Local Adventures

Local Adventures: Island County Historical Museum

The backstory is for now we are homeschooling our boys. We do school work in the morning, then we go an an adventure to learn about new things. Educational, yet fun. Today’s adventure was to the small village of Coupeville, Washington, which is in the middle of Whidbey Island, about 18 miles from our home. I had never been to the Island County Historical Museum before, even though I worked in the town years ago for nearly a decade. Today though, it seemed like a great idea. It was chilly outside and the sun was hiding (though no rain!).

This March the museum is free to enjoy as a generous donation covered entrance fees!

The easiest parking lot to use in Coupeville is the one by the public library. It is vast and recently paved. If you need public bathrooms there are new ones in the parking lot, and also in the library. A short walk downhill took us to the museum. There is a lot to see in the main floor, covering the history of the island in its start where agricultural was so important.

Walker told me all I needed to know about this historical rifle. I might have been so proud about what he knows.

The museum has a basement full of displays on glaciers and Native American art/history. The boys were fascinated by the glaciers and the Wooly Mammoths. I need to introduce them to The Kettles, which is an area I hiked with their older brother years ago (it is north of Coupeville, and home to 30 or so miles of trails). The kettles were left behind as the glaciers receded.

We wandered out to the Coupeville wharf to check out the marine exhibit along with skeletons of a gray whale, a porpoise and a sea lion. This sea lion is pretty cool. The exhibit is free to all.

The boys grimacing in the brisk cold on the wharf. The tide was out in Penn Cove below, and the Seagulls were happily eating breakfast/brunch.

Since few were out on this cold weekday, we enjoyed the quiet.


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