Located between Wahington State’s mainland and Whidbey Island is Camano Island. There are several interesting historic sites open to the public if you join a Camano Island Historic Tour or explore the area on your own. Let’s take a look.
Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center
This cultural center is the home of the Stanwood Area Historical Society library, museum and event space. Stanwood is located on the mainland just before you will get to Camano Island. Stop here first to pick up maps and information for the Camano Island Historic Tour.
Address: 27130 102nd NW, Stanwood, Phone: 360-629-6110
Camano Island Historic Sites
Camano Lutheran Church
Construction of this iconic Camano Island church building began in 1904 and the dedication was July 9, 1906. The building is listed on the Washington Heritage Register. The church was established in 1890 in Utsalady and then in 1895 held services at the Livingston Bay school, which was located across the road from the current site. The church currently serves the community and welcomes all. Camano Island’s demographics are comparable to Whidbey Island.
Address: 850 Heichel Rd Camano Island, WA 98282, Phone: 360-629-4592
Camano Pioneer Cemetery
Camano Island’s early settlers and some Native Americans are buried here.
Address: 557 East North Camano Drive, Camano Island
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Kristoferson Farm 1912
Kristoferson barn was built in 1914 from Douglas Fir milled on site. The Barn has been the hub of farm operations for the Kristoferson family for over 100 years. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012.
Address: 332 North East Camano Drive, Camano Island
South Camano Grange 1930
South Camano Grange 1930 was established on Jan. 18, 1930 by O.C. Wisner. It is a family-friendly organization that promotes family values and healthy and green living. Service to the community is the backbone of the Grange.
Address: 2227 South Camano Drive, Camano Island
Mabana Schoolhouse 1916
Mabana Schoolhouse was built in 1916 by loggerman Peg Leg Anderson. It embodied the community’s spirit for a better life. Used as a school, meeting place and church. Pearl Wanamaker, the first teacher, was active in Washington state politics. The schoolhouse is now an artist studio for Linda Demetre. On Camano Island, you can find, like on Whidbey Island, so many treasures of the Tide Flats.
Address: 3648 South Camano Drive, Camano Island
Camano Island State Park 1949
A community-initiated and supported park. In 1949, a ninety-two acres piece of land was acquired for a park. The initial development was accomplished in one day by nearly 500 public-spirited volunteers from Stanwood and Camano Island. Camano Island’s and Whidbey Island’s local sustainable businesses are an inspiration for not only residents but visitors alike.
Address: 2269 Lowell Point Road, Camano Island
Cama Beach Historical State Park 1934
Cama Beach a 1930s-era fishing resort complete with waterfront cedar cabins and bungalows. Muriel and Lee Risk operated Cama Beach Resort for 55 years. In 1990 the Risk daughters acted to turn the property into a state park. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.
Address: 1880 South West Camano Drive, Camano Island
Esary Logging Camp at Cama Beach 1902
Esary logging at Utsalady had five log trucks, the first on the Island. This was a family operation and Camp #2 was at Cama. They had two sets of horse teams, each with six to eight horses. Camp #2 operated 1902 to 1908, later becoming Cama Beach Resort.
Address: 1880 South West Camano Drive, Camano Island
Camano Island Inn (formerly Hotel Camano) 1923
Established in 1923, The Camano Island Inn served log millers, their families, and other boarders. Guests from around the world have enjoyed the Inn and its precious view of Saratoga Passage. The building has changed with the times. The great view remains the same. Today it is a farm to table restaurant, a beautiful inn & spa. See also Whidbey Island’s History Part 1
Address: 1054 South West Camano Drive, Camano Island
Camano City Schoolhouse 1906
This one-room Schoolhouse was built in 1906 for students from the rapidly expanding Camano City area. The building was in use as a schoolhouse until 1936. Later, the building served as a community hall, home to the Fire Department, and Sparklers Auxiliary until it was sold to the Camano Schoolhouse Foundation in 2012. It was listed on the WA Heritage Register 2014. For Whidbey Island’s History Part 2 click here.
Address: 993 Orchid Road, Camano Island
Utsalady Historic Vista Point
Here, a sign describes the community of Utsalady. Ship spars were first cut here in 1853. A lumber mill was built in 1856, beginning production in 1857. The town boomed with Camano’s first school. Lumber was exported in 1860. By 1893 sailing ships carried daily production of 74,000 bd/ft to world markets. And when you’ve toured Camano Island, you may as well take a tour of Whidbey Island at the same time.
Address: 398 Shore Drive, Camano Island
Utsalady Ladies Aid 1908
Utsalady Ladies Aid was founded in 1908. It is the second oldest organization in Island County. The building was constructed in 1923 for $566.73. It is a symbol of community spirit and unity for those living on Camano Island. Listed on the WA Heritage & National Registers of Historic Places since 1998.
Address: 78 Utsalady Road, Camano Island
The English Logging Co. logged forests east of Stanwood and Mount Vernon in the 1920s & ’30s. Here they gathered logs into booms for towing to Puget Sound mills. Pilings are all that remain from the operation which closed in 1945.
Address: North end of Moore Road, Camano Island