Perched on the bluff overlooking the downtown historic district, the house and its garden provide an exceptionally pleasant setting for both docents and visitors. The house manager schools new volunteers about the Rothschild family, their home and early Port Townsend. Typically, volunteers work a three-hour shift.
The Rothschild House is one of Port Townsend's oldest homes. As you enter this excellent example of Greek Revival architecture, you step into the story of one immigrant family. The merchant, Henry Rothschild, and his family seem to have left just moments ago. Original furnishings and artifacts of the family fill the house. The piano that came around Cape Horn sits in the parlor as it has for over 130 years. The dining room table is set with the family's best plates and settings.
In 1868, Port Townsend merchant D.C.H. Rothschild built this family home where it now stands. His widow Dorette remained in the house until her death in 1918, allowing only minimal changes. Her daughter, Emilie, lived in the house for nearly 78 years. The family donated the house to Washington State Parks and it was opened as a museum in 1962. Furnished with artifacts original to the house and family the Rothschild House is a surprisingly accurate reflection of our culture 100 years ago.