the Graveyard of the Pacific.

Did you know that in  1853, the first shipment of lighthouse materials sank two miles offshore! Most of the shipment was lost, and this was just the beginning of

the difficulties this lighthouse faced.

Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center

Visit our local museums

 

 

Long Beach and Astoria have some amazing museums.  Kids of all ages love the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and the Maritime Museum.  Many of the Forts provide hours of entertainment and exploration of the various barracks and defensive outposts that dot the West Coast. 

 

Bloomer Mansion in Seaview WA

Stay at the Historical Bloomer Mansion

 

Seaview, Washington

 

This 1932 fully restored mansion sits on six acres of private oceanfront land. Within walking distance to the market, fine dining, antiques, and less than a mile to Long Beach, WA. A 5,000 square foot, three-story home with 18 rooms. Sleep 12 to 14 very comfortably. Pet-friendly, well-behaved dogs and their owners are welcome. Prize-winning 1904 Grand Baldwin Piano in an expansive living room. Hot tub, 8' slate pool table, foosball, and ping pong. Xbox 360, WII, racing games, sports games, and more. The child's play closet is stocked with toys for toddlers, fully stocked for babies: cribs, high chairs, booster seats, stroller, even a baby bathtub. Fully stocked kitchen with stainless steel cutlery, stainless steel pots and pans, and new appliances. Porch with barbecue, and large yard with fire pit and picnic tables. Whatever your reason for lodging in Long Beach, Washington, be sure to find out why the Bloomer Mansion is the most popular vacation rental.