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!!

Cape Blanco State Park reopened on March 2. However the Cape Blanco Lighthouse remains closed, affecting the primary source of income for the CBHS. To help compensate for this loss, 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.

Site Closure Update as of August 10, 2021

The campground at Cape Blanco State Park reopened on March 2. Visitors will be able to reserve sites up to six months in advance starting at 6 AM March 1 for all stays beginning March 2 and after. Group sites will remain closed to reduce exposure in accordance with Gov. Kate Brown's Coronavirus guidance. Hiking trails and horse trails are open.

Port Orford Heads State Park is open for limited daytime use, including trails and a portable toilet.

During this time, Port Orford Lifeboat Station Museum, Cape Blanco Light Station and Hughes House and Ranch still remain closed for all tours.

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.

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.

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.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of
the lighting of the Cape Blanco Lighthouse

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