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Beyond the city limits of Port Orchard, you will find many rural communities. The greater South Kitsap population is about 85,000.

McCormick Woods is a master-planned area southwest of Port Orchard. The area features tall trees, streams, ponds, parks, trails and award-winning golf. McCormick Woods encompasses 2,400 acres of forested woodlands, 40 percent of which is set aside for open space, and wildlife abounds.

The community of South Colby on Yukon Harbor was established in the 1880s. Once a thriving lumber and mining town, a mosquito fleet stop, it is now a community of residences overlooking the Puget Sound.

Southworth, once a seaside playground for the Suquamish Tribe, became a vacation retreat in the 20th century for Seattle residents. Docks constructed to serve the mosquito fleet vessels and private boat owners before automobiles were invented in the 1920s now await the large ferries to western Seattle. There is still a grocery store operating in the original 1890s building and a small vintage post office.

Manchester—uniquely located between ferries to Bremerton, Vashon Island and western Seattle—is a charming waterfront village with spectacular views of the Seattle skyline and a public boat dock. Manchester was named in 1892 after Manchester, England. The popular Manchester State Park, once used as a harbor defense installation for Bremerton’s protection, is nearby.

Olalla means “place of many berries” from the native Chinook word olallie. Olalla Valley strawberry farms were an important source of strawberries for the Seattle markets. In its heyday, Olalla was bigger than Port Orchard. In the 1880s, it was a port of entry. Boats were built there, including the famed “Virginia V.” Today, it is a quiet hamlet with forested hills, small farms, granges and country roads.

Burley-Glenwood borders Pierce County. Burley, at the head of Henderson Bay, was established as a colony in the 1890s by the Co-operative Brotherhood. The nearby Glenwood area is named after the tiny school district that once occupied the area.

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