DescriptionIce age glaciers shaped the topography of Vashon Island, today a mosaic of woodland, small farms and communities 12 miles long and 5 miles wide. The first inhabitants were Shomamish Indians, who visited the island on hunting and gathering forays. In 1792 Capt. George Vancouver named the island for his friend James Vashon, an admiral in the British Navy. Homesteading began in the mid-19th century; farming, fishing, logging, brick making and shipbuilding flourished.
In the 1890s the town of Dockton grew up around a large dry dock. A general store, a hotel and a row of company houses date from this period. At Point Robinson, the eastern tip of adjacent Maury Island, there is beach access and a 38-foot lighthouse built in 1915. Tours of the lighthouse are offered Sundays noon-4, mid-May to mid-Sept. Other recreational opportunities include hiking, bicycling, boating, fishing, kayaking, swimming and scuba diving.
Washington State Ferries links Vashon with Southworth and Fauntleroy in West Seattle. Another route links the community of Tahlequah with Point Defiance in Tacoma. Passenger-only ferries connect the island with downtown Seattle. For schedule information phone (206) 464-6400, or (888) 808-7977 in Wash.
Visitor InfoVashon-Maury Island Chamber of Commerce 17141 Vashon Hwy. S.W. VASHON ISLAND, WA 98070. Phone:(206)463-6217
Things to SeeVashon-Maury Island Heritage Museum