Visiting Historic Lopez Village
Steeped in history and culture, Lopez has a little bit of everything to offer a curious traveler
Lopez Village is the commercial hub of the island, located about 4.5 miles from the ferry landing nestled along the entrance to Fisherman Bay. In the Village, find out more about local history at the Lopez Island Historical Museum. In addition to restaurants, cafes, shops, a gift, fudge and ice cream shop and galleries, you will also find grocery stores, a pharmacy, community center, a winery tasting room, espresso shops, a bookshop, a bakery, a medical clinic, post office and bank.
Stop at the Chamber of Commerce office to stock up on maps and find out information about local businesses and what to do while on Lopez Island. In the Village, in addition to restaurants, cafes, shops, a gift, fudge and ice cream shop and galleries, you will also find grocery stores, a pharmacy, community center, a winery tasting room, espresso shops, a bookshop, a bakery, a medical clinic, post office and bank.
A visit to the Lopez Historical Society & Museum provides an overview of the rich and varied past of Lopez Island. Here you can learn how Lopez Island’s relatively flat landscape, abundant fishing, mild weather and fertile land was a draw for coastal tribes for thousands of years, and how the first non-Native settler came to Lopez around 1850, and settled in what is now Lopez Village. Hiram E. Hutchinson married a Tlingit woman, Mary. Hiram's sister, Irene Weeks, arrived in 1873 and became the first postmaster. In 1870, just 70 people lived on Lopez; by 1930, 134 farms were growing apples, cherries, apricots, plums and vegetables, as well as sheep and cattle. One hundred forty years later, a community of about 2,400 people call Lopez home.
The Lopez Island Historical Society & Museum maintains a huge photo and document archive, where you can search for long-lost relatives or vintage images of your island home. Along with permanent First Islanders and Natural History displays, you may see exhibits on farming, fishing, place name origins or island communities.
Visit the Lopez Island Vineyards Tasting room in Lopez Village, where you can taste delicious island-grown wines made at their family run winery. Lopez Island Vineyards produces fine wines from estate, organically grown grapes and select vineyards in the Yakima Valley.
Lopez Center for Community and the Arts is a critical part of life on the island. Located on some 7 acres of land in the middle of Lopez Village, The Center has committed the use of some of the land to an outdoor performance pavilion, the Lopez Children’s Center, the Family Resource Center, the Farmers' Market, a community garden, and a skateboard park. It sits proudly in the middle of an expansive greensward with drought- and deer-resistant landscaping.