Pennies for Preservation – Coupeville Wharf


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The Pennies for Preservation Coupeville Wharf Fund did very well in 2017. 

Sincere thanks to the people and companies who gave tax deductible donations to the fund throughout 2017. As Coupeville Wharf stewards you have helped boost the preservation and restoration possibilities of the iconic Coupeville Wharf.

We look forward to a great 2018, with love of preservation for historic Coupeville and our Wharf.

Photo Credit: Whidbey Panorama’s by Denis Hill

Each year the Wharf requires annual maintenance, repairs from storms, and upgrades that are necessary and costly. The annual budget of the Port of Coupeville is stretched each year by any number of repair needs, general maintenance and upgrades. Wharf Fund donations make a vital difference. 

The 110 year old wharf building,  and her 134 pilings is currently in need of piling repairs, piling caps, a fire suppression system, dredging, and a list of misc maintenance, safety and improvement needs, severely stretching the annual budget of the Coupeville Port. 

Make an end of year tax deductible donation today

One of the most photographed and loved historic buildings in Washington, the Coupeville Wharf sits in Penn Cove within the Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve on the central eastern side of Whidbey Island. Flanked by the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Salish Sea Coupeville and the wharf can often be battered by weather.

Photo Credit: Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association

A star of Pacific Northwest history, the entry to the wharf is located at the foot of both Front and North Alexander streets in the historic Coupeville catchment.

The 1905 wharf (Coupeville’s fourth) was built longer and wider than its previous incarnations by a group of local farmers and merchants who wanted to better accommodate their transportation and commerce needs during daily low tides. The wharf extends 500 feet directly into Penn Cove.

Photo Credit: Island County Historical Society Archives and Museum

Above: Roberson Wharf (left) was located next to what is now Toby’s Tavern building. Photo Credit: Island County Historical Society Archives and Museum – Janet Enzmann Archives Collection 

Relying on boats for goods and travel the current Coupeville wharf, and other wharfs no longer standing along the Coupeville shore(pictured above and below), connected central and north Whidbey to Seattle, Everett, and ports beyond. The famous “mosquito fleet” came in and departed from the wharf until 1937 when the Deception Pass bridge was built.

Above: Roberson Wharf Island County Historical Society Archives and Museum – Janet Enzmann Archives Collection 

With views of Mount Baker, the Salish Sea and the Cascade Range, the Wharf is listed within Coupeville’s Historic District (est. 1973) in the United States Library of Congress National Register for Historic Places, and with the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation.

Photo Credit: Craig Sullivan. Facing West from over penn Cove. Coupeville wharf in forground. Image shot over central Whidbey, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, to the Olympic national park range of Mountains 
Photo Credit – Island County Sheriff’s Department.

The Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association is a registered National Main Street and Washington State Main Street not-for-profit. The mission of the Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association is to strengthen, promote and maintain our historic district.

The Pennies for Preservation (P4P) Wharf Fund was created by the Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association, in 2014 as a way for all Whidbey residents, former residents and visitors to support the Coupeville Wharf’s preservation. The Coupeville Chamber of Commerce and Penn Cove Sailing partner with the Historic Waterfront in sharing the program with even wider circles and resources.

Make an end of year Wharf Fund tax deductible donation to the P4P Wharf Fund today



Visit our Walking Tour page for more about the area surrounding the Wharf



Visit our Island County 4-H AV Project built history site with an interactive image.

Just click on a building on the interactive image and you’ll be transported through that Coupeville building’s history.  Our thanks to the Island County 4-H Audio Visual project for researching and building the Coupeville History site. 



Visit the online bookstore of the Island County Historical Society Archives and Museum for a selection of books on Whidbey and Coupeville history. Or visit the store in the museum at 908 Alexander Street, Coupeville. Hours: Monday thru Saturday 10am to 4pm and Sunday’s 11am to 4pm.  


Island County Human Services Supports Friends and Neighbors


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Every year the Historic Waterfront Association organizes our Island County Community Care Team to gather everyday items for distribution to local seniors, disabled adults and children throughout the year. All items go directly to Island County Human Services so our county case managers and social workers can distribute to those in critical need.

