Marrowstone Island is named after Marrowstone Point and was named by Captain George Vancouver in 1792. Its seven miles in length and half mile wide hosts the 1,451 acre Fort Flager State Park, Fort Flager was built in the 1890's and is part of the "Triangle of Fire". It was active during WWI, WWII and the Korean War and closed as a military property in 1953. Norwegian immigrants settled the island in 1889. An example of the craftsmanship of early settlers is the Nelson House, built by Tollef Sole.
Marrowstone Island is southeast of Port Townsend and connected by a new bridge to Indian Island, which is connected by bridge to the rest of the Quimper Peninsula. Marrowstone has several parks, sweeping views of Mt Rainer, Mt Baker, the Cascades and the San Juan Islands. Norland is a tiny community on Marrowstone Island, home to a post office and a historic general store which burned recently. Farmland, woods, and wetlands provide ample opportunity for birdwatching, and the beaches are great for oysters, clams, mussels and fishing during their open seasons.
Marrowstone has the popular Fort Flager State Park with beautiful beaches, housing rentals in historic buildings, a campground, boat launch and plenty of trails and bunkers to explore. Mystery Bay Marine State Park has and 18 acres day use park, campsite and a great anchorage and dock for boaters. Marrowstone hosts a Strawberry Festival, and a Memorial Day weekend Tractor Parade,. Marrowstone Vineyards is a popular winery, and the Beachcomber's Cafe will fix you up a lunch and ice cream. Plum Nelli's has apples in the fall and is a great place to watch a sunset. Mystery Bay Farmstead offers cheese, yogurt and cajeta through a number of the local Chimacum Corner Farmstand, the Port Townsend Food Co-op and Finnriver Farms' CSA. You can also find pottery at Marrowstone Pottery