Three Enlightening Historical Spots to Visit in the San Juan Islands

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The San Juan Islands are not just a prime spot for nature views and kayaking. They are also home to a few intriguing historical spots that have been preserved for inquisitive visitors. Here are three that history buffs may want to see.

English Camp

The first spot on the list is a remnant of the joint U.S./British occupation of San Juan Island. Here you’ll find pleasant nature hiking trails, a garden, and structures formerly inhabited by the British Royal Marines.

American Camp

Similar to the first spot, San Juan Island’s American Camp is a landmark commemorating the American military presence on the island. Many years ago, tensions between the British and the Americans almost culminated in a “Pig War” before the situation was resolved. You’ll find historical enrichment and encounters with the local wildlife here.

San Juan Historical Museum

This collection of historical artifacts is housed inside an 18th-century farm. You’ll witness curious sights such as the island’s first county jail, an old log cabin, and a milk house. You’ll also see preserved documents that tell the story of the people who built society on San Juan Island. Come during the summer and you may even see a concert by local artists.

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