The Curry Coastal Pilot

SIXES - Victorian splendor in grand holiday style is presented at the annual Christmas opening of the historic Hughes House in Cape Blanco State Park north of Port Orford.

Visitors will get a chance to peruse the Victorian farmhouse, built for pioneers Patrick and Jane Hughes, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today (Dec. 15) and continuing Sunday, Dec. 16, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 22 and 23, and Wednesday, Dec. 26.

The 3,000 square-foot, 11-room ranch home, constructed of old growth Port Orford cedar, will be decorated by various community organizations. Each year, there is a theme to follow, and careful protections for the historic fabric of the house are observed. The theme this year is "St. Nicholas." He is depicted on countless Victorian art objects of the period from 1898, when the house was constructed, through 1923, the death of matriarch Jane Hughes.

Homemade cookies and hot spiced cider are available and the gift shop will be open.

Entry to the Hughes House is by donation.The Cape Blanco Lighthouse, one mile up the road, will be open for tours as well (sans decorations) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting. A $2 fee is charged for adults and young persons 16 and older who climb to the lantern room.