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English Camp, Friday Harbor

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  • We got to meet docents running a blacksmith shop and wearing period English Marines costumes. Otherwise, not much information, although the video loop on the history was well done.  more »
  • We've been here many times; We enjoy the peaceful view of the water and walking around the buildings and garden area. It makes a good historical stop when also visiting American Camp.  more »
  • Really a great slice of history. Very well preserved. A nice place to visit for the family. The are also some nice paths and even some good bird watching.  more »
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  • English Camp has quite a few buildings left to see. Many are Originals built by the Royal Marines! It was a farm for a while after the Marines left luckily the farmer saved some of the buildings. And he also built himself a grand house which they appear to be restoring. Great walking trails and access to Beach. During my visit all buildings were locked. Maybe they open them up on special occasions like Memorial Day and 4th of July.. even when not raining it's kind of wet around here bring good shoes. If you stay on the trails you are fine.
  • The English definitely picked the better location for their camp- nestled in a beautiful valley with large trees nearby. The history surrounding the Pig War is incredible and the National Park Service does a terrific job explaining it. No visit to San Juan Island would be complete without a visit to both the British and American camps.
  • Cool place to see. Liked the garden and the history. Wish more of the old structures we're still there.
  • Beautiful country meets seaside. Tells about the past when English soldiers occupied that side of the island. Nice hike up to the officers quarters.
  • Beautiful hikes and views. Visit for encampment for some cool reenactments.

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Where to stay in Friday Harbor

As a popular summer escape for residents of the Seattle area and tourists from further afield, Friday Harbor does not lack for a selection of accommodation. Most places sit in the historical downtown area. Here you'll find charming inns and bed and breakfasts, upmarket suites and spas, and more basic motels. A couple of guesthouses sit farther away from downtown. These offer more privacy, but you'll probably want to have a carĀ if you choose stay at one. If you plan to arrive in summer, book your stay as far ahead as possible.
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