Oysterville is a 19th-century waterfront village, with houses set in gardens or surrounded by greenswards. Signs posted on the fence of each building tell when it was built and who lived in it. You can tour the restored Oysterville Church (pick up a free historical map here), a schoolhouse, a tannery, and the home of the mayor. The town, established in 1854, got out of the oyster business after a decline in the late
19th century. Although the native shellfish were harvested to extinction, they have been successfully replaced with the Pacific oyster, a Japanese variety that has become thoroughly naturalized.