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About the Area

Admiralty Head Lighthouse

On the Whidbey Island Shore stands a building that has guided ships safely to shore since 1861. Although the light has been extinguished the lighthouse now welcomes visitors to learn the history of the area and also wedding parties. The lighthouse was rebuilt in 1903 making way for Fort Casey and the light was put out of use in 1922. There is a wonderful history to the area and the building that stood guard over Puget Sound for so many years.

Admiralty Lighthouse is owned by the Parks Commission and is run by volunteers. It is still a beautiful monument to days gone by and the history of the area. The area and therefore the Lighthouse was named by none other than Captain George Vancouver of the famed HMS Discovery in 1792. In fact, he named every island, mountain, waterway and point of interest he could see while in the waters of the Puget Sound.

After the light was extinguished in 1922 the lighthouse was left abandoned and fell into disarray. In the mid 1950s the Parks Commission revamped the old lighthouse and brought it back to life. Admiralty Head Lighthouse now stands proudly once again overseeing the majestic Olympic Mountains and the waterways which once carried the big ships. The lighthouse is now maintained and run mostly by volunteers which are a true tribute to the area itself.

A trip to Whidbey Island is incomplete without a visit to the historic Admiralty Head Lighthouse. It is open throughout the summer and there are sometimes events and exhibits held at the site. Stand on the ground that was proclaimed Admiralty Head by the Captain of the great HMS Discovery and absorb the mind-blowing scenery once viewed by that very same man. There really are not proper words to describe the beauty of Whidbey Island and Admiralty Head.

There are tours available through the lighthouse or you can simply enjoy at your leisure and take in the atmosphere and scenery. Be sure to show your appreciation to the many volunteers who keep the lighthouse open and operational. Without their dedication and hard work, others would not be able to enjoy this magnificent piece of history.

There is plenty to do in and around Admiralty Head in Whidbey Island so plan to make the lighthouse one of your stops during your visit. If you look out into the Sound you can almost see the tall masts of the old ships that once frequently visited the area. Take yourself back in time if only for a few minutes and enjoy what the view has to offer. You'll be glad you did and it is a site and a memory that will stay with you a very long time.

The friendly Coachman Inn front desk staff will gladly tell you more about Admiralty and the other Whidbey Island parks during your stay with them.

Before you check out the Admiralty Head Lighthouse on Whidbey Island, check into the nearby Coachman Inn, where we have been voted Best of Whidbey Island for two years running and awarded the AAA Three Diamond rating, their highest rating for vacation lodging. To check availability, call the Coachman now at 800-635-0043 or click here.

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