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Fort Casey Inn, circa 1909, is former Non-Commissioned Officers’ Quarters that has been restored. It was built for the active defensive installation of Fort Casey, which neighbors the Inn.

Fort Casey was one of three defense forts at the entrance of Admiralty Inlet, joining Fort Flagler and Fort Worden. The fort, activated in 1900, was named for Brig. General Thomas Lincoln Casey, Chief of Engineers, U.S. Army.

By 1908 Fort Casey was in full operation and ranked as the fourth largest military post in the state, having a staff of ten officers and 428 men. The big guns at the fort were first fired on September 11, 1901.

Fort Casey Inn was acquired by a private owner in 1956 from the U.S. Government at a public auction, and was opened to guests. The previous owners have lovingly restored the Inn. These unique Georgian Revival-style homes are decorated with patriotic memorabilia and antiques that fill the Inn’s rooms with history and nostalgia. The Fort Casey Inn was purchased in 2001 by Seattle Pacific University. Seattle Pacific owns and operates Camp Casey Conference Center, long time neighbor to the Inn.

The Inn is located next door to Fort Casey State Park with its bunkers, lighthouse, 10-inch disappearing guns, public beaches and trails. Spectacular views of the Straits of Juan de Fuca, Olympic Mountains, Cascade Mountains, and the San Juan Islands are in walking distance.

The Inn also overlooks Crockett Lake, which is a natural bird sanctuary and Admiralty Bay on Puget Sound.

Guests can spend time browsing throughout the shops of historic Coupeville, located five minutes away by car or take the Port Townsend/Keystone Ferry (.9 miles from the Inn) to the wonderful shops and ambiance of the Port Townsend community.

Garrison hall is available for weddings, seminars and retreats. Information packets are available.

Each two bedroom house, has a living area, upstairs bath and farm kitchen accommodations. Guests have access to the following:

  • Picnic tables
  • Fixed charcoal outdoor grill
  • Outdoor heated pool (June- August)
  • Hiking trails
  • Beach

The inviting row of Fort Casey Inn cottages together sleep up to 45.

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At the turn of the 20th century, the U.S. Army opened a newly built fort that was to guard the entrance to Puget Sound. Located on Whidbey Island, the fort was named “Fort Casey” in honor of Brigadier General Thomas Lincoln Casey, the last U.S. Army chief of engineers. Fort Casey became part of the “triangle of fire,” along with Fort Worden and Fort Flagler, and its big guns were first fired on September 11, 1901. Within 20 years, Fort Casey was the fourth largest military post in Washington, housing 10 officers and 428 enlisted men.

The Army used the fortification until World War II and, when Fort Casey was decommissioned in the 1950s, Seattle Pacific University became the property’s owner — updating and renovating the buildings for groups like yours. Today, SPU continues to welcome school groups, churches, nonprofit organizations, and outdoor education classes to this remarkable historical site.

Known as “Camp Casey” by its many returning visitors, Camp Casey Conference Center continues to offer groups like yours the ideal place to reflect, excel, discover, and grow.

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Fort Casey State Park is located on Whidbey Island in Washington state. Admiralty Inlet was considered so strategic to the defense of Puget Sound in the 1890s that three forts, Fort Casey on Whidbey Island, Fort Flagler on Marrowstone Island, and Fort Worden at Port Townsend, were built at the entrance with huge guns creating a “Triangle of Fire.” This military strategy was built on the theory that the three fortresses would thwart any invasion attempt by sea.
Fort Casey is now a 467 acres (1.89 km2) marine camping park. The Admiralty Head Lighthouse is located in the state park.

Three miles of the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail wrap around the park.

Designed as part of the massive modernization program of U.S. seacoast fortifications initiated by the Endicott Board, construction on Fort Casey began in 1897. In 1901, her big guns on disappearing carriages, which could be raised out of their protective emplacements so that the guns were exposed only long enough to fire, became active.

However, the fort’s batteries became obsolete almost as soon as their construction was completed. The invention of the airplane in 1903, and the subsequent development of military aircraft made the fort vulnerable to air attack.

In addition, the development of battleships designed with increasingly accurate weaponry transformed the static strategies of the nineteenth century into the more mobile attack systems of the twentieth century.

Most of Fort Casey’s guns and mortars were removed and sent to Europe and the Pacific during World War I, where they were mounted on railcars to serve as mobile heavy artillery.

Currently, Battery Worth has two 10″ guns with disappearing carriages on display and Battery Trevor has two 3″ rapid fire pedestal guns on display.


Check in time is at 3:00pm. Checkout time, 11 a.m.
A self-check in can easily be arranged.

Cancellation Policy for 3 or less units: We will hold reservations with a credit card number. To cancel or change reservations without penalty, please call toll-free, during business hours no later than 10 days prior to your scheduled arrival date. If proper cancellation notice is not given and/or you do not arrive to use this reservation, the Fort Casey Inn reserves the right to charge the cost of the total lodging reserved to your credit card. Please also note that this policy is not revoked due to inclement weather or ferry cancellations.

Contact us for block bookings (4 or more units) directly.

* No Smoking allowed inside any house or within 25 feet of any house,including Garrison Hall.
* No Pets.

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