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Hughes House

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

The Hughes House, Cape Blanco State Park (bobcat)
Hughes House conversation (bobcat)


Most people simply drive to the historic Hughes House, but it's also possible to walk up here from the Sixes River Trailhead or reach the building via the network of horse trails at Cape Blanco State Park.

Patrick Hughes, an Irish immigrant, moved to the southern Oregon coast from California with his wife Jane in the early 1860s. At first, Hughes worked on a gold mining operation on the Sixes River, but he soon began a prosperous dairy farm, grazing milk cows in the lush pastures along the river. He hired another immigrant - a Swede, Per Johan Lindberg - to design the family home, which was completed in 1898. Much of the home was constructed using old-growth Port Orford cedar. While Patrick Hughes passed away after living only three years in the house, Jane Hughes survived here until 1923. Indeed, Hughes descendants occupied the dwelling until 1971, when Oregon State Parks purchased the property.

The eleven-room house itself is remarkably well-preserved. Free tours are conducted April through October, Wednesday to Monday (closed Tuesdays), 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Some tour guides dress in period costumes and reenact "living history" conversations.

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