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Heritage Center Project

WHAT GOOD CAN AN OLD HOUSE OFFER A MODERN COMMUNITY?

Washington Territorial Heritage Center

The imposing Haller House was not typical of the small cabins and saltboxes being built elsewhere on the Territory in the 1860s. Lucky thing! It is the only surviving house large enough to display interactive exhibits interpreting Washington's Territorial Period:

  • The Donation Land Law claims
  • The tumultuous Treaty Era & Indian Wars
  • The U.S.-Great Britain boundary dispute and
  • The domestic life of women and children in Coupeville before the 1870s.

Demonstration Heritage Town Garden

This educational public green space will represent the kind of town garden Whidbey's earliest settlers would have grown for their own use – both edibles and ornamental plants of the 19th century.

A proposed partnership with the Town of Coupeville would allow this garden to expand into the vacant Town lot behind the house (the Hallers' original yard), coupling public gardens with an amphitheater for public programs and allowing for a continuous green space from Front Street to Ninth Street.

Haller Mercantile & Soda Fountain

Haller's store was a fixture in Coupeville for many years, even after the Haller family left town for the big city of Seattle.

Our new mercantile store will be a 19th century shopping experience, offering heritage crafts from local artisans (pottery, textiles, woodworking), Hudson Bay Co. blankets, era-appropriate entertainments and snacks, books & maps, and a real Victorian soda fountain with sarsaparilla, egg creams and root beer floats - the treats that made the West great!