Frenchtown Partners is a coalition of interested parties under the leadership of Frenchtown Historical Foundation, dedicated to preserving and interpreting the site of the 1855 Battle of Walla Walla, the 1876 St. Rose of Lima Mission and Cemetery established on the grounds of the historic battlefield, and the heart of old Frenchtown in the Walla Walla Valley. The fifty-seven acre Frenchtown Historic Site, 8364 Old Highway 12, Walla Walla, is located on US 12 approximately 8 miles west of Walla Walla, two miles west of the Whitman Mission, and one mile west of Frenchtown Road, with its entrance on Old Highway 12. The site is open daily from dawn to dusk with no admission charge.
The Frenchtown Historical Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, is currently raising funds for restoration of the oldest existing cabin in Washington State, and maintenance of the twenty-seven acres comprising the upper portion of the site. The lower portion, consisting of thirty additional acres, remains a natural area, and has been conveyed to the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in partnership with the Frenchtown foundation. In addition to its cabin capital campaign, the foundation offers general memberships to help fund site management and other activities.
See the News link for preservation and interpretation activities, including the annual Frenchtown Rendezvous Dinner & Cultural Gathering on Saturday, October 4, 2014, as well as the annual St. Jean Baptiste Day celebration on Saturday, June 21, 2014. See also other links including Membership, Contacts, Introduction to the Frenchtown Historic Site, History of Frenchtown, Local Tribes, the Battle of Walla Walla, Saint Rose Mission, Saint Rose Cemetery, Landscape & Wildlife, Early Frenchtown Families, the Baker Railroad, Metis Dances, Metis History, the Oregon Trail, a site map & brochure, and related links.
To get to Frenchtown from new Highway 12, turn south on Frenchtown Road seven miles west of Walla Walla at the sign for the Frenchtown Historic Site near mile post 329, turn right at Old Highway 12 and go one mile to the Frenchtown entrance on the right. Coming from Walla Walla on Old Highway 12, continue west past the Whitman Mission site one mile to the historical markers just east of Frenchtown Road, and continue another mile west on Old Highway 12 to the Frenchtown entrance. Click Here for a map.