The Dungeness Ruins and Historic District is a great area to explore if you only have a few hours on the island. Dungeness mansion burned in 1959 and the ruins of this mansion still exist and are a popular destination on the island. But there is more to see in this area than just the ruins. Surrounding the ruins are many other historic buildings.
Many of them were support structures such as the carriage house and employee barracks. Others were places where the family could relax and have fun, such as a pool house and a long pergola. Take some time to explore the area. Don’t miss all the exhibit panels in the area, these tell the history of the people and places and have some neat historic photos.
And of course, the wildlife is abundant in the Dungeness area. Deer, turkey, armadillos, osprey and the feral horses can all be found in this area. Make sure you keep your distance as all of the animals are wild and you are visiting their home.
Dungeness is located one mile from the Sea Camp dock. A hike to the historic district and back is about 2.5 miles and takes about 2 hours.