say, where the heck is Hansville, Washington? Well, here's the
is a small community - it's not a city or town, or even a village - at
the north end of Kitsap County, on the west side of Puget Sound.
Many of the residents are retirees. While you can drive around to get here, most
people arrive via the ferry at Kingston. Only 23 air miles from
our farm in Snohomish, it's about a 2-3 hour journey, which helps make it a
As you can see, it's on a peninsula, and surrounded by salt
water. To the north is Whidbey Island, about 3.5 miles at its
closest. To the west, around the point of land known as
Foulweather Bluff, is the entrance to the Hood Canal - not a canal at
all, but the biggest and longest fjord in the continental
U.S. The body of water immediately to the north is called
Admiralty Inlet - it connects the central and southern Puget Sound with
the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and thence the Pacific Ocean. About
25 miles to the southeast and across the Sound is the city of Seattle.
There are 4 tides each day - 2 high and 2 low - unlike, say, places on
the east coast with only one high and one low tide. The average
tide change at Hansville is 11.44 feet, with 12 to 16 foot changes
between high and low tides common. Strong currents and tidal rips
often are present. The water is quite deep - running from about
400 feet at a mile or two off the beach to about 1000 feet deep towards
Hansville is hidden from the motorist until he crests a hill just
south of town, and drops onto the main street (not Main St.)
Hansville consists of a garage, community church,
post office and, ..........
can buy the world's true essentials: "Beer
-- Wine -- Bait" An Espresso stand that spent a
year or two in front is now thankfully gone, along with its
our only retail establishment - the Hansville Grocery
The Grocery sits adjacent to a miniscule protrusion known as Norwegian
Point. Hansville was settled by Norwegians, who had no connecting
road until relatively recent times. It was a place 'vhere' people
spoke 'Norvegian', and not English. Later, they could go to
Poulsbo for a night at the Sons of Norway Hall, and a big plate of
A long beach stretches east and west from the Grocery, allowing many
miles of hiking and beach-combing (better watch those tides!), or
summertime swimming and winter fishing.
the West is Foulweather
To the East is Point No Point
Yes! You CAN go swimming in Puget Sound!.....with Mt. Baker as a
And in the winter, the surf can come up....haven't seen any surfers yet
Point No Point, until just a few years ago, was a world reknowned
fishing mecca, with a flotilla of boats chasing the big salmon. Alas,
most of the fish and their fishermen, have disappeared, although lots
of people still wet their lines and pull in the occasional big one.
At the Point is the - duh - Pt. No Point Lighthouse
A great place to watch those big ships slide by.
The Pt. No Point Lighthouse was built in 1879 and is still a major
Pt. No Point is also the place where the "Treaty" transferring Indian
lands to the Washington Territory of the U.S.A. was signed in January
And so, now you know where Hansville is.....a place of great charm and
beauty, an agreeable climate, stunning views, and........... a somewhat
slower pace of life! Just remember what's important in
life: Beer -- Wine -- Bait.
Revised 14 Jun 2006
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Revised 11 Mar 2013