Manchester History

Manchester is a charming waterfront village with spectacular views of Puget Sound, a public boat dock, bike routes, shopping, and a restaurant. Manchester, a subdistrict of Port Orchard, is uniquely located between ferries to BremertonVashon Island and Fauntleroy in West Seattle and a convenient stop over when exploring the area by boat.

Manchester was established in the 1860s and was originally known as Brooklyn, after the borough in New York City. The name was changed to Manchester in 1892 in honor of the city of Manchester, England. Like many communities in Puget Sound, Manchester was originally only accessible by boat. After a permanent dock was built in 1908, regular steamboat service connected Manchester to nearby communities.