Kitsap County Parks and Recreation
This is the oldest lighthouse on Puget Sound. Preserving the lighthouse area is a major part of the Hansville Community Plan. In June 2006, the fourth-order Fresnel lens was deactivated and the navigational light was transferred to a modern optic mounted outside the lantern. The U.S. Lighthouse Society, headquartered at the lighthouse, rents out part of the keeper's house for overnight stays. In 2010 the Society opened the workshop at the station as a gift shop with rotating museum exhibits.
Tower Height: 30
Height of Focal Plane: 27
Characteristic and Range: 3 white flashes every 10 seconds.
Description of Tower: White, square, brick and stucco tower attached to one-story office and one-story fog signal building.
This light is operational
1879 two-story wood frame keeper's house, 1900 wood fog signal building, oil house.
Date Established: 1879
Date Present Tower Built: 1879
Date Automated: 1977
Optics: 1898: Fourth order Fresnel lens (no longer in use).
Fog Signal: Originall bell, now automated horn.
Current Use: Active aid to navigation.
Open To Public? Yes.
From Seattle/Interstate 90: 1. Follow the signs to downtown Seattle. Take the Seneca exit and head toward the waterfront. 2. Board the Bremerton or Bainbridge Island ferries at the Colman Dock. 3. If you take the Bremerton ferry, follow the signs to Highway 16 or Highway 3 out of town. Going south on Highway 16, you can access Gorst, Port Orchard or Gig Harbor. Going north on Highway 3, you can access Seabeck, Silverdale, Keyport, Port Gamble, Hansville and Kingston in that order. 4. To get to Bainbridge Island, Suquamish and Poulsbo, head north on Highway 3 and take the Highway 305 exit which is just past Silverdale. 5. If you take the Bainbridge Island ferry, follow Highway 304 out of town. You will pass Suquamish and Poulsbo on the way to Highway 3. From Highway 3, head north to Hood Canal, Port Gamble, Hansville and Kingston (past Port Gamble, Highway 3 becomes Highway 104 on the way to Hansville and Kingston), or south to Keyport, Silverdale, Seabeck, Bremerton, Gorst, Port Orchard and Gig Harbor in that order. Tours are available on Sundays, noon to 4:00 p.m.from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Visitors may not climb up to the top due to safety concerns. There is a small display in the base of the tower. The adjacent house is a private residence; please respect the occupants. To schedule a private tour not during regular tour times, email docent Robert Jungst at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mapquest URL: Click here to get a map to this lighthouse!
Listed on the
National Register of Historic Places
Keepers: John Maggs (1879-?).