Thursday, November 3, 2011

Early Pacific Northwest settlement evident at Ebey's Landing NHR

Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve does not look like your average National Park, since it is composed almost entirely of historic privately-owned properties.

However, it is managed cooperatively with federal, state, and private entities and tells a continuing story of early exploration and settlement in the Pacific Northwest.

The nation’s first historical reserve, Ebey’s Landing surrounding picturesque Coupeville, Washington on Whidbey Island protects a rural working landscape and community on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound. Much of the reserve, with its rich agricultural prairies, woodlands, shorelines and historic structures, appears to today's visitors much as it did a century ago.

One hundred year-old farms are still active, forests are harvested, and century-old buildings still serve as homes or businesses. The historic waterfront town of Coupeville, located within the Reserve boundary, still serves as the county seat.

You’ll find plenty of recreational opportunities including camping, hiking and biking. Spectacular views of beaches, water and mountains and an abundance of birds and wildlife add to the allure.

Learn more about Ebey's Landing on the National Park Service website.

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