P4P Pennies for Preservation

Several years ago our then Executive Director Vickie Chambers tweaked a program she’d been introduced to at a Main Street conference to fit needs in Coupeville.  Called Pennies for Preservation the program is a way to support Coupeville’s historic Wharf and preservation projects in our historic town. These projects help us meet our mission and benefit our historic town.

Coupeville Historic Waterfront Assoc. Mission: Strengthen, Promote and Maintain our Successful Historic Downtown District.

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:

  • 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 sweet “Mini Me Wharf” (built by fun and generous volunteers) stands at the Wharf’s land’s end to provide an extra boost to our donations to Coupeville’s historic Wharf.  It is checked daily and the donations go directly into the Historic Waterfront’s “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 help the Port of Coupeville through the small contributions our Pennies for Preservation fund. Visit the Facade Grant page to find out more about how Pennies for Preservation has helped through those Grants.

Misc Pennies for Preservation Projects

Our first gift 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 for the Wharf and throughout Coupeville’s historic waterfront district.

UPDATE 2018 – In helping the Port of Coupeville and Wharf, Pennies for Preservation 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 to have the stairs be safe for those making their way to the beach).

Update 2019: We helped Historic Whidbey’s restoration of the circa 1866 Haller House with an emergency grant for roof repairs.

Update 2020: We have begun the project to improve the entry of the Coupeville Wharf. This project will require over $10,000. Improvements to include removing the gravel at the entry, improvements of the 2 kiosks at the entry (including new roofs), stairs to the bluff from the entry, and railings along the stairs. This project will be ongoing through 2021.

For your interest

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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