P4P Pennies for Preservation

Several years ago our Executive Director Vickie Chambers tweaked a program called Pennies for Preservation she’d been introduced to at a Main Street conference. A way to support preservation projects in our historic town. She went looking for community partners and Penn Cove Sailing and the Coupeville Chamber of Commerce stepped up!

Pennies for Preservation Coupeville raises donated dollars for important preservation, restoration and beautification projects in historic Coupeville.

Pennies for Preservation supports our Historic Waterfront facade grants, Historic Whidbey’s preservation of the Haller House (circa 1866) and Heritage Center Project, the Coupeville Wharf and misc preservation projects within our historic district.

IMG_2085DROP OFF contributions:

  • Coupeville Chamber of Commerce office daily from 10:30am till 3:30pm at 905 Alexander in Coupeville.
  • Pennies for Preservation jars at most all shops, restaurants and service providers, in Coupeville.
  • In the “Mini Me Wharf”
  • Through PayPal
  • OR Mail a check to the Coupeville Historic Waterfront PO Box 121, Coupeville, WA 98239 ——— Please note Pennies for Preservation in check memo.

Contribute through PayPal


Save the Wharf box Photo Credit: The late Denis Hill. Friend, photographer and generous community member.

Our beautiful “Mini Me Wharf” (built by fun and generous volunteers) stands at the Wharf’s land’s end to provide an extra boost to our Port donations. It is checked daily and the donations ho directly into our Wharf Fund.

The Wharf needs in excess of 900,000.00 dollars in piling and other maintenance, and engineering repairs and the port budget generated port budget won’t suffice.

We are happy to gather donations for our iconic Wharf, Facade Grants and Haller House.



Pictured: Port Commissioners William Bell,John Mishasek and *Mike Diamanti with our Executive Director Vickie Chambers and Coupeville Chamber Executive Director Lynda Eccles on far right when we gave our first Pennies for Preservation gift to the Port.

Our first gift was to the Port of Coupeville in 2016. Since that time the Pennies for Preservation program has grown and helped with many restoration and preservation projects in Coupeville’s historic waterfront district.

UPDATE: 2018 – We’ve paid for the restoration of the beach access stairs behind Collection’s Boutique on Front Street (a little over $6000.00 to the port and well worth it). We gave several thousand dollars in historic building improvement grants.

Update: 2019: We helped Historic Whidbey with an emergency grant for roof repairs. We gave several thousand dollars in historic building improvement grants. We began generating and hoarding funds to help with building renovations for the Wharf building itself (set for after piling work is done – min 2 years).

Coupeville: Essay 7523. By Daryl C. McClary

Coupeville, located on the south shore of Penn’s Cove, is the oldest town on Whidbey Island and second oldest town in the state of Washington. It was founded by Thomas Coupe (1818-1875) captain of the bark Success, who arrived in Puget Sound in 1852 and filed a 320-acre donation land claim on the site. Captain Coupe is the only man known to have sailed a square-rigged sailing ship through treacherous Deception Pass.

The town was established in the early 1850s after several sea captains who had been plying the waters of Puget Sound decided to retire there, filing donation land claims. Coupeville, perfectly situated in Central Whidbey Island across from burgeoning Port Townsend, prospered and grew. The town replaced Coveland as the county seat in 1881 and was incorporated in late April, 1910. The Indian name for Coupeville was reported to be P’t-sa-tl-y, meaning “snake basket.” According to the 2000 U.S. Census, Coupeville had a population of 1,723. Read entire McClary Essay

Preservation is good for local, county, state and our country’s economies AND our honoring of our United States history.

Tax deductible


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