Frenchtown Partners is a coalition of interested parties which, under the leadership of Frenchtown Historical Foundation (FHF), is dedicated to the interpretation of the history and culture of the early French-Canadian community in the Walla Walla Valley as well as the preservation of the Battle of Walla Walla (1855), St. Rose of Lima Mission and Cemetery (est. 1876). The fifty-seven acre Frenchtown Historic Site (8364 Old Highway 12, Walla Walla) is located near U.S. Route 12 approximately 8 miles west of Walla Walla, two miles west of the Whitman Mission and one mile west of Frenchtown Road. The site is open daily from dawn to dusk with no admission charge.
The Frenchtown Historical Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and is currently raising funds for the restoration of what could be the oldest existing cabin in the state of Washington. FHF also cares for the shelter, cemetery and trails that comprise the rest of the twenty-seven acre, upper portion of the historic site. The lower portion, consisting of thirty acres, remains a natural area and was transferred to the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in partnership with FHF. In addition to the cabin capital campaign, FHF offers general memberships to help fund site management and other activities.
See the “News & Events” tab for preservation and interpretation activities, including the Frenchtown Rendezvous and St. Jean Baptiste Day. Be sure to browse other tabs to learn more information regarding local tribes, early Frenchtown families, FHF membership and contacts. Visit the Frenchtown Historical Foundation on Facebook for additional photos and other features.
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. Continue another mile west on Old Highway 12 to the Frenchtown entrance. A Frenchtown Area Map is available.