Island County

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Chinese Tenant Farmer's House

Chinese Concentration, Island County.
A concentration of Chinese laborers and tenant farmers lived on Ebey’s Prairie, Whidbey Island. The cluster of wooden buildings existed from the 1880s to the 1920s. At its peak, it housed about 200 Chinese. Reference: Ebey’s Landing.

Chinese Tenant Farmer's House. Island County.
Chinese Tenant Farmer's House was located on the north side of West Hill Road near Ebey’s Landing Road, Ebey’s Landing. It was a wooden structure occupied by a Chinese tenant potato farmer. It was in ruins by 1982. Reference: Ebey’s Landing National Historic Reserve.

Ebey’s Landing. Island County.
Ebey’s Landing is on the coast between Point Partridge and Admiralty Head. It was the place of entry for Chinese who were smuggled into the county in the 1890s. During that time, the area was isolated and uninhabited. Now it is part of the Central Whidbey Island Historic District. References: “Central Whidbey Island Historic District;” Ebey’s Landing.

Sunnyside Cemetery. Island County.
Sunnyside Cemetery is at 90 Cemetery Road, Coupeville, Whidbey Island. It is the burial place of Ah Soot, a Chinese tenant farmer who farmed a 7.5 acre field for more than 20 years. The land owner, the LeSourd family, buried him in their family plot. References: Chinn; Ebey’s Landing.

Chinn, Cassie. n.d. “Research: Sunnyside Cemetery-Coupeville.” Accessed December 4, 2017.

Central Whidbey Island Historic District.” n.d. National Registry of Historic Places. Washington, D.C. Department of the Interior. National Park Service. Accessed December 22, 2017.

Ebey’s Landing National Historic Reserve. PNRO Inventory, National Parks Service, Pacific NW Region, Cultural Resources Division.

Ebey’s Landing: Traces of the Chinese in the Reserve.” n.d. National Historic Reserve. Washington, D.C. Department of the Interior. National Park Service. Accessed December 4, 2017.