Walker-Ames House

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Port Gamble was founded in 1853 by Maine businessmen Pope and Talbot. They established a saw mill in 1853 that ran until 1995 making it the longest running saw mill in U.S. history. The town of Port Gamble has always been and still is a company-owned town and is one of Washington State’s top tourist destinations.

Home to what is arguably the most haunted building in Washington State, the Walker-Ames house in Port Gamble has become a local hotspot for paranormal groups, psychics and investigators.

Anyone who has wandered the streets after dark, explored the Buena Vista cemetery, or participated in a ghost walk or investigation does not need to stay long to know that Port Gamble is a haven for paranormal activity.

With recorded evidence going back as early as the 1950’s, there are stories from nearly every building in town.

The Walker-Ames has been featured on A&E’s “My Ghost Story” and Port Gamble has been the setting for ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction, New York Times Best Selling Author Gregg Olsen’s young adult Empty Coffin series, as well as the currently in production psychological thriller Squatter.

(Submitted by Pete Orbea)

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Geographic Information

32340 Rainier Ave NE
Port Gamble, WA
United States

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47.855309197567585, -122.5837106108338
Kitsap County, Washington
Nearest Towns:
Lofall, WA (4.6 mi.)
Hansville, WA (4.6 mi.)
Kingston, WA (5.6 mi.)
Port Ludlow, WA (6.7 mi.)
Indianola, WA (8.0 mi.)
Suquamish, WA (8.7 mi.)
Poulsbo, WA (8.7 mi.)
Edmonds, WA (10.1 mi.)
Woodway, WA (10.2 mi.)
Keyport, WA (10.7 mi.)


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  1. I’ve been in this house on a pitiful “ghost walk” in 2014. If it’s haunted, you’d never know it after going on that tour. It’s old, rotting, smelly, and depressing, and you can’t get inside it without going on an overly-long, boringly verbose – and expensive – guided tour with an employee of Pope Industries. I think the “haunted” story was started in order to elicit interest in yet another potential money-making opportunity for Pope & Co.

    • Kristi, I am sorry that you feel that way about the Ghost Walk Tour you attended. We pride ourselves on providing a fun and educational tour of historic Port Gamble and highlighting it’s haunting. Sometimes nothing “happens” on the tour just as much as something does “happen” in regards to the paranormal. We have to charge for the tour to pay for the staff member’s time. I encourage you to give it a second chance and take another tour.
      Thank you kindly,

      • is there a way to set up an investigation? a friend and i would really like to start a project and were thinking about investigating multiple places around port gamble and port townsend. we would like to make an entire series about the pacific northwest. is there a way to rent it for a night at a resonable price and you could use our investigation video? maybe it will bring some business into some “haunted” businesses in the area 🙂

  2. My niece went to the house last night. She did not get to go in the house, but she took a picture of the outside. She looked back at her photo and noticed something/someone strange in the left window…

  3. Neil Galosich  |  

    what do I have to do to get permission to investigate the walker-ames house I have some friends and I that have been investigation a few things and just wondered what we have to do so we get permission to investigate this place in poulsbo

  4. Anyone that deems this location to be not haunted has obviously never given it a proper investigation. My team and I spent 6 hours inside back in June and I’ve yet to capture more activity anywhere else. Despite not having a dramatic history, it has no shortage of unexplainable occurrences. We felt a thick heaviness in the attic, were physically touched, had great success with our REM-Pod, witnessed an untouched toy be played with and walked away with several remarkable EVP’s to boot. I can’t recommend the Walker Ames House enough to any aspiring ghost hunter. A night inside won’t disappoint.

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