About the Area
Ebey's Landing National Historic Reserve
The Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve is a beautiful, pristine location on the island of Whidbey, a place where visitors are able to see the history of Puget Sound, and the Pacific Northwest in its landscape.
New England sea captains were attracted to the area of Penn Cove hundreds of years ago by the striking natural features and rural community.
In 1978, the U.S. Congress set the land aside as a way to preserve a cultural landscape of the area as a sort of laboratory for examining the history of the Pacific Northwest. The historic uses of the land do continue, as workers and interpreters still farm the prairie soil and Pacific forests are selectively harvested. There are still buildings in the reserve that are hundreds of years old, yet still used for homes or businesses.
This fascinating reserve is a short drive south of Oak Harbor's Coachman Inn, where you will find every modern amenity possible for your convenience in the evenings. Then you can spend a day in the historic and scenic beauty of the Ebey's Landing Reserve and the nearby state parks. The Coachman Inn makes a great home base for all your travels around Whidbey Island.
The story of Isaac Ebey is an important one told at the reserve. Ebey was the settler who first laid claim to the land in the center portion of Whidbey Island, before Washington was a state. His history explores settling on Whidbey under the Donation Land Claim Act in effect between the years of 1850 and 1855, as well as all the exploring done in the area by Captain George Vancouver in 1792.
The history of the town of Coupeville is intertwined with the history examined at the historical reserve as well. The funding and management of the reserve is unique in the National Park system, with most of the land under private ownership, and a local government entity, The Trust Board of Ebey's Landing National Reserve, managing the daily operation of the park.
Their mission is to be certain that the natural and historic resources are preserved for future generations of visitors to the area.
Bikes and cars are welcome at Ebey's Landing, and there are a variety of birds, vegetation, and animals to interest visitors. There are interpretive panels and guides to explain such features as hedgerows - rows of vegetation (including hedges) that served as property lines and fences in the past. These form an important cultural tie to the past, as well as great habitats for many small creatures. These have been used since the 1850s, when the first Euro-American settlers arrived in the area.
The friendly Coachman Inn front desk staff will gladly tell you more about the Whidbey Island parks during your stay with them.
Before you check out the Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve 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.