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Feb. 8 – 29 History Exhibit at Bayview Cash Store Front Room Gallery

Please join us Feb. 8 – 29 as the South Whidbey Historical Society presents “Snapshots of South Whidbey History” from noon to 5 p.m., (weather permitting) in the Bayview Cash Store’s Front Room Gallery (second floor).

For SWHS Members and Donors, there will be a private reception on Friday, Feb. 7 from 4 to 6 p.m., with an update by South Whidbey Historical Society President Bill Haroldson.

Every Saturday, from 3 to 4 p.m.  history talks will be presented on various topics:

  • Feb. 8: “The Circuitous Route of Women’s Suffrage in WA” by Bob Waterman
  • Feb. 15: “One Hundred Years of Ferry Service” by Bill Haroldson
  • Feb. 22: “Tales about Langley’s Early Settlers” by Bob Waterman
  • Feb. 29: “The Era of Fishing Resorts on South Whidbey” by Bill Haroldson

Suggested donation is $5 for the talks. Books will be available for sale before and after the 3 p.m. Saturday History Talks.

  • See vintage fashions… historic photos… memorabilia… videos.
  • Learn about WA suffrage and the 100th anniversary of the all-woman Langley City Council in this centennial year of the passing of the 19th amendment.
  • Discover the beginnings of early automobile ferry service from Clinton.
  • Listen to tales about Langley’s early settlers.
  • Explore the Era of Fishing Resorts on South Whidbey.

Suggested donation is $5 for the talks. Books will be available for sale before and after the Saturday History Talks.

The Exhibit opens to the general public on Saturday, February 8 at noon and will be open daily thereafter (weather permitting) from noon to 5 p.m.

Special thanks to the Goosefoot Community Fund for inviting the South Whidbey Historical Society to use the Front Room Gallery space.

 

State Route 525 at Bayview Corner in late 1950s and after straightening it in the early 1960s

Two photos of State Route 525 – before the road was straightened (1955) and one after (1963) with views of Bayview, Deer Lagoon, Useless Bay and Double Bluff.

How many landmarks can you find such as the Bayview Cash Store, Bayview Hall, the Weedin barn and house, the Adolph Meier house, the Melendy house, plus Oliver’s Lake, and the beach at Double Bluff?

We would love to hear the background of why the Highway was straightened, as an alternative to driving through Bayview Corner. Some say that the U.S. Navy wanted a straighter road for fast evacuations off the island in case Deception Pass Bridge was not drive-able. Anyone know for certain?

Also, note the extensive logging atop Double Bluff.

 

 

 

 

 

Langley’s All-Woman City Council

One hundred years ago this month, a special election was held in Langley which resulted in an all-woman administration who took office in January 1920.

This is but one part of Washington State’s interesting road to women’s suffrage as local historian Bob Waterman explains in this video.

If you support the sharing of local history, please consider making a meaningful donation to the South Whidbey Historical Society by mailing a check to the Society at PO Box 612, Langley, WA 98260 or online at https://southwhidbeyhistory.org/donate/

We were fortunate that the rain held off for Sunday’s Era of South Whidbey Fishing Resorts. Here’s a brief recap of our second annual bus tour. We are trying to do a different topic every year. Enjoy.

Good times shared with good people. We were fortunate that the rain held off for Sunday's Era of South Whidbey Fishing Resorts. Here's a brief recap of our second annual bus tour. We are trying to do a different topic every year. Enjoy.

Posted by South Whidbey Historical Museum on Monday, August 12, 2019

Buy your tickets now for the Era of Fishing Resorts on South Whidbey Fundraiser Bus Tour

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: https://SWRESORTS.brownpapertickets.com
or via a link at www.SouthWhidbeyHistory.org

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.

Langley History Walking Tours

This season’s Langley Walking Tours with local historian Bob Waterman got off to a good, albeit slightly rainy, start.

The hour and a half tour began with an explanation of Langley’s origins at the Museum, followed by a walking tour.

Tickets are available for final walking tour on July 13 here: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4195411

 

Langley History Walking Tours

This season's Langley Walking Tours with local historian Bob Waterman got off to a good, albeit slightly rainy, start. The hour and a half tour began with an explanation of Langley's origins at the Museum, followed by a walking tour. Tickets are available for the April 27, May 18, June 1, 15 and 22 tours here: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4195411

Posted by South Whidbey Historical Museum on Saturday, April 13, 2019

Langley Historic Walking Tours in July

Think you know Langley? Take one of these walking tours led by local historian Bob Waterman and find out just how much more there is to the story.

In this two-hour small group tour, you’ll learn about the early days and subsequent changes to our historical waterfront ‘village by the sea.’

Learn about the struggles and triumphs of early residents.

Get an understanding what Langley life was like in the 1890s through the hippie-culture 1960s.

Tickets are $10 (plus an online processing fee) and benefit our local Historical Society. The tours begin at 10 a.m. at the Museum at 312 Second Street on the following Saturdays: July 6, 13 and 20.

Sign up online for the Saturday that works with your schedule at https://walkingtour.brownpapertickets.com or stop by the SW Historical Museum on the weekend between 1 and 4 p.m. and purchase a ticket there (and save the $1.34 processing fee). Tours are limited to 10 people, so buy your tickets soon.

New Children’s Pastimes Display at the Museum

Ever wonder what the youth of yesteryear played with before smartphones… well, quite a few decades before smartphones?

Stop by the South Whidbey Historical Museum this weekend and check out a new exhibit which docents Joan Handy and Betty Discher put together: “Children’s Toys, Games and Pastimes of the Early 1900s”.

Take a look at what your grandparents or great-grandparents were playing with.

The Museum is open from 1 to 4 p.m. on weekends.

Check out this great new website on Langley History

Kudos to the Langley Preservation Committee for putting together a wonderful website on Langley History.

Peruse the buildings of Langley through the decades, including amazing “Then and Now” composites done by Langley resident historian Bob Waterman. Special recognition to:

Langley Historic Preservation Commission current members: 
Robert Waterman, chair
Bruce Allen
Richard Frishman
Deborah Maietta
Bernita Sanstad
Jim Sundberg
Debra Waterman
Joe Wierzbowski

Original web site developers:
Avrey Scharwat
Dustin Scharwat
Paula Scharwat
Robert Elphick
Isaac Cash

Continuing web site maintenance:
Avrey Scharwat
Jim Sundberg

langleyhistory.com

October 20 “Then and Now” Presentation Explores “A Tangled Web of History at Brown’s Point”

On Saturday evening, October 20 we will host a “Then and Now” presentation at 7 p.m. at Langley United Methodist Church in the Fellowship Hall entitled, “A Tangled Web of History at Brown’s Point” by Kyle Walker. (Suggested donation: $5.)

This is a fascinating story involving John Brown, who was born at Brown’s Point (now Sandy Point) who became a special agent with the Indian Service.  He and his partner patrolled the Pacific Northwest towns trying to break up prostitution rings and illegal liquor sales in the early 1900s.