Maritime Washington

Maritime Washington National Heritage Area

Spanning 3,000 miles of Washington State’s saltwater shoreline, the new Maritime Washington National Heritage Area recognizes our state’s unique and diverse maritime cultures. This heritage area builds partnerships and increases collaboration to support our coastal communities in celebrating, maintaining, and sharing their water-based stories.

Maritime Washington works to:

  • Build a network of cross-sector partners dedicated to advancing and honoring Washington’s maritime cultures
  • Provide support and resources for communities and Tribes working to enhance and share maritime heritage
  • Share diverse stories and increase visibility of Washington’s maritime heritage, past and present
  • Encourage sustainable experiences of maritime heritage for residents and visitors alike
  • Preserve our region’s unique maritime identity, resources, and lifeways

Want to learn more about the course ahead for Maritime Washington? Check out our Management Plan (recently approved by the Department of the Interior!) for a sneak peek of what this new National Heritage Area will look like:

Honoring Our Indigenous Peoples

We acknowledge that the Maritime Washington National Heritage Area spans the usual and accustomed lands of many tribes who play a major role in the history of our state. We honor and pay our respect to our indigenous neighbors who protect and preserve these lands and waterways, as they have since time immemorial.

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Stay in the Loop

If you’d like to stay up-to-date about Maritime Washington National Heritage Area developments, join our email list or follow the MW-NHA on social media via the links below!

Questions? Contact Washington Trust Project Manager (and Maritime Washington Captain) Alex Gradwohl at

The Maritime Washington National Heritage Area is facilitated by the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation with support from the National Park Service.