LOWDEN -- An opening and dedication ceremony for a new historical site marking the 1855 Battle of Walla Walla will be held Saturday.
The Frenchtown Historical Foundation will dedicate the 27-acre Frenchtown Historic Site starting at 1 p.m., said foundation member Daniel Clark. The site is on Old Highway 12 two miles west of the Whitman Mission. A reception at the Frenchtown Hall in Lowden will follow.
The event will take place on the 155th anniversary of the Battle of Walla Walla and will include the rededication of the 1876 Frenchtown Cemetery, where early Frenchtown residents, including several tribal members, are buried