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Langley, Washington

Langley, a town of just over a thousand residents with a quaint New England feel, is home to a lively art community, vineyard, dozens of B&B's and guest cottages, a hotel, and a half dozen fine dining possibilities. Only an hour's drive from Seattle with a sheltered ferry crossing from Mukilteo, Langley sits on a bluff overlooking the waters of Puget Sound at the pastoral southern end of Whidbey Island.

History

Though named for a respected Seattle judge, J. W. Langley, the town was founded by a German immigrant named Jacob Anthes. Too young to obtain a property deed in his own name, the teenage Anthes homesteaded for several years before buying the 120 acre tract of the future settlement. He paid $100 for it, and within two decades Langley wharfs, warehouses, schools, and a telephone system that is still locally owned and operated today.

Arts and Culture

In 1919 Langley elected its first female mayor, backed by an all-woman city council, just months after women were first granted the right to vote. Thus it does not surprise that in 1960's and 70's the hippie movement found a haven in Langley, despite the concerns of its more straight-laced citizens. As a result of this legacy, artisans now display their craftwork, art glass, and jewelry in numerous studios and galleries, while a literary community centers around several community theatres and a well regarded writers' conference.

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