One of my favorite locations for photo-shoots is in Manchester State Park located in Port Orchard, Washington. I just recently saw beautiful photographs from people who had their wedding on this location. This sparked an idea to write a blog about this location. I previously wrote about this location in the blog The Best Locations! In this blog post, I wrote a brief description of the park and included a couple photos from previous photo-shoots.
Manchester State Park is a 111 acre camping park with 3.4000 feet of saltwater shoreline. The park is covered in woods of fir and maple. Bainbridge Island and Seattle are visible from the beach. the park also features Calvinwood Lodge, perfect for weddings, reunions and group meetings. The lodge is 13 miles south of the State Park and is set in a secluded forest with several small lakes.
The park was once a Coast Artillery Corps in the early 1900s. The fort, called Middle Point, was intended to defend the Puget Sound from enemy watercraft. Middle Point’s primary mission was to protect the Bremerton shipyard. The fort was shut down soon in 1910 when leadership decided that the defenses at Fort Ward were adequate.
Several of the structures remain from the park’s era as a coastal defense fort. A large brick torpedo storehouse is the central feature of the park’s day-use area. The structure served as holding underwater mines. The storehouse was later used as an officer’s club, barracks and mess hall.
Battery Mitchell lies along the park’s shoreline. The concrete structure was completed but never fitted with the pair of rapid-fire guns it was built for. The building was named after Lieutenant Robert B. Mitchell who served with the Artillery Corps in the Philippine-American and died in 1904.
If you are interested in learning more about the park and how to make reservations, visit the State Park website. If you have been here, I would love to see your photos. I would also like to hear from you and some of your favorite venues. Please email, comment below, or shoot me a private message on Facebook.