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Learn the History of Orcas Island

Learn the History of Orcas Island

Monday, July 18, 2011

The Orcas Island Historical Museum is located in down town Eastsound and is home to thousands of artifacts. The museum offers new exhibits, presentations, speakers, tours, research assistance, an annual Historical Day Fair, open house celebrations, regular visitation hours, opportunities for special appointments, newspaper articles as well as quarterly publications. The museum is the only heritage facility on the island and boasts an extensive permanent collection of objects, paper documents and artifacts.

In the 1950’s and 1960’s, several Orcas Island families donated six original homestead cabins built during the late 1800’s to the Orcas Island Historical Society. Volunteers disassembled the cabins at their original sites, then moved, reconstructed and linked them together to create the Orcas Island Historical Museum’s main facility. Today, the museum boasts an extensive permanant collection of over 6000 artifacts, maintains a fantastic archive of oral histories in addition to photo collections.

Complete your Oracas Island retreat with a stay at a lovely inn based around a historic 1869 farmhouse: 

Inn at Ship Bay, Orcas Island, WA

The Inn at Ship Bay and its restaurant are located on top of a magnificent bluff overlooking the gorgeous waters of Ship Bay. Each room features cozy gas stoves as well as private patios with breathtaking ocean views. And, if you are getting away for a special event such as a honeymoon or romantic weekend, the Inn is happy to arrange to have flowers, champagne or any other special amenities pre-placed in your room for the perfect surprise!

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