|fence surrounding the field attached to the School House property|
Oysterville is a cute little historic village on the shores of what was once called Shoalwater Bay and is now known as Willipa Bay. Oysterville was founded in 1854. The tide lands were coved with small local oysters and down the coast in San Francisco, the gold rich diners were oyster mad! The walking tour pamphlet I picked up stated, "A peach basket filled with oysters brought a dollar in gold on delivery to a schooner anchored on the tide flats in front of town. That same basket brought $10 on arrival in San Francisco, and the epicures in oyster bars and seafood restaurants there would pay a silver dollar for one oyster---an oyster smaller than the dollar!"*
The Baptist church was founded in 1892 with a donation by one of the founders of the town, R. H. Espy. It no longer serves as a working church, but I noticed that there is a Vespers service on Sunday afternoons. I wish I'd known that; I would have gone.
The homes in Oysterville are very well kept and many have lovely gardens. One home had this growing in the front yard, right along the fence. I do not remember ever seeing it before. Do you know what it is? I'd like to know.
This home was once an inn.
|tide flats in front of the village|
*"Oysterville 1854, National Historic District, Walking Tour & Map," by Sydney Stevens & Patricia Fagerland, 2006.