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The Port Stanley Schoolhouse

The Port Stanley School was in session from 1917 until Lopez Island schools consolidated in 1941. It was then used as a meeting place, hardware store, and hay storage building until it was donated to the Lopez Island Historical Society by Chris & Helena Jones. Restoration was completed in 2003, with outbuilding and parking lot

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Harry Towell Home

John Towell, a railway platelayer on the Manchester, Sheffield & Lincoln Railway, lived with his family in Worksop Nottinghamshire in the railway station level crossing house. His son Henry emigrated to the United States in 1882, settled in Minnesota, married May Stevens, and began farming around Madison Lake. In 1898, the Towells and some 40 other

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William “Tom” McCauley home

Like so many early island families, the Scots-Irish McCauleys arrived in the US via Ontario, Canada. They came to Lopez at the invitation of Jim Buchanan, a relative who had moved here after his claim in the California gold fields played out. Sam and Jane Buchanan McCauley and six of their seven sons moved first

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William Graham home

William Graham was one of many Irish Lopezians who came to the island by way of Canada. Born in 1840 near Kilmore in County Armagh, Graham moved with his parents to Ontario in 1841. As a young man, he moved to Ohio, and then to Estherville, Iowa. He came to Lopez in 1877 because relatives

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James Davis home

This large farmhouse was built by James Ernest Davis and Maybell Troxell Davis in 1913. Family legend says it was paid for by a single successful season on a fish trap off the south end. The Davis kids recalled having to haul rocks home from every trip to the beach to build the stone fireplace.

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James Cousins farmstead

James Cousins was born in 1834 in County Armagh, Ireland. He came to the US in 1863 on an old East Indian square-rigger. He landed in New York penniless, as his pocket was picked on board. James worked on a farm in New Jersey for a bit, then moved to Canada where he met his

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The Joseph Burt Home

Joseph Burt was born in 1852 near Dunfermline, Scotland, north of Edinburgh. He came to the US with his parents and three siblings in 1854. His father was a mining engineer who worked in the coal fields of Pennsylvania and Ohio before becoming a blacksmith in Boone County, Iowa. Joseph farmed near Estherville, Iowa before

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