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Anonymous Historic Whidbey Donor Offers $50K Matching Challenge!

Great News for Campaign to Purchase the 1866 Haller House
Incredible as it seems, Historic Whidbey has just received another $50K matching fundraising challenge from a new anonymous donor, echoing the effort of a previous campaign benefactor in 2016. As we go to print, this challenge has already inspired $28K in community donations! That leaves only $5,000 left to earn this $50K match.

Success with this match will nearly certainly put the campaign over the finish line, but we can't do the victory dance before the keys to the castle are in our hands. We need YOUR help to FINALLY realize this long cherished dream!


Acquisition is only half the battle, but it is the tougher half. Multiple high-capacity funding sources exist for public-benefit rehab projects - far more than exist for acquisition funds. These include state and federal funds as well as private foundations.

The Haller House will be a self-sustaining site, supported by office space rental on the second floor and the Haller Mercantile in the back ell. The retail shop and soda fountain will generate revenue, in addition to donations collected in the interpretive parlors.

For more information on the long-range vision of this project, click here

Catching up on the Haller House

Haller House Makeover


On this beautiful island that urban renewal forgot, our historic houses are treasure chests, containing powerful - if unknown - secrets of our inception. The 1866 Haller House can reveal those secrets - from diverse perspectives, in a myriad of ways. But we have to rescue it from the ravages of time first!

The tenacious Haller House has the spirit of Colonel Haller holding it up in defiance of 150 years of the elements, earthquakes and neglect. We at Historic Whidbey admire this indomitable spirit and are committed to insuring it stands for many, many years to come. The Colonel’s house won’t give up, and neither will we!

Historic Whidbey is happy to announce the re-launch its capital campaign to acquire and rehabilitate the 1866 Haller House as an educational site for public benefit – a "Territorial Heritage Center."

We are joined in our new campaign by the National Park Service, whose participation in the acquisition of the $375K property makes this new campaign possible. Their contribution of $110K will both purchase the waterfront parcel and place preservation easements on the house and houselot. Combined with the $100K retained from our 2016 campaign, this leaves us with $165K to raise over the next six months – a sum we will raise through the energetic pursuit of grants and private donations.

This new community heritage center will add richness and depth to historic downtown Coupeville, Ebey's Reserve, Whidbey Island, and the Washington Territory. Once restored, a supporting retail outlet and the rental of office and community space will generate the income necessary to sustain this wonderful architectural treasure into the future.

Please help Historic Whidbey & the National Park Service make this dream a reality, preserving and presenting our dramatic founding stories for generations to come.

Please feel free to contact Lynn Hyde with any questions or concerns you may have about this process. (206) 619-4427 or

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31 March 2018, Whidbey News Times published the article Campaign to buy historic Coupeville house revived.

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