History of the Kitsap Peninsula
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For more information about the history and culture of the Kitsap Peninsula region, please visit the following museums:
Kitsap County Historical Society & Museum in Bremerton
Sidney Museum in Port Orchard
Bainbridge Island Historical Society
Poulsbo Historical Museum
Suquamish Tribe Museum
The Kitsap Story in an Oyster Shell:
- 5000 BC - The Suquamish begin to settle on the Kitsap Peninsula.
- 1792 - Captain George Vancouver, first Englishman to visit this area, named Puget's Sound, Hood's Canal, Port Orchard, Mount Rainier, Vashon Island and other places.
- 1852 - First non-native inhabitants on the "Great Peninsula" built a mill at what is now Kingston.
- 1854 - Port Gamble and its mill begun. Longest operating sawmill of five original mills, it was in operation until 1996. The town is a National Historic Site.
- 1857 - Slaughter County established from parts of King and Jefferson Counties. Named after Lieutenant Slaughter. Six months later, the people changed the name to Kitsap County.
- 1866 - June 7th, Chief Seattle died. Though he was born, lived, died and was buried on the Kitsap Peninsula, he is best known for lending his name to what was later to become Washington’s largest city.
- 1891 - Puget Sound Naval Station established in Bremerton.
We have several museums celebrating the history of the area - be sure to check these out.