Acton HouseName: Robert Acton House
Year Built: c. 1889
Location: 1027 Pierce St.
Area: Uptown Port Townsend

Robert Acton, a young single man, arrived in Port Townsend approximately 1886. He purchased the lot and his built this house using skills he had brought with him from his native Canada. He owned the home until 1891 when Edward B. Barthrop purchased it.

The Acton House was featured on the 2004 Victorian Festival Heritage House Tour, this beautiful century old Queen Anne Victorian house has a two bedroom suite for rent. Located on a street of lovely restored mansions, the house is adjacent to the Old Lutheran Methodist Church and Rectory.

Robert Acton HouseEntrance to the house is via a front porch decorated with elaborate corbels and a huge ornate red front door. The Hallway contains a leaded glass window, red embossed Chinese wool rug and an enormous, walnut, mercury mirror that (due to its weight) was bolted through the wall in the original downtown Water Street Barber's Shop in the 1880's. There is art work of the period, carved woodwork and Russian Cloak Hooks from Wenceslas Square, Czechoslovakia. The antique staircase made of old Northwest Fir, has a paneled landing and stained glass window.

The Robert Acton Room, overlooking the old roof tops and churchyard to Puget Sound, consists of Victorian trim and bulls eyes woodwork. In 1889, Robert could look down to the bay and see which square rigged sailing ships had come in to port. In those days the only access to the town was by water and this was of vital importance for supplies, arrivals and departures. (As crews were depleted, it also meant that some unwilling souls would be knocked over the head and shanghaied aboard a tall ship via the underground tunnels leading under Water Street, never to see their family again).

Rooms have the old bubble glass windows, and the ceramic door handles are lower since people were shorter then. Even the light switches are in unexpected places.

On a clear day, Mt. Rainier appears right at the end of Pierce Street. Victorian flower and herb gardens with wrought iron furniture and a barbecue invite you to relax in peaceful surroundings. Robert Acton rented accommodation in 1889 and the house is still welcoming guests 115 years later.

Data modified from the National Register of Historic Places, the former Victorian Festival Heritage Home Tour, property owners and other sources. All material copyrighted by PTguide.com.

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