A stroll through the museum’s Pioneer Village offers a taste of real life in and around Walla Walla in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Encircling a common area, the 17 structures range from cabins and a school to blacksmith and dentist shops — all filled with interesting furnishings and artifacts. Visitors can see the places where real people lived, worked, played, and attended school. The Village includes 15 original buildings from within 30 miles of Walla Walla, including:
The Ransom Clark Cabin: Clark, a member of the 1843 Fremont surveying expedition, returned to settle in the valley and began building a log house in 1859. The large structure features two living areas separated by a breezeway.
The Kennedy Playhouse: A charming miniature house built in 1903 by Henry and Clara Baker for their daughter, Henrietta, the playhouse showcases a doll collection and other child-sized artifacts, from dishes to a toy ironing board.
Doctor’s Office: In the late 1800s local doctor Dorsey Baker may have used an office like this one, equipped with medical furnishings, instruments, and supplies of the day. The structure was originally a cabin that stood on the Fort’s grounds.
Babcock Railroad Depot: In the 1880s, trains picked up passengers at small stations like this one built by the Northern Pacific near Eureka, Washington. It’s authenticity is enhanced by a collection of railroad artifacts from the region.
Prescott Jail: When troublemakers celebrated too freely at the several taverns in Prescott, a town in the middle of wheat fields and farms 20 miles from Walla Walla, they likely saw the inside of this jail, built in 1903.
Union School: Original blackboards and lamp brackets are among the features of Union School, one of the oldest and best preserved one-room schoolhouses in the area.