Tour the Historic 1860 Ferry House

Old farmhouse in farm field
The Ferry House.  Built in 1860 by Winfield Scott Ebey.  Photo courtesy of Carl Stephens, Jr.

For more than 150 years, the Ferry House has stood watch over Ebey’s Prairie and Ebey's Landing. Built in 1860 by Winfield Scott Ebey, the Ferry House provided shelter and support for travellers making their way up and down Admiralty Inlet and to families who settled on the island. Today the house bears witness to the remarkable legacy of preservation represented by Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve. We invite you to take a tour of this historic pre-territorial building and learn the stories of the Native Americans, the settlers and the history of this extraordinary landmark.


Traveling to and from the Reserve: Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve is located in Central Whidbey Island in the Puget Sound. The island is easily accessible from the mainland by vehicle via Washington State Route 20 and aboard the Washington State Ferries from either Mukilteo or Port Townsend.

The Ferry house is located on a bluff overlooking Ebey’s Landing State Park. Parking is available at Ebey's Landing State Park just below the Ferry House, however a Washington State Discover Pass is required.

Trail along farm field leading to old farm house.
The trail to the Ferry House bi-sects two actively privately owend farmed fields.  Stay on the trail!

Photo courtesy of Chris Smith

Frequently Asked Questions:

When are tours?
Tours are conducted on Saturdays during the summer season by reservation only. Tour times are 10am and 1pm (two tours each day).

  • June 23, 2018
  • July 21, 2018
  • August 18, 2018
The tour will depart from the Kiosk located at Ebey's Landing State Park, at the reserved tour time.

Where can I park?
There is no parking available at the Ferry House or along Ebey Road.
Parking is available at Ebey's Landing State Park. A Washington State Discover Pass is required.

What is the cost of the event? Tours are free and open to the public by reservation only. You may call 360.678.6084 to make a reservation.

Can I go inside the house?
The tour will begin outside on the front porch, then guests will be guided through the house. Due to the age of the building, tours are limited to no more than 20 people.

How do I sign up for a tour?
Tours are by reservation only, and limited to no more than 20 people per tour.
You can make a reservation by calling the office of the Trust Board at 360.678.6084.

Can I see the house without a tour?
As one of the oldest buildings in the Reserve, the Ferry House is fragile. Visitors to the house are welcome to tour the exterior of the building, however In order to ensure it’s continued preservation, interior tours are strictly limited to no more than 20 people and only on tour dates.
At all other times, the interior of the Ferry House is closed to the public.

Last updated: March 8, 2018

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PO Box 774
Coupeville, WA 98239


(360) 678-6084

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