Freeland is a town on the south shore of Holmes Harbor on Whidbey Island in southern Island County. The name is for the Free Land Association, a cooperative and somewhat socialistic organization which founded the town in 1900. The site had been platted previously by real estate promoters as St. Louis, but no town resulted. At one brief period the place was called Newell, which was a post office name only. (Ramsey, Island County, p. 25).