Lifeboat Station - Est. 1934
Cape Blanco Light Station - Est. 1870
Hughes Ranch - Est. 1860's
Nellie's Cove

Latest News

CBHS Greeting Center Gift Shop is OPEN!

The Cape Blanco Greeting Center Gift Shop is now open for visitors and we look forward to your visit. Our hours are 10AM - 3PM, Thursday - Saturday starting out. We plan to add Sunday as staffing allows. Pictured below is our interpretive center featuring a diorama of the Cape Blanco Lighthouse grounds by artist Roger Rasmussen. Click for a larger view.

CBHS Souvenir Sales Are Now Available Online!

Help support the Cape Blanco Heritage Society year-round! An Etsy store has been set up to sell several Lighthouse 150-year anniversary souvenirs along with other items sold at the Port Orford Lifeboat Station Museum.

The Etsy store items can be accessed by going to and searching for “BlancoGifts”, or just use the link below. The storefront will open in a new tab or window.

• Click Here for the CBHS Souvenir Sales Etsy Storefront •

In addition, you can support CBHS by using the 'DONATE' Button found at the top of each page. If you need further information, please call 541-253-7565.

The Cape Blanco Historical Society Sites are OPEN April-October.

Each site is on the National Register of Historic Places, and is located in beautiful settings with ocean views and hiking trails.

Cape Blanco Light Station (1870) holds five Oregon records, including most westerly and oldest continually operating lighthouse on the Oregon coast. PLEASE NOTE: At present, the Cape Blanco Lighthouse and the short road from the lighthouse gate are not open as they are both in need of repairs. Visitors will need to walk the short distance from the gate to the Greeting Center Gift Shop and can easily hike from there to view the exterior of the lighthouse.

Dave Baxter recently featured Cape Blanco, its historical sites and hiking trails on his website AwayGoWe Travel. The article can be found here.

Hughes House (1898) is an elegant restored Victorian farmhouse designed by Pehr Johan Lindberg for prosperous dairyman Patrick Hughes.

Port Orford Lifeboat Station (1934) was home to U.S. Coast Guard surfmen who for 36 years bravely rescued mariners in distress.

Volunteer or Join the Cape Blanco Heritage Society

The Society is seeking volunteers (tour docents, greeting center cashiers, membership chairperson, committee members, newsletter article writers, Living History actors, etc.) for when these sites are open again. This is a good time to get acquainted with the Society; you could even consider becoming a Board Member….we have 1 opening. Contact CBHS at 541-253-7565 or for more information.

Please take a moment and renew your membership or join CBHS today. A membership or individual donation plays a very important role in funding the Society’s interpretive and educational activities at all three sites. This membership links you to a special group of people who are dedicated to preserving and sharing the rich, historic legacy found in North Curry County, Oregon. As a member your benefits include the CBHS newsletter, a 10% discount at 2 gift shops filled with history-related items plus knowing that your tax deductible donation is making a positive difference in the lives of so many people.

2020 marks the 150th anniversary of
the lighting of the Cape Blanco Lighthouse

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