Mansion

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“June 4, 1891 – M. F. Hamilton commenced to break ground for his new residence”
– from The Quilcene Queen (local Quilcene newspaper of the period)

Built from 1891-1892, the residence was originally a spectacular 17-room, 3 story mansard-style Victorian mansion built by Millard Fillmore Hamilton, who came to Quilcene in the 1880’s. With his business partner Squire McArdle, he platted the original Quilcene townsite.
Legend has it that Mr. Hamilton purchased the original 80 acres from the Native American widow of Joe White in 1883 for the going rate of $1/acre.

In the economic depression of the late 1890’s the Hamilton family lost the home. It sat vacant for several years until purchased by WJ Worthington and his wife, Grace, in 1907.

The top floor was removed due to water and wind damage in 1934 and a gabled roof was installed. It is still known as the Worthington residence and until her 2012 passing was the private home of Eileen Worthington.

Read more: The Mansion in Historical Mentions

 

Quilcene's Worthington Mansion through time in vintage photos

Quilcene’s Worthington Mansion through time in vintage photos

The residence is the only example of a Victorian residence of this scale in rural Jefferson County. It urgently needs structural reinforcing, cosmetic updates, wiring and plumbing work. Community-wide support will be crucial for in-kind services, products, and labor. The museum seeks local craftspeople from Jefferson County and period furnishings for the mansion.

Tree trimming to remove hazards and let in light

Tree trimming to remove hazards and let in light at rear of house

Worthington Mansion in 2011 at start of preservation efforts

Front of Worthington Mansion in 2011 at start of preservation efforts

Side entrance with original woodwork and Victorian trim

West side entrance with original woodwork and Victorian trim

Grace, Ellen, and baby Kenneth Worthington circa 1909 in the side entrance porch, Worthington Mansion.

Grace, Ellen, and baby Kenneth Worthington circa 1909 at the West side entrance porch in vintage family photo.

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