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Frenchtown Historic Site

8364 Old Highway 12, Walla Walla, WA, Walla Walla, WA 99362
+1 509-522-3763
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A Bit of a Yawner

While our past is important to know, some aspects leave something to be desired. Frenchtown -like a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Paul F
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Walla Walla, Washington
History that few remember is most revealing

Picture a windswept grassland under a boundless sky. Ryegrass, sagebrush, hawks, gopher snakes... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Itswoots
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Walla Walla, WA
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The Frenchtown Historic site lies within the original homeland of the Walla Walla and Cayuse Tribes. French-Canadian voyageurs settled here with their Métis families beginning in 1823. In 1855, the area was also the site of the Battle of Walla Walla. Points of interest include the St. Rose Cemetery and a cabin believed to be the oldest example of French-Canadian construction in Washington State.
  • Excellent27%
  • Very good27%
  • Average37%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible0%
Dec 4, 2017
“This site is a do-it-yourself location”
Nov 8, 2017
“Good for a quick visit”
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
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8364 Old Highway 12, Walla Walla, WA, Walla Walla, WA 99362
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While our past is important to know, some aspects leave something to be desired. Frenchtown -like a small myriad of Frenchtowns across the Intermountain West- is named after the French-Canadians who worked in the fur trade industry up to mid-19th century. Many married local Indian...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Picture a windswept grassland under a boundless sky. Ryegrass, sagebrush, hawks, gopher snakes, and coyotes are the inheritors of the site but there was a time when a village was here. Fur traders, trappers, voyageurs and others who worked at Ft. Nez Perce (later renamed...More

Thank Itswoots
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Reviewed December 5, 2017

Learn about this place online before you go, then put your blinders on so you won't be distracted by the horse corrals, trailers, and highway right on the edges. There are panels with lots of text to tell the story of this place, and thankfully...More

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Reviewed November 9, 2017 via mobile

There are only a few buildings and a memorial. The site is information about local Native American and French settlers. Interesting history. It’s in a scenic location as well. The Whitman Mission is nearby. If you like local history, go there as well

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Reviewed October 22, 2017

Not a lot too look at but very informative historical site. Provides insight to the importance of Native American contributions to the area.

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Reviewed August 28, 2017

There's not a lot here, but it is interesting to read about the place and to see the very old cabin. It's right off the main road, so it's worth the time to stop by. It helps if you are already familiar with area history....More

Thank Knansea
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Reviewed August 25, 2017

My wife and I have a longstanding interest in French settlements in the U.S., so we were happy to get to visit here. Basically, there is one building (partly reconstructed, if I understood correctly) that remains from a thriving French Canadian community. There is also...More

Thank Thomas F
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Reviewed June 26, 2017

I've been out here four or so times now. Each time I learn a little more about my own family's history, and the history of Washington and Oregon. Even having taken the required Washington State History course in 7th grade, I still had never heard...More

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Reviewed June 22, 2017

This is a great place to stop and view a bit of history at your leisure. lot of pioneer family names and history of the families. Nice covered area.

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Reviewed May 23, 2017 via mobile

This is worth a quick stop on the way to or from Walla Walla to learn a piece of local history. There is so much more to this area than getting caught up with only wine or a college visit. Stopping here and at the...More

1  Thank Steve F
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