by John Fannin COUPEVILLE – For nearly 150 years Sunnyside Cemetery has dotted the landscape near Coupeville, the first city formed in Washington state. During a visit to Whidbey Island this summer we went to Sunnyside Cemetery looking to see if some of my wife’s ancestors were buried there. Instead, we found a charming, quaint and not-at-all scary graveyard. At least during the day. But who knows what ghouls may lurk during the night hours of this Halloween season? But I digress. Sunnyside Cemetery gets its name because, according to tradition, the headstones – many of them elegant and Victorian - face the same direction overlooking the sunny farmland of Ebey’s Landing. Now a national historic preserve, the landing takes its name from Isaac Ebey, Whidbey Island’s first homesteader, who in 1857 was beheaded by the Kake Indians. A scouting project about 10 years ago helped restore the Isaac Ebey marker and those of his family at the cemetery, which are now set aside by a white picket fence. For more on this cemetery and the slice of Washington pioneer life it offers visit sunnysidecemetery.org.