HISTORICAL DOWNTOWN &
Located upon an admirable town site, and commanding by far, the most beautiful views, and delightful panoramas of scenery on the Port Orchard Bay, lies the growing and thriving county seat of Kitsap County, Sidney-which is more widely known by its post office designation Port Orchard- The people are congenial and hospitable, and come here to find a pleasant and profitable place to live.
Kitsap County Business Review 1901
Sidney became Port Orchard in 1903. The name of the main thoroughfare became Bay Street as it originally edged along the waterfront. Much of the hill had to be excavated to erect buildings on the “land” side of the street. Structures on the “water” side were actually built on pilings over the water. In 1901, there were two churches, excellent schools, and lodges of Masons, Eastern Star, Odd Fellows, Knights of Pythias, woodmen, Woodcraft, and Good Templars. The Sidney pier is still in use, with the marina park nearby. Marine access is no longer available from Frederick and Harrison streets.
Log Cabin Museum
The two story cabin was built by Allen Bartow in 1914 from “log boom” logs that were pulled up Sidney from Port Orchard Bay hill by oxen and draft horses from Port Orchard Bay. Bartow was a Civil War veteran, a newspaper man, and a retired Indian agent for the Suquamish reservation. He built the cabin for his wife Louise. The building was saved from destruction by the Sidney Museum and Arts Association in 1971. It features vignettes of life in Port Orchard at the turn of the century.
416 Sidney Avenue
Port Orchard, Washington
Sidney Museum & Sidney Art Gallery
You’ll want to visit the Sidney Museum and Sidney Art Gallery. This is the only building in Port Orchard that is listed on the National Historic register; and, on the State of Washington’s list of historic places. It was built in 1908, and was originally used as the first Port Orchard Masonic Temple.
202 Sidney Avenue
Port Orchard, Washington
Ha Tu Ba Di Memorial Totem
Located just west of the ferry pier along the walkway in the Port Orchard Waterfront Park is the Ha Tu Ba Di Memorial Totem.
At the west end of the marina is an obsevation tower where you can see out over the water to Bremerton, and the Olympic Mountians.
Take the foot ferry to Bremerton. The Carlisle ll is one of the last remaining boats of the mosquito fleet still in service. It has shuttled people between Port Orchard and Bremerton for more than 70 years.
Port Orchard Marina Park & Huntingtons Children’s Park
East of the ferry pier is Port Orchard Marina Park and Huntingtons Childrens Park, locally known as the “spinny” park.
Veterans Living Memorial & Museum
On display is a wonderful collection of military memorabilia from the civil war to the war in Afghanistan. There is an impressive display women’s uniforms, and other items related to women’s important contribution to our country.
Public Boat Ramp
Not far from the Waterfront Park is the public boat ramp at Water Street. It was updated by the Port of Brememrton, and the City of Port Orchard.