We extend you a warm and friendly welcome to Coupeville in the heart of Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve!
In 1792, Captain George Vancouver sailed the HMS Discovery into Puget Sound. His first mate, Joseph Whidbey then . . . — — Map (db m179345) HM
In 1968, a seemingly simple zoning request kicked off a fight over the future of Central Whidbey Island.
When proposed development threatened to cut off access to a beloved beach and replace the heritage farmland you see today with subdivided . . . — — Map (db m196842) HM
Humans have been part of this landscape for at least 10,000 years. By the time European explorers entered the Salish Sea in the late 1700s, the Lower Skagit people had [utilized] Whidbey Island for millenia, living in mobile and established . . . — — Map (db m179286) HM
Under the provisions of the National
Historic Preservation Act of
October 15, 1966, this property
possesses exceptional value in
commemorating, or illustrating
Placed on the National Register on
Dec. 12, 1973 by . . . — — Map (db m179278) HM
In honor of the founder
of Island County and his wife
Col. Isaac Neff Ebey – Rebecca Whitey Ebey
1818 – 1857 1822-1858
Whidbey Island’s first permanent settler 1850.
Proposed the separation of Island County from Thurston County . . . — — Map (db m61038) HM
On May 28, 1840 Father Francois Norbert Blanchet came to Ebey's Landing, from his Cowlitz Mission. The visit was in answer to a request by Chief Tslalakum to come and teach his people the new religion.
He was received with great joy by the . . . — — Map (db m179284) HM
This Douglas Fir is about
700 years old. It would,
therefore, have been a
sapling about 200 years before
Columbus discovered America.
Restored October 1986
This slab was found near Perrigo's Lake in the early 1930's . . . — — Map (db m179324) HM
You are standing in the nation's first historical reserve, a unique unit of the National Park Service.
The Reserve was originally championed by a group of concerned residents in the 1970s when Ebey's Prairie was subdivided for large-scale . . . — — Map (db m179320) HM
Ebey's Landing, the nation's first National Historical Reserve, was established by Congress in 1978 "in order to preserve a rural community which provides an unbroken historical record from nineteenth century exploration and settlement in Puget . . . — — Map (db m179349) HM
Places to visit
1 Island County Museum
908 NW Alexander Street
The Island County Museum features local and regional history. Ice Age relics, woolly mammoth remains, a Native American collection that includes . . . — — Map (db m179321) HM
A Glimpse In Time
Like the majority of the coastal forts built in the United States, Fort Casey never fired its guns in warfare.
Fort Casey is one of three coastal forts constructed in the late 1890s to defend the entrance to Puget Sound . . . — — Map (db m61063) HM
Penn Cove and Coupeville are home to the Schooner SUVA, during sailing season. See her moored at the historic wharf.
A FAMILY YACHT
In 1925, Frank J. Pratt Jr. had SUVA built in Hong Kong. Her old growth Burmese Teak hull and . . . — — Map (db m179319) HM
...came to Whidbey Island in 1895 as a young lawyer and stayed, having been struck with a life-long love of its beauty. Served as Island County Prosecuting Attorney 1896-1907, and Superior Court Judge for Clallam, Island, and Jefferson Counties . . . — — Map (db m179283) HM
The Alexander Block house is one of four blockhouses remaining in Central Whidbey Island. Few original blockhouses of this type remain throughout the United States. John Alexander, Sr. built this blockhouse on his donation land claim . . . — — Map (db m60986) HM
Left side of marker is written in Gaelic and right side is in English
Died here. April, 9 AD 1861
One year ten and twenty
(years) of age
Born at Mineth, Ireland
Gentle wife (of) Sam’l Maylor
They married in Liverpool
At the . . . — — Map (db m60979) HM
From the end of the Lake Ozette Road, 2 trails lead to the ocean beaches. One, the Indian Village Trail, leads to the site of an abandoned Ozette Indian village at Cape Alava. For over 2000 years, Cape Alava was home to the Makah Indians. . . . — — Map (db m179353) HM
“I bought a small old fashion coffee roaster and I plan to roast my own coffee. Front Street will never smell the same!”
– Jim Stewart 1969
Jim and Dave Stewart, coffee pioneers and founders of Seattle’s Best Coffee, . . . — — Map (db m60942) HM
In 1921 a local civic group, the Ladies of the Round Table (LORT) began a ten year effort to restore the decaying Davis Blockhouse. Local carpenter Fred Krueger handled the project carefully replacing rotting beams while . . . — — Map (db m60991) HM
Donation claim of Jacob Ebey.
Served in War of 1812, the Black Hawk War and the Mexican War.
When 61 yrs old led company across plains with covered wagons.
Settled on Whidbey Island and built this home, four blockhouses and stockade in 1856 . . . — — Map (db m60977) HM
Sudden Indian attacks at Seattle and Bellingham in 1855 caused consternation among the small pioneering settlements on Puget Sound. The tradition of blockhouse defense was well known to American settlers, dating from the earliest English colonies. . . . — — Map (db m61040) HM
Ferryboats have been active on Puget Sound since January 1, 1889. The City of Seattle offered the first scheduled service between Seattle and West Seattle; a bargain at 5 cents per passenger!
The Washington State Ferry System traces . . . — — Map (db m179348) HM
The Coupeville Wharf was built in 1905 in response to the increased economic, military and social activities in the area, and was one of several that supported the busy shipping commerce to and from Whidbey Island.
In the late 1800s, sailing . . . — — Map (db m179287) HM
Died in Service
Harvey Baker · Camano • Glenn E. Muzzall · San de Fuca
Ernest Knowles · Crescent Harbor • George B. Morris · Smith's Prairie
Math. L. English · Fort Casey • Harry Nourse · Maxwelton
Harry Burton · Langley • . . . — — Map (db m179280) WM
The cottage was actually built as two separate buildings. The eastern half was built as a law office for James Zylstra. The western half was added and the building became the medical office for Dr. Chas. White. In 1998 Rev. Barry Burton & Capt. Mike . . . — — Map (db m61037) HM