The history of Greenbank, Washington, a unique small town on Whidbey Island.
This brief history of Greenbank, Washington, covers the original native American inhabitants and the development of the Greenbank community by Calvin Philips, a realtor and insurance man.
In 1893, Cal Philips had control of 5000 acres of former railroad land but sales soured due to the stock market crashthat year. Unable to sell the land, he decided to build a large dairy farm, a wharf, a hotel, a post office, and a store to attract settlers to the area. This was the beginning of Greenbank and the farm that became the largest loganberry farm in the world. It was a model dairy farm at first, but tuberculosis infected the prize herd and the farm was eventually taken over by Mr. Molz, who was one of the founders of Pommerelle wine and St. Michelle wine.
In 1999, the Greenbank Farm was purchased by the community to prevent development. Today the town of Greenbank is still small, but it is a lively community with several festivals and seasonal gatherings that draw visitors from the mainland as well as Whidbey Island.