Port Townsend: Rothschild House opens for summer season this weekend

PORT TOWNSEND — The 136-year-old Rothschild House at Taylor and Jefferson streets opens Saturday for the summer season.

The historical merchant family home will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the end of September.

“The family’s influence continues this year with the gift of a reproduction of Dorette Hartung Rothschild’s 1863 wedding gown that was worn when she married Harry Rothschild as a new addition to the home’s collections,” said Bill Roney, museum manager.

The wedding gown will be unveiled at 11 a.m. Saturday by Dorette Lemon, third-generation descendent of Dorette Hartung Rothschild.

Marge Harding of Oregon City, Ore., reproduced the wedding gown.

Donations for the gown were made as a memorial to Dorette’s daughter, Laura Lemon Vogel, who wore the dress at her wedding in 1979.

The Jefferson County Historical Society, which manages the home, invites Jefferson County residents to attend Saturday’s opening at no charge. Others will be charged a $4 entrance fee for adults and $1 for children.

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