Camp Casey Open House Set for June 14

Camp Casey Open House Set for June 14

Seattle Pacific University (SPU) invites the public to visit the Camp Casey Conference Center on Friday, June 14.  The event is at our very own historic military fort built at the turn of the 20th century. The event will run from 12 noon to 4 p.m. and is Flag Day.  Camp Casey is a great place to celebrate the adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the official U.S. flag.

Explore Camp Casey at the open house through:

  • Free admission to the Sea Lab, a marine biology teaching facility;
  • Tours of the barracks and mess hall, with complimentary snacks and coffee;
  • Tours of the Fort Casey Inn, a row of cottages formerly used as officer’s housing just before World War I;
  • Lectures on the history of Fort Casey led by SPU Professor Emeritus of History Bill Woodward at 12 noon. and 2 p.m.;
  • Guided walking tours of Fort Casey State Park and gun batteries at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., also led by Professor Woodward;
  • Guided tours of the Colonel’s House, the most iconic building on the property, led by Steven Koblyk at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.; and
  • Self-guided tours of Admiralty Head Lighthouse and the gun batteries at nearby Fort Casey State Park from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Camp Casey, originally known as Fort Casey, was built in 1890 by the U.S. military. Within 20 years it was the fourth largest military post in Washington, housing 10 officers and 428 enlisted men. Fort Casey was decommissioned after World War II, and SPU purchased the property in 1956. Today the historic buildings, sports fields and beautiful grounds are a popular destination for camps, retreats, reunions, and workshops. For more information, and to inquire about reserving Camp Casey Conference Center, visit https://casey.spu.edu/ or call (360) 678-5050.