Fort Flagler State Park
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|Location||Jefferson County, SE of Port Townsend on Marrowstone Island|
|Nearest city||Port Townsend, Washington|
|Governing body||Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission|
|NRHP Reference #||76001882|
|Added to NRHP||May 3, 1976|
Fort Flagler was a Coast Artillery fort. It was established in 1897 and activated on in 1899. The post was named for Brigadier General Daniel Webster Flagler, an American Civil War veteran who served as the Army's Chief of Ordnance. The fort was closed in June 1953.
From Fort Flagler State Park, visitors can see Port Townsend to the northwest, the cranes at the Navy base on Indian Island to the west, and Whidbey Island eastward across Admiralty Inlet. Flagler Road (SR 116) terminates inside the park. fort flagler is knownto be haunted. visitors still report seeing soldiers roam the barracks. In decemer of 1915 a fire ravage the barracks killing 20 soldiers. In 1920 an enlisted man shot and killed an officer he was then hung near the barrack house It is reported both soldiers can still be seen. In addition achild fell off a gun turret and landed at the bottom of an elevator diying instantly. The boy can still be heard screaming.
Amenities and activities
Fort Flagler has hiking and biking trails, individual campsites suitable for cars, two group campsites, two boat launches, and several historical buildings where visitors can stay - the Hospital Steward's House, the Waterway House, and the North and South Non-Commissioned Officers' Quarters.
The park's museum features exhibits about the history of the fort. Guided tours of the historic fort buildings can be arranged in advance.
Every August, the Kamiak Show Band holds its annual "band camp," during which band members learn new music, prepare for the upcoming marching band season, and rehearse in sessions enjoyed by members of the visiting public.
Newport High School (Bellevue, Washington) also holds a cross-country camp at Fort Flagler for one week during the summer.
Eastside Catholic High School juniors and seniors take a trip to Fort Flagler for the Destiny retreat.
Seattle Girls Choir has their annual "Choir Camp" during the first weekend in August. This is a time for all three of the upper level choirs to have intensive music instruction in an environment that is fun and enjoyable
United Methodist Youth from the Seattle/Tacoma district enjoy a weekend retreat there in mid-late fall.
- Marge Mueller, Ted Mueller, Washington State Parks: A Complete Recreation Guide, 2004, page 51
- Richard E. Osborne, World War II Sites in the United States: A Tour Guide & Directory, 1996, page 278
- Washington State Adjutant General, The Official History of the Washington National Guard: Washington National Guard in World War I, 1961, page 454
- Fort Flagler State Park (Washington State Parks website)
- Daniel Webster Flagler page at arlingtoncemetery.net
- Marrowstone Point Lighthouse
- USGS Marrowstone Marine Field Station