To help celebrate the 40th anniversary of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve, the Island County Historical Museum invites everyone to enjoy an evening of “Rural Recollections” by members of the Central Whidbey pioneer Sherman family on Thursday March 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Coupeville Recreation Hall.
The Sherman family has lived and farmed in Central Whidbey since Billy Sherman arrived with his father Henry in 1896. Billy and his wife Lottie Black raised ten children on their farm in Ebey’s Prairie. Many of their descendants, now into the six and seventh generation, still reside in the area today and some still farm the land their family has owned for more than a century.
“Rural Recollections” will be shared by, among others, Dale Sherman and his daughter Shannon Sherman Martin, Al Sherman and his daughter Karen Sherman Bishop, Jim Sherman, and Sarah Sherman Purdue and her son Wilbur Purdue.
The conversation will be moderated by Rick Castellano, director of the Museum, and Alix Roos, director of the Friends of Ebey’s, a nonprofit organization that raises funds to help preservation efforts in the Reserve and also a great-granddaughter of Billy Sherman.
There is no admission charge for “Rural Recollections but it will be a dessert potluck. Please bring a treat to share. Coffee and other beverages will be available.
Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve was created when President Jimmy Carter signed federal legislation on Nov. 10, 1978 that protects the rural, agricultural and historical heritage of Ebey’s Prairie and surrounding areas near Penn Cove.