Coupeville, Wa. 98239 is a town in Island County, Washington. The population was 1,831 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Island County.
Coupeville was founded in 1852 by Captain Thomas Coupe and is the second oldest town in the State of Washington. The town continues to preserve original pioneer homes with a variety of historic architectures including Queen Anne, Saltbox, and pioneer Block Houses.
Major employers in Coupeville are Island County and Whidbey General Hospital. Service and retail businesses serve the island population and visitors attracted to the town’s historic waterfront district and Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve. Retail businesses are located along North and South Main Street, Coveland, and Front Street along the waterfront. In addition to 11 restaurants, cafes, and coffee shops, stores include art galleries, gourmet food, clothing, souvenir, and home decor retailers.
People Make This Town
The aquatic life of Penn Cove and Admiralty Inlet, as well as Ebey’s Prairie, attracted native Americans to the area. Isaac Ebey and Captain Thomas Coupe were instrumental in European settlement of Central Whidbey. Today, town leadership draws from retired military, educators and businesspeople. Volunteers are the driving force behind activities as diverse as the Arts & Crafts Festival, Penn Cove Mussel Festival, Concerts on the Cove, Island County Historical Society, Ebey’s Trust Board and many other civic programs.
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