Freeland and Greenbank
Freeland was founded in 1900 by a utopian group of socialists. They formed a cooperative, the Free Land Association, and each contributed $10 toward five acres of land; the balance was to be paid off through cooperative labor. Their experiment didn’t last long, but the name stuck. Today it is an unassuming little town with a few quiet parks ideal for picnics on the way to the ferry terminal or Oak Harbor.
Also worth a stop is the pinprick-small “town” of Greenbank. The turn-of-the-20th-century general store, restaurant, and post office are easy to miss—but you can’t miss the big red barn marking Whidbey Island Greenbank Farm, an icon for the entire island.
Getting to Freeland and Greenbank
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition