NEW IS OLD – July 5, 2018

From today’s walk I’d like to share a couple of buildings I’ve shown you before. First up the old 1866 Robertson’s Store building. Here’s a photo of it in 1991 from a newspaper cutting at the Island County Historical Museum, Coupeville.

Robertson Building Before

After about three years they are finally making some good progress. The dormers on the roof is done, there’s new doors on the side and I see some walls going up on the inside. There will be shops and living quarters inside.

Robertson Store 1883

To find out more about the history of the Robertson Store and other Front Street stores,  go to the Front Street web site.

This next one I’m really excited about. The Joseph B. Libby house on Main Street was built in 1870. For a long time it was on the “Most Endangered Historic Properties List“. This was it a couple of years ago.

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The house was to be torn down to make way for a new house. Fortunately that effort was blocked and last November it was sold to a new owner.

It had really deteriorated over time with holes in the roof and dying from neglect.

I spoke with the new owner who was there working on it and it’s going to be fully restored and they will live there, the house is saved.

He is having to replace many of the floor joists as they are rotted. The interior will be kept the same as it was in 1870. Here it is this morning.

Libby House

What a lovely old home. A wonderful renewal addition to the town.

I hope you enjoyed that little bit of history, there certainly is a lot of it in this historic seaside town.

As always, thanks for walking with me and I’ll see you again soon.

HAPPY LEAP DAY – February 29, 2016

Not many of my blogs start with “Happy Leap Day” but I just had to say it.

After three weeks of resting on my laurels, trying to get my sore back to settle down, I decided it was time to go out and give it a try. Turns out I had a nice little walk with very little pain, I do believe I’m on the mend. It was good to see some old walking friends and reconnect.

Thanks to everyone for you concerns and kind words, I do believe they all helped.

This morning I was not to be detoured by the threat of rain. It was very dark and cloudy when I left the house so just in case I put on my rain coat and I’m glad I did. That seemed to scare away any possibility of rain and it ended up being a dark dry walk.

The sunrise started to look like it might turn into something grand but sort of fizzled. This was as good as it got.

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Out on the wharf I noticed these signs on the Harbor Master office. Who knew we had a problem with people climbing on the roof. Or maybe it was for the seagulls as I didn’t see any sitting up there this morning 😉

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And finally, at the scene of the crime where I fell, they are making progress on the remodel of the 1866 Robertson’s Store building. The forms are laid for the seawall and deck foundation. It’s starting to get exciting now.

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So onward to March and eventually Spring! Have a great week ahead and thanks for the support and walking with me.

NEW LITTLE LIBRARY – February 8, 2016

Happy Monday everyone and welcome to another walk around Coupeville. It was a beautiful morning and a great day to walk.

Down by the entrance to the Coupeville Wharf I spotted a new addition. Back in May of 2014 I took this picture of what I believed to be the last pay phone in Coupeville.

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This morning I noticed that it was gone! Another piece of history bites the dust but…

Look what took it’s place:

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That would be a “Little Free Library”, how cool is that? I think it’s a really good replacement and it looks great!

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The old “Mad Crab” restaurant that was housed in the old 1866 Robertson’s Store building, closed a few years ago and has stood empty ever since. It is one of the oldest buildings on Front Street. It originally had a gable roof but was later replaced by a false front.

It was purchased a couple of years ago and work had begun but was halted due to, what I heard, were some shoreline permitting issues.

This morning I saw that things are finally starting to happen. There is a bunch of big equipment in front of the building.

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They are working to shore up the bank and add a big new deck.

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It also appears that things are starting to happen inside the building.

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It’s going to be a multipurpose building with stores and housing bring new business to Front Street. I can’t wait to see what all will be in there and how it looks. Stay tuned!

Thanks for walking with me today. I hope you have a great week ahead!