Monday, August 16, 2010

Oldest Building in Newport: Yaquina Bay Lighthouse

I love lighthouses.  They are always so magestic.  The Yaquina Bay Lighthouse in Newport, Oregon is the oldest building in this historic town (built in 1871).  It is also the only existing Oregon lighthouse with the living quarters attached, and the only historic wooden Oregon lighthouse still standing.   And it's so charming!

The inside of the house is preserved as a museum with furnishing as it would have been when the lightkeeper, his wife and their six children lived there for a short period of time.  There was even an old sewing machine (not a singer as far as I could tell):
I also found this photo from July 1948 of the Miss Newport delegation in front of the lighthouse:
Just three months earlier in April 1948, 26 people met as the first members of the Lincoln County Historical Society.  One of their first goals was preserving the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse for use as a museum.  The Society is still going strong today with plans to restore a historic bayfront house that will soon become the Pacific Maritime and Heritage Center.


  1. Very cool! I'll bet your dad liked that trip!
    I love the photo of you out in front - you look lovely!

    Now hurry on home, my love!

  2. I love lighthouses too, and this one is gorgeous - good to see it has a sewing machine!

  3. I just popped to your blog to thank you for your kind comments on my recent post - had to comment here, when I saw Newport, I initially thought you meant Newport, South Wales and was mighty confused because that lighthouse is far too pretty for the likes of Newport, not to mention that it doesn't need a lighthouse either haha!

    It is a lovely building, love the vintage sewing machine!


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