Ferry House / Ebey Inn at Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve in Coupeville

The Ferry House (Ebey’s Inn) is an intriguing part of Washington history, preserved above the nearby shores of Ebey’s Landing in Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve, Coupeville, Whidbey Island. The building and immediate vicinity is owned by the National Park Service, and the grounds are open to the public but the interior of the building is not. The NPS opens up the doors for only three public tours every year. The tour’s reservations are always completely booked.

The Ferry House (originally called The Ebey Inn) was built by the Ebey family to support the growing sons of Isaac Ebey after Isaac was beheaded by Canadian native Americans. From the 1860s to around 1900 the inn served as a tavern, post office, grocery store, and hospitality inn for visitors of all kinds who moved up and around Puget Sound.

The National Park Service has emphasized structural preservation by replacing the foundation and roof, and by inserting temporary supports within the building to ensure its ongoing integrity until a fuller structural strengthening project is completed. The interior is very rough. This actually helps tell its story plus reveals the building and materials techniques used by the early settlers. Whether or not it will ever be restored will depend upon future policies and funding.

The tour was led by a very knowledgeable and personable preservationist from the Trust Board of Ebey’s Landing. The tour is well recommended. But get your reservations in early!

Ferry House Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve National Park Service Coupeville northeast exterior

Ferry House north exterior



Ferry House Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve National Park Service Coupeville front porch

Front porch overlooking Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains



Ferry House Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve National Park Service Coupeville tavern room

Tavern



Ferry House Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve National Park Service Coupeville parlor room

Parlor



Ferry House Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve National Park Service Coupeville interior kitchen

Interior kitchen



Ferry House Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve National Park Service Coupeville room

Possible owner’s bedroom



Ferry House Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve National Park Service Coupeville stairs

Stairs



Ferry House Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve National Park Service Coupeville exterior kitchen and outhouse

Outside kitchen building and outhouse



Ferry House Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve National Park Service Coupeville exterior east side

Exterior looking across farm land


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