It’s that time again! Fort Walla Walla Days will take place on Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16 from 10 am to 5 pm. A number of historic reenactors will be occupying encampments around the Museum grounds. Visitors will meet fur traders; Spanish-American War, Civil War, and Buffalo soldiers; old west cowboys; gold-rush miners; Lewis and Clark-era explorers; and early Walla Walla pioneers. There will even be a 19th-century chuck wagon on display! The forge in the blacksmith shop will again be set alight by two working smiths.
Living History performers will be making their homes in the Pioneer Village. The Daughters of the Pioneers will open up the Pioneer Cabin for guests to walk through and explore, and the Davis Cabin will be open as the new general store where props for the photo booth can be borrowed!
On Saturday there will be pioneer chore stations set up for kids to complete for a prize. They will collect eggs, learn about water power, get a lesson from a pioneer school teacher, plant something in a garden, and learn how to use a washboard to do laundry.
At 11:00 am on the upper level there will be a demo of a 1862 type 1 Gatling gun with a 58 caliber 6 barrel and army howitzer carriage.
Harris the harness maker will be giving a leatherworking demo at the harness shop and famed wilderness botanist David Douglas will lead a naturalist frontier discovery walk and show guests some native flora. Matilda Sager Delany, a survivor of the killings at Waiilatpu, will be giving a presentation about her life, and John Abbott will make an appearance to discuss the stagecoach line of early Walla Walla.
On Sunday there will be a flintknapping demonstration with Museum Director James Payne, dancing with E.B. and Maria Whitman, and live music performed by Jimmye, Glenn & Friends.
Food will be available to purchase from Granny’s Tamales. This is going to be a great event, and we hope to see you here at the old fort!
Admission is free to members and children under 6, $4 for children ages 6-12, $8 for seniors 62 and older and students, and $9 general admission. A schedule of events will be posted closer to the event date.
Fort Walla Walla Days is generously supported by Columbia REA, Marcus Whitman Hotel and Conference Center, and the Port of Walla Walla.