The San Juan Islands were originally an ancient mountain range. During the Ice Age, the islands were scoured by huge glaciers, scarring the mountains and compressing the lowlands below sea level.

Native Americans hunted and fished the San Juans as long as 1,500 years ago. In 1791, the Spanish explored the area and named San Juan Island after the Viceroy of New Spain. In 1792, the British assumed title from Spain and in 1853 the Hudson's Bay Company developed Bellevue Farm as a cattle station and trading post on San Juan Island.

Westcott Bay is located on San Juan Island in northwest Washington State near the Canadian border. The bay was named by Captain Henry Kellett to honor Captain George Blagdon Westcott, a British naval hero at the 1798 Battle of the Nile. Captian Kellett is credited with making the first detailed charts of the area in 1846 for the British Admiralty. Kellett retained many of the original Spanish place names, assigning general use names to some locations and naming others after naval officers such as Westcott.

Nearby English Camp on Garrison Bay, now a National Park was occupied by British Marines during the Pig War of 1859-1872 which led to the final boundary settlement between England and the United States. Early settlers, such as Joe Rueff, Robert and Richard Scurr continued develop the original limestone works at Roche Harbor and farmed the area.

Westcott Bay Cider located on the Northwest side of Westcott bay, is one of several old orchards in the area which date back to the 1870's when San Juan Island was a major fruit producing area for the Puget Sound region. The original orchard was replanted in the mid 1990's and released its first cider in 1999. In 2010 Westcott Bay Cider added new partners, with a passion for spirits and permitted, purchased and installed a pot still.

We welcome visitors, with sales and tastings Thursday - Sunday between Memorial Day and Labor Day 1-4 pm. For other visits please call ahead - 360.378.2606/360.378.3880.

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