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The sixth annual Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day celebration was held on June 24, 2017 at the Frenchtown Historic Site.

The 2017 Frenchtown Rendezvous will be held on October 7, 2017 at Assumption Parish Hall.

What a great day!  The Frenchtown Rendezvous was held at Assumption Church Parish Hall in Walla Walla (2098 E. Alder St.) on October 8, 2016. Our speakers were Michel Bouchard and Rob Foxcurran, co-authors of Songs Upon the Rivers. Bouchard's and Foxcurran's work focuses particularly on the Pacific Northwest, including Frenchtown. Check out the photo album!

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The scenic Frenchtown Historic site brings together many threads of the history of the Walla Walla valley. It lies within the homeland of the Walla Walla and Cayuse Tribes. French-Canadian voyageurs associated with the Hudson’s Bay Company trading post at Fort Nez Perces settled here with their Métis families beginning in 1823. In 1855, this area was also the site of the Battle of Walla Walla, fought between Oregon Mounted Volunteers and members of the Walla Walla, Cayuse, Palouse and Yakama tribes. Points of interest at the site include the St. Rose Cemetery and the recently restored "Prince's cabin", believed to be the oldest example of French-Canadian construction in Washington state. Interpretive signage provides family histories and burial records as well as information on the Oregon trail, the fur trade, the interactions between local tribes and settlers, and more.

Maintenance and development of the site is made possible by contributions to the Frenchtown Historic Foundation, a as well as the volunteer efforts of local historians and descendants of the original families.

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