Olga was founded in 1860. The Olga Post Office, established in 1890, was in a log cabin at Buck Bay, then later moved to the building that housed the first store in Olga. Olga had the first public water supply on Orcas Island and the second school district. Named for the mother of the first storekeeper, this small hamlet has retained its rustic beauty practically undisturbed for more than 100 years. (Edited excerpt from Images of America Orcas Island, published by the Orcas Island Historical Society and Museum, page 29.)
A self-guided walking/driving tour and history of the Olga/Doe Bay areas may be picked up at the entrance of the Barreling Plant/Artworks Building .
The Artworks Building is located in the hamlet of Olga, south of Moran State Park on Orcas Island, the largest of the San Juan Islands in the state of Washington. See map on our "Contact Us" page.
There are several modes of transportation to Orcas Island and the beautiful San Juan Islands. In addition to the popular Washington State Ferries, visitors can also come by private boat, airplane or seaplane (including Kenmore Air) directly from several locations, depending on the season. No matter how you get here, the scenery is spectacular and getting here is half the fun!
Contact the Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce for all your Orcas Island information needs!
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