Tall ships, sawmills and timber put the end of Admiralty Inlet south of Port Townsend on the map. Named after Samuel Hadlock in 1870, it had its share of boom and bust times. Surprisingly, iron and steel a foundry with an iron producing blast furnace existed for a short time starting in 1881, hence the name of nearby Irondale area. The speculative boom for the foundry caused the uptown area to grow home, business, and city infrastructure. Like many businesses it failed with the general economic crash several years later. However, you can get a sense of the era by visiting the Ajax Cafe and the Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building which are located in historic buildings from the Old West days. The current Old Alcohol Plant Inn was originally really an alcohol plant, built in 1909 and only operated for about three years. It was remodeled starting in 1978 and today is also called the Inn at Port Hadlock and Marina
Port Hadlock has several small business "districts", the Port Hadlock Marina and Old Alchol Plant Inn area, a pocket waterfront marina containing the Ajax Cafe and the Northwest Wooden Boat Building center. Located between Chimacum, Marrowstone and Indian Islands and Port Townsend, it serves locals and tourists on adventure to Fort Flager State Park or to the marinas.
Port Hadlock has the Jefferson County Library with a Story Trails Walk for young children, parks and a large marina. Port Hadlock is a small business area with a QFC food store and gas station anchoring a main intersection. There are a number of restaurants, including Ajax Cafe, Ferino's Pizza, Spruce Goose Cafe, Burger's Landing (with the airplane nose), Fiesta Jalisco Restaurant, Metro Bagels, and Spirits Bar & Gar at the Old Alcohol Plant Inn.