From November through Dec. 19th bring your donated items to the CHWA office located at 6 Coveland. The office entry is located down the steps (to the right) of Balance Body Works.


IF the office is closed put your donations in the box outside the office door. If you’re donating something other than supplies (cash or gift cards) please email or call our Executive Director Vickie Chambers to arrange for a drop off or pick up. 360-222-3696


RAINBOW OVER WHARF Photo Credit: Whidbey Panorama’s Denis Hill


No used toiletries or personal hygiene items or damaged or stained textiles


Blankets/sleeping bags

Toilet paper

Kids tooth brushes/tooth paste

Diaper wipes

Grocery store gift cards (Red Apple or Safeway)

Gas gift cards

Laundry soap

New socks (men’s crew/womens)**greatly needed

New Underwear (mens and womens)

Paper towels/kleenex

Adult wipes

Cotton balls/Q-tips


Bath towels/wash clothes

Quarters for laundry

Coffee cards/ fast food gift cards

Adult tooth brushes

Sweat pants and tops/men and women

Razors(male and female)

Plastic silverware/cups

Flashlights/batteries     Tents

Ziplock bags

Lg. garbage bags

Dog food/cat food/bird food

Adult depends size lg

Femine products

Clorox wipes

Hand and feet warmers 

Red Ticket 2017 is bigger than ever!


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Shopping Local isn’t a fad it’s the bread and butter of Coupeville.  

Show your love for Coupeville by doing business with local businesses.

Local business owners are our neighbors, our family members and our friends and they keep Coupeville strong.

Every 20.00 spent at participating merchants, restaurants and services gets you a chance to win big at the 1pm Red Ticket Drawing on Dec 24th in front of the Island County Historical Museum at 908 Alexander St. in Coupeville.  map

Bayleaf owner Beth Kuchynka, right, announces the winners of the $1,000 Red Ticket drawing, Teo Keilwitz and his mom, Janie, of Coupeville. The Keilwitzes donated half of the cash award to the Gifts from the Heart food bank. The raffle prize was a reward for people who patronized downtown businesses during the 2011 holiday season. 2011 Photo and Caption: Kasia Pierzga / The Whidbey Examiner

YOU or a family member or friend MUST be present with the winning ticket stub to claim the winnings.  IF you’re unable to be there you can donate your tickets at place of purchase to their chosen Central Whidbey Non-Profit. Rain, shine or snow the drawing ALWAYS takes place. 

A majority of participating merchants have gift cards you can purchase. Some participants will ship your purchases, inquire with them though the contact numbers below.  



A Touch of Dutch – 360-678-7729 – 11 Front St NW. – Dutch Foods, Candy, Ceramics, Lace Curtin Specialists. Gift Certificates YES! WILL SHIP YOUR PURCHASES


aqua-david-sternAqua Gifts – 360-678-0664 – 2 Front St. – House wears, gifts, shoes, soaps, candles and much more for all ages.  Perfect for women and men, girls and boys. Gift Certificates YES


back-to-the-island-david-sternBack to the Island – 360-678-6860 – 9B Front St NW – Clothes, gifts, souvenirs, and much MORE.  LOTS of SEAHAWKS.  Gift Certificates YES


balance-bodyworks-david-sternBalanced Bodyworks – 360-630-0911 – 6 NW Coveland St. – Health and wellness.  Massage. Specializes in Massage Therapy in treating back and neck problems due to excessive muscle tightness and Trigger Points. Gift Certificates YES


bayleaf-david-sternBayleaf – 360-678-6603 – 101 NW Coveland St. – Wine, groceries, sweets, delicatessen, cheeses, cured meats, specialty items. Holiday gourmet baskets, wine clubs, catering, specialists in Paella for groups. Gift Certificates YES


christophers-david-sternChristopher’s on Whidbey – 360-678-5480 – 103 NW Coveland St. – Over 30 years of pleasing meals for locals and visitors, featuring fresh, creative, northwest cuisine (fish, meat, vegetarian, local and regional produce) and a variety of local wines. Gift Certificates YES


 collections-david-sternCollections Boutique -360-678-2100 -24 Front St. – Variety of clothing lines — Tribal, Habitat, Pure, Cutloose, Lysse, Lissett, Nomadic Traders, Picadilly, Adam Jacobs – and more.  Jewelry, accessories and baby gifts. Gift Certificates YES


coupeville-auto-david-sternCoupeville Auto Repair -360-678-1746 -105 NW Coveland St. – Car repair and services.  Gas station. Gift Certificates YES


13404020_1188044024563576_7264900700060657803_oCoupeville Chamber of Commerce – 360-675-5434, 905 Alexander St. – Business organization.  Visitors Center is located at 905 Alexander St.

