Port Townsend: Four-day Victorian Festival begins today

PORT TOWNSEND — Top hats and puffed sleeves, cravats and corsets are all the rage in Port Townsend again as the Victorian Festival transports the town into the 19th century today through Sunday.

Fancy tea at noon?

Six bed and breakfasts in Port Townsend host parlor teas from noon to 3:30 p.m. today in their elegant sitting rooms.

Hosts are Blue Gull Inn, 1310 Clay St.; The Commander’s Beach House, 400 Hudson St.; Holly Hill House, 611 Polk St.; The James House, 1238 Washington St.; Old Consulate Inn, 313 Walker St.; and Ravenscroft Inn, 533 Quincy St.

Admission for the teas is $15 for adults and $8 for children younger than 12.

Tickets are sold at the festival office at the Pope Marine Park Building, 100 Madison St., next to the police station downtown.

History’s Mysteries, the festival’s real-life whodunit, takes place each day of the festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On Sunday, the caper — which has clues scattered throughout town — ends at 1 p.m. when the crime plot will be revealed.

The Jefferson County Historical Society Museum will be open today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to provide a look at Port Townsend’s rich history.

Admission is $4 for adults and $1 for children under 12 at the door, 540 Water St. in City Hall.

More events, including a Victorian theater presentation, antique auction and candlelight home tour, take place on Friday and through the weekend.

A full festival schedule is available online at www.victorianfestival.org or by calling 360-379-0668.

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