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Penn Cove, 1854 by John Mix Stanley
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Whidbey Island

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We too had our Plymouth, our Jamestown, our New Amsterdam settlements.

But the Juggernaut of Progress has nearly scraped the Puget Sound Country clean of any signs of its rich founding heritage. In our rush to keep up with the cosmopolitan east, we mowed down the evidence of our humble origins like a bumper crop of wheat.

Thank goodness progress passed Whidbey Island by!

Settlers may have been envisioning a western Manhattan at the entrance to the great Puget Sound, but thanks to the replacement of schooners with locomotives in the nineteenth century, Whidbey communities remained small and rural. As a result the island is home to a rich legacy of founding era buildings — homes, farms and shops from the 1850s onward.

Of all the communities on Puget Sound that got their start by 1851, only central Whidbey Island preserves both the architecture and landscape that bear witness to the first dramatic seasons of American settlement, the 1850s & 1860s.

Support or Join the preservation warriors who carry the torch in preserving Coupeville's and Whidbey's extraordinary cultural legacy - Our National Treasure.