Photo Credit Coupeville Chamber of Commerce


a-need-new-pic-closed-sign-elkhornElkhorn Trading Company -360-678-2250 -15 Front St. – Antiques Bygone Junk & Jewels. Furniture, fishing rods & lures, watches, clocks, coins & silver jewelry, hollow and flatware. Buy Sell Trade. Estate services.  Gift Certificates YES


front-street-grill-david-sternFront Street Grill -360-682-2551 -20 Front St. – Wonderful meals, lunch and dinner. Breakfast on weekends. Catering, wine, full bar, seafood, local mussels, burgers, specials and desserts with a water view. Gift Certificates YES


front-street-reality-david-sternFront Street Realty -360-678-6100 -22 Front St. – Full service real estate services.  Long standing, well respected community member Janet Burchfield will make sure all your needs are met.


a-need-new-pic-harbor-giftsHarbor Gifts and Kayak Rental -360-678-3625 – 26 Front St. – ON the Wharf. Clothes, gifts, souvenirs, and much MORE.  Plus a beautiful stroll out to the Wharf building.   We love our wharf.


museum-david-sternIsland County Historical Society Archives and Museum – 360-678-3310 – 908 NW Alexander St. – Island County archives (available for study by appointment) and museum.  Gift Certificates YES


knead-and-feed-david-stern-2Knead and Feed – 360-678-5431 – 4 Front. St. – Breakfast and lunch.  Cafe’ cuisine, baked goods cooked on site, coffee, waterside dinning.  Gift Certificates YES


lavender-wind-david-sternLavender Wind  – 360-544-4132 – 15 Coveland St. – Locally grown lavender products from Whidbey’s largest lavender farm.  Handmade products: oils, soaps, spice blends, teas, baked goods, gifts. Gift Certificates YES – SHIPPING YES



One More Thing – 360-678-1894 – 13 Front St. – Clothing, accessories.  Great assortment of quality goods. Gift Certificates YES



Tee and Nee’s Cafe – 360-678-2900 – 12 Front St. – Lunch and dinner.  Wide variety of delicious foods and baked goods. Gift Certificates YES

Photo Yelp User Landon R. 


peak-performance-david-sternPeak Performance Chiropractic Center – 360-678-5400 – 11 NW Coveland St. – Non-invasive chiropractic technique creating a radical new way of healing restoring body balance and perfect health. Gift Certificates YES


penn-cove-gallery-david-sternPenn Cove Gallery – 360-678-1176 – 9 Front St. – Art to display, wear and give from 26 Whidbey Island artists. Large selection of original art, reproductions and art cards in a range of media, suitable for decor and gifts, at home and work.


salon-blue-david-sternSalon Blue – 360-682-5216 – 23 Front St. – A welcoming professional salon dedicated to providing the highest level of service and products to ensure that the client looks and feels the best they can. Gift Certificates YES


coupeville-inn-david-sternThe Coupeville Inn – 360-678-6668 – 20 NW Coveland St. – Coupeville’s premier destination Inn… Beautifully refurbished rooms and suites with views of Penn Cove and Mt. Baker, just steps to the wharf and historic downtown Coupeville. Gift Certificates YES

The Cove Cafe – 360-678-6434 – On the Wharf – 26 Front St NW, Coupeville, WA 98239 –  Lunch, Brunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer – *** WINTER Hours: Thursday thru Sunday: 11:30am – 3:00pm. Closed Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.


