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Address: U.S. Route 12, Walla Walla, WA
Phone Number: 509-522-6360
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Description: This National Historic Site marks the location of the Waiilatpu Mission, a...
This National Historic Site marks the location of the Waiilatpu Mission, a Presbyterian mission ministering to the Cayuse Indians from 1836 to 1847. The mission, a way station for Oregon Trail pioneers, ended tragically with the killing of missionaries by the Cayuse.
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Great free activity

Whitman Mission is a short drive outside of Walla Walla. It is a free activity and it is worth it to request to watch the video which gives a well-rounded account of the massacre... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015
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Bremerton, Washington
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Bremerton, Washington
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Whitman Mission is a short drive outside of Walla Walla. It is a free activity and it is worth it to request to watch the video which gives a well-rounded account of the massacre and events that led up to it. You can then walk around where the mission was and listen to and read about where each building was... More 

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Stevenson, Washington
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6 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

relaxing, historic, peacefull, see it once, maybe go again in five years, always wanted to visit, know history, but didnt know details, I feel educated, something I felt I was lacking in knowledge, but wanted to fullfill my wantings to fill in the gaps...

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Westford, Massachusetts
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

The video in the visitor center was really interesting, but the hike to the top of the hill where the monument is was too far to walk on a 100 degree August day.

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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Excellent video tells both sides the story of the Whitman Mission. Well-done, small interior museum. The original buildings are gone, but a concrete footprint outlines the village plan in a grassy area lined by a paved path with explanatory markers. You can walk up the hill to the burial site of the Whitmans. Very limited gift shop. Choice of two... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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55 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Very interesting to learn about the Whitmans and what happened at the mission. Fair and balanced presentation.

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65 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We arrived at the Park on June 17, 45 minutes before closing, but we're told we could not come inside the visitors center, because they were closing. So, we walked around the grounds, but with few signs to explain what we were seeing, we had to rely on what we had read online. It is a short but steep walk... More 

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Cecilia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

The Whitman Mission is a bit out of the way, but it is well worth the time to visit. It preserves the site of the Christian mission of Marcus and Narcissa Whitman, who are buried on the grounds. The tragic story of the Whitmans has often been presented as a tale of treachery on the part of the ungrateful Cayuse... More 

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Woodland, California, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

I took the advise of another review and watched the film before touring the grounds - really glad I did. It wouldnt make much sense the other way around. Excellent balanced presentation explaining how complicated this incident really was.

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West Richland, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This visit refreshed my memory from my school days about the Whitman Mission massacre. I had remembered it pretty well, but the US Park Service exhibit was excellent. You could walk the grounds and really feel what the Whitmans must have felt. It also made you confront the whole concept of religious missionary work which led to this situation. Quite... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

This is the site of the Whitman Mission - where John and Narcissa Whitman settled in 1838, I think, to convert neighboring Native Americans (Cayuse Indians, primarily) to Christianity. It didn't go well for anyone, to say the least. The site is fascinating because the landmarks for the mission are very evident and their story is quite compelling. Be prepared... More 

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