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This chilly morning walk found me looking up at the buildings along Historic Front Street in Coupeville. Then next time your in Coupeville your should look up, you’ll see some interesting thing and some historic things.
Let’s start with a mermaid. Hanging in the second story window of Aqua Gifts you’ll see a mermaid.
Across the street is the old Glenwood Hotel built in 1889. It now house McPherson and McPherson Law Offices. Up in the third story window is a lady in waiting for her sailor man to come home.
On the side of the 1886 Coupeville Cash Store, which now houses Whidbey Isle Yarns and Far From Normal, is what appears to be a small French balcony.
A not often talked about practice in Coupeville and many other historic waterfront towns was the privy’s built at the back of buildings where people would go to the bathroom which immediately went into the water and flushed out to sea by the tides.
There is still one building that is rumored to have and old privy like that but is never used. That would be the 1916 Benson Confectionery which today is the Kingfisher Book Store. I believe this outcropping on the back of the build is where it is. Part of it is a deck but part of it is enclosed.
At the west end of Front Street is Gillespie’s Livery built as Terry’s Dryer in 1897. The old “Gillespie’s Livery- Drayage On Short Notice” sign still hangs from the peek of the building. There are a number of different business that now reside there.
I hope you enjoyed that little tour. Anytime you’re in a new town it always pays to look up, there are always little treasures to be seen.
Thanks for walking with me and we’ll try to do it again tomorrow.