What can I see and do at the Rothschild House?
Built in 1868 by well-known Port Townsend merchant D.C.H. Rothschild, the house sits atop a hill in one of the highest points in the city, overlooking the harbor. Rothschild, who owned the local Kentucky Store, which sold maritime goods, constructed it for his wife and children, and included extra special touches though the home was really quite simple compared to most of the other ornate houses in town.
Donated to the state in 1959 with nearly all its contacts intact, the white-frame Rothschild House Port Townsend is fun to tour and is the quintessential example of life in the Pacific Northwest during that era. You’ll see wallpaper that dates back to around 1885, early 20th century carpets, beautiful decorative art, and period furniture, including some that pre-dates the house.
Little girls will love the original dolls and doll clothes as well as other toys and games. Many of the pieces you’ll see reflect the Rothschilds’ connection to Germany, like the sauerkraut cutter in the kitchen.
Outside, you can wander through the garden, which includes peonies, roses, and lilacs from around the U.S. and provides an opportunity to take great photos of the harbor below as well as the picturesque downtown area.
Where is Rothschild House?
The house is located at 404 Taylor Street. Take Highway 101 to Washington Route 20, which becomes Water Street upon entering Port Townsend. Go .3 miles and make a left on Quincy and then another slight left on Jefferson. Take the second right on Taylor to #404.
When is Rothschild House open?
Tours are available daily from May through September. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
How much does Rothschild House cost?
Admission is $4 for adults and $1 for children 3-12.
Who can I call if I have more questions?
For more information, call the Jefferson County Historical Society at 360-385-1003. Or visit their website.