Rebecca Ebey’s tale will be told at Crockett Barn in Coupeville

Jill Johnson, storyteller, presents “Rebecca - The Story of Rebecca Ebey” Aug. 5. - --
Jill Johnson, storyteller, presents “Rebecca - The Story of Rebecca Ebey” Aug. 5.
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The Island County Historical Society hosts a special presentation by award-winning storyteller Jill Johnson Sunday, Aug. 5 at the Crockett Barn on Central Whidbey.

“Rebecca - the Story of Rebecca Ebey,” is based on the diary journals of one of Whidbey Island’s first settlers and wife of Isaac Ebey.  Her story is touching and always entertaining and documents early settler life on what is now known as Ebey’s Prairie.

Rebecca’s husband was a well-known Washington pioneer, homesteader, legislator and military commander. The story is told through the words of Rebecca Ebey’s diary, which began three months after her arrival on Whidbey Island in June of 1852 and ended abruptly with her death in September 1853.

The diary is a remarkable document revealing a bright, sensitive, young woman facing huge hardships caused by weather, isolation and loneliness, pregnancy, illness and relentless, hard physical work.

However, Rebecca also shares her joys: the beauty of the land, strong friendships and a sense of accomplishment as she and Isaac together create a community.

Johnson premiered her two-hour, one-woman show earlier this year at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts to rave reviews.

“After I saw her show, I knew we had to host another performance at one of the local farms on Ebey’s Reserve,” Rick Castellano, executive director of the Island County Historical Museum, said. “The Crockett Barn is the perfect venue for the show, and surely the Ebeys knew the Crocketts and were at one time on the same land we will be on for the show.”

“Jill has also added live, period-music to the show. It really sets the feeling,” Castellano added.

“Rebecca” starts at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5. From 12:30 to 3 p.m., the Island County Museum will offer an old-fashioned “Prairie Dog” (Polish sausage on a bun) barbecue. Beer and wine will be available. Food and beverage sales benefit the Island County Museum’s operations.

Tickets for the show are $10 per person. For reserved seating, call 678-3310 or visit the museum at 908 NW Alexander St., Coupeville.

This event is sponsored by the Island County Historical Society, Ebey’s Landing  National Historical Reserve and the Friends of the Coupeville Library.


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