The Rothschild House, Port Townsend

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The Rothschild House is a house in Port Townsend, Washington. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970. It is included in Port Townsend Historic District which was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1977. It was built by D. C. H. Rothschild.The house is managed by the Jefferson County Historical Society as a historic house museum.The life of D. C. H. RothschildEarly business venturesDavid Charles Henry Rothschild was one of seven siblings from Sulzbach am Main, Bavaria. He came to the United States in the mid 1840s. His brother, William, nearly 15 years older, had preceded him to America and settled in Harrodsburg, Kentucky where he had an establishment called "The Kentucky Store". He joined his brother in this venture but, in 1848, he returned to Sulzbach for three months, then returned to America by way of Cape Horn, to San Francisco. There, he served as secretary of the Phoenix Quartz Mining Company and worked for both the Tehama Quartz Mining Company and the North California Mining Company. Later, he and a partner opened a store in Nevada City but sold out the following year, going first to New York and then back to Bavaria. A year later, he was back in Nevada City, and opened another store.TravelsAfter operating his latest store for a year, he decided to travel to "exotic" places for the next three years, visiting China, the East Indies, Australia, Tahiti, and the Society Islands. He returned to San Francisco to be a miner for six months, then opened a tobacco and cigar store in Sacramento. It was there that he married. He chose to raise his family in Port Townsend, where he settled with his wife Dorette (also from Bavaria). Over time, he came to be known as "The Baron"; a reference to the famous Rothschild banking family.
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  • A small but beautifully presented museum that evokes the history of Port Townsend and one family. Perfectly sealed in a time capsule, this small museum tells the tale of the Rothschild family. Friendl...  more »
  • A great quick visit into the pages of history, enjoy! Locals volunteer to man the place with a lot of historical antiques.  more »
  • The Rothschild house is extremely interesting. It's not the NY Rothschilds you might be familiar with. It's a rather small house in uptown Port Townsend that's full of local history. The tours are sel...  more »
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  • I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed my visit! It's small, but there is a lot of detailed information on display and the woman working at the time gave us a thorough overview before setting us loose on the house. FYI: it was 75 and sunny out but inside it was FREEZING.
  • Interesting to learn the history of the family. I enjoyed seeing how everything was kept just as it was when the family lived there.
  • Interesting history, a look back at life in the early 20th century.
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