Journal of the San Juan Islands


National Parks celebrates addition of Westcott Bay property, Sunday

April 19, 2013 · 11:13 AM

The spit at San Juan Island National Historical Park's newly acquired Webb property, home of Westcott Bay Seafood Farm, is an alluring spot to take a stroll. / Contributed/NPS

The National Parks Service will host a celebration to commemorate its recent addition of 34 acres on Westcott Bay to San Juan Island National Historical Park's English Camp, Sunday, April 21, 1-3 p.m.

The property, purchased by the National Parks Service for $2.5 million from the Conservation Fund, a nationally renowned non-profit that offers financing for preservation-minded land acquisitions, represents a majority of the longtime home of Westcott Bay Seafood Farms, founded more than 30 years ago by the Webb family. It includes 2,500 feet of waterfront along Westcott Bay.

“We hope islanders will come and help us celebrate the acquisition of this tranquil and spectacular piece of land,” San Juan Island National Historical Park Superintendent Lee Taylor said.

The celebration will include music, living history demonstrations, guided walks and activities for children. The event will open with a ceremony featuring brief remarks by the partners involved in the purchase.

Because the property lacks adequate parking, the Parks Service will provide a free shuttle to the event, beginning at noon, at the parking area of English Camp, off West Valley Road.

For information, contact NPS, (360) 378-2240, ext. 2233.



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