crows-roost-david-sternThe Crow’s Roost – 360-678-2092 – 902 Grace St. – Carefully curated gifts, jewelry, accessories, home goods and décor, edibles, art and more. Gift Certificates YES


a-need-new-pic-honey-bearThe Honey Bear – 360-678-6122 – 23 Front St. – Candy, chocolate, gifts, books, toys, cards, and more for all ages.  Gift Certificates YES


oystercatcher-david-sternThe Oystercatacher – 360-678-0683 – 901 Grace St. – Fine dinning, dinner and lunch. Ingredients from local farmers cooked with culinary passion.  Changing menu pending season. Fine wine collection. Gift Certificates YES


seaside-david-stern-2The Seaside Spa and Salon – 360-678-0508 – 5 Front St. -Full service salon and spa.   Gift Certificates YES


tobys-david-sternToby’s – 360-678-4222 – 8 Front St. – Beer, wine, wide ranging menu, local mussels, waterside dinning.  Must be 21. Gift Certificates YES


vail-wine-shop-david-sternVail Wine Shop and Tasting Room – 360-678-4222 – 22 Front St. – Large variety of Washington wines, wine tasting events, indoor and outdoor seating, wine clubs. Gift Certificates YES


whidbey-yarns-david-sternWhidbey Isle Yarns, Gifts and Teas – 360-632-4200 – 12 Front St. – Fine wool yarns (hand spun, machine made, imported, natural and commercial died), jewelry, buttons, notions, teas. Gift Certificates YES

Whidbey View Homes – Pamela Z. Hill Owner / Designated Broker
11 NW Coveland Suite A / PO Box 665
Coupeville,  WA  98239 CELL 360-320-2411 OFFICE 360-678-2095



Windjammer Custom Framing – 360-678-9200 – 22 Front St. – Fine art and print framing. Large selection of frames. Award winning framer. Gift Certificates YES



Saturday – December 2, 2017 – Coupeville Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade, Tree Lighting & Boat Parade and late night shopping in downtown Coupeville


Saturday – December 9, 2017 – Live music on the streets of downtown Historic District all day long.  Listen to Skinny Tie Jazz as well as other great musicians while you shop, eat, or relax about our beautiful waterfront downtown. What could be better!


Saturday – December 16, 2017 – SANTA VISIT – come take pictures with Santa 12 noon to 3pm at the Island County Archives and Museum.  Sponsored by us and Iverson Insurance


Saturday – December 23rd, 2017, Annual Caroling Contest for Central Whidbey Non-Profits. 1pm to 2pm song will fill the air in downtown to benefit your ears and the non-profits who do such good work in our community.


Sunday – December 24th – 1pm – Red Ticket Drawing in front of the Island County Historical Society, Archives and Museum – 908 Alexander St. map

Historic Waterfront Upgrades Wifi in downtown


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With the commitment of our members, and volunteers, we are able to provide free Wifi to our historic downtown.  Having Wifi helps both resident and visitor alike. 

Recently we made a decision to give our Wifi a stronger presence and added to the number of repeaters we have on Front St.

THANKS TO our volunteers, Randy Chambers, Jason Magee, and Denis Hill for installation of the additional repeater, and Front Street Grill for their generosity in allowing us to mount it on their building.  

A WiFi repeater or extender is used to extend the coverage area of your WiFi network. It works by receiving your existing WiFi signal, amplifying it and then transmitting the boosted signal.


As a Historic Waterfront member and volunteer Denis Hill guided us through our project to get Wifi to our downtown. Now that we’ve had it for several year he now monitors the system and guides us in our necessary upgrades! Thanks Denis. 

August 12th and 13th – It’s Arts and Crafts & music fest time


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Historic Coupeville has hosted the Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival for over 50 years.  Every year we welcome local artists and makers, and artists and makers from all over our region and country. Come join us for art, food, views and music – August 12th and 13th 2017

Complete list of artists 

Directions to Coupeville

Street closures: Coveland from Post Office to North Main; North Main from NE 9th to Front; Front from Center to Alexander; Alexander from Front to 8th St., and Grace from 8th to Front St.

Goodwill of the Coupeville Festival Association

Community Grants and Scholarships are a big part of the work the Coupeville Festival Association does for Coupeville and Whidbey Island. Annually ten’s of thousand’s of dollars go back into the community directly from the festival association. 

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Image credits: Coupeville Festival Association