P4P Pennies for Preservation

In 2015, sparked by a program she saw and adored in historic Savanah, Georgia, our Executive Director Vickie Chambers tweaked that pennies model and went looking for partners to here in Coupeville. Penn Cove Sailing and the Coupeville Chamber of Commerce joined in and P4P – Pennies for Preservation Coupeville was born!  P4P raises donated dollars for important preservation, restoration and beautification projects in historic Coupeville.

Pennies for Preservation supports 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 in our historic district. We’re old but we take care of ourselves! We like to be strong and look nice. 

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


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 Wharf donations. It is checked daily for donations from wonderful residents and many visitors. We even get some Canadian in the box and gladly convert it for good works.

The Wharf needs in excess of 750,000.00 dollars in piling and other maintenance and engineering repairs. State generated port budget won’t suffice. You can help offset by donating to Pennies for Preservation Coupeville.

Save the Wharf box Photo Credit: Professional photographer Denis Hill, Whidbey Panorama’s



Our first gift to the port in 2016.

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.

UPDATE: 2018 – We’ve paid for the restoration of the beach access stairs behind Collection Boutique through the Pennies for Preservation program. A little over $6000.00 and well worth is. Again: The port has A LOT of bills and a few TONS of property to maintain. The state budget and what’s in the bank never covers it all. We’re happy to help where we can.

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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