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About Historic Whidbey


"Progress" moves faster than "Preservation"

Even on an island that has escaped modernity and development better than most communities, the treasures of our cultural landscape are ever at risk of obliteration. Losses of these resources can degrade the character of town and landscape, so vigilant stewardship is a never-ending concern.

Historic Whidbey is Whidbey Island’s first historic preservation advocacy group, founded in 2013 by residents concerned with the pressures of development on the island’s historic resources. We are preservationists, architects, historians and educators with a common mission—preserving historic places and the important stories they hold.

Historic Whidbey is a Washington State nonprofit corporation and has been approved for 501(c)(3) designation by the Internal Revenue Service. All contributions to Historic Whidbey tax deductible where allowed by law.

Our inaugural campaign is to acquire and restore the 1866 Col. Granville Haller House in downtown Coupeville, the heart of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve. As a contributing structure on the Reserve, the house is included in the Central Whidbey National Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places.

In addition to the rich architectural history of the house itself, the dramatic military career of Col. Haller makes the house the perfect setting for interpreting the sometimes troubling history of Manifest Destiny—American westward expansion—as part of the American story.

Please take a moment to learn about the significance of the house and its builder, and join us in the resurrection of one of Washington’s Most Endangered Properties of 2013.