At one time South Whidbey had more than 35 family-run fishing resorts.

Learn about this bygone era and what it was like for both resort owners and guests on this year’s historical bus tour fundraiser: The Era of South Whidbey Fishing Resorts.

Join Bill Haroldson, President of the South Whidbey Historical Society and author of “Resorts of South Whidbey Island” on a guided Whidbey Sea-Tac Shuttle Bus tour to learn about the heyday of South Whidbey Fishing Resorts (1920s to the early 1960s).

Hear first-hand accounts of the resorts from people who built them, worked at them, or enjoyed them as a child:
Jim Cooper (he built Jim and John’s Resort along with his brother), later resort owner Barbara Chase
Darla Famer (her husband’s family built Bush Point Resort, Hap’s Resort, plus the mercantile, and she and her late husband, Warren, ran Hap’s Resort)
Don Allen (his father ran Don’s Cottage Grove Resort)
Craig “Windmill” Holman (memories of a childhood spent at Shore Meadows Resort)
plus several others!

Tickets for the fundraiser are $125 and limited to 20 people. They must be purchased in advance at:
or via a link at

We’ll meet at Trinity Lutheran Church in Freeland at 1 p.m. on Sunday, August 11 for a 15-minute presentation while enjoying smoked salmon and other appetizers.

Then it’s all-aboard the comfortable shuttle bus as we make stops at Robinson Beach, Shore Meadows, Bush Point, Greenbank for a vantage point of several eastside resorts, and then down to Jim and John’s Resort site in Clinton.

After refreshments at the Haroldson’s home on Brighton Beach we’ll head back to Freeland.

Attendees will receive a copy of Resorts of South Whidbey Island plus a Gabby’s Guide Fishing Resort Map (a $17 value).

Thank you for supporting the South Whidbey Historical Society! We operate on a shoe-string, and your support of events such as this enables us to keep sharing the history of our south end communities.