A small community, though the largest on Orcas Island is at the head of East Sound. It was named for the body of water on which it is located. Comfortable old houses with orchards are scattered behind the few frame business buildings along the bay shore.
This seven mile long bay, with an average width of two to three miles is in the central area of Orcas Island extending north to almost bisect the island. It is named, in conjunction with West Sound, for its position on Orcas Island. In 1841, Charles Wilkes charted it as Ironside Inlet, for the nickname of the famous U.S. frigate Constitution.