Name: Henry E. Morgan House
Year Built: 1875
Location: 809 Tyler Street
Area: Uptown Port Townsend

Port Townsend pioneer Henry E. Morgan was born in Connecticut in 1825. In 1848 he married Kate Burton and the couple later adopted a daughter, also named Kate. The daughter eventually taught school in Port Townsend and married D.H. Hill, member of another Port Townsend pioneer family.

Morgan originally left Connecticut and sailed to San Francisco via Cape Horn. He had signed onto a sailing vessel as a partner in a mining venture during the 1849 gold rush. He continued to work on ships in San Francisco Bay and the Sacremento River, rather than seek his fortune in the gold fields. He eventually went to sea and worked his way from common seaman to ship's captain.

He settled in Washington in 1858, first farming and trading on Whidbey Island. Then in 1864 the family moved to Port Townsend, and in 1866 he bought the tract now known as Morgan Hill. He developed the property and began selling lots in 1885. Morgan was also a partner in Union Wharf and bought and sold Protection Island twice. He drilled for coal on Marrowstone Island and established a short-lived teachers' college, as well as attempting to build a hotel in what is now Sather Park.

The Henry Morgan House was built in the early Victorian style, with plain, simple lines, except for the decorative bay on the right of the entry. The current owners bought the house in 1992 and found it structurally sound; roof, foundation, electric, and plumbing were all in good order. They have done quite a bit of restoration and decorative work, though, including painting and extensive yard work.

Carpeting has been replaced to reveal the original wood floors, which the Haykins painted; they also painted and stenciled walls. Some of the original rippled and bubbled glass window panes can be seen in the sitting room. There are many attractive pieces of period furniture throughout the house.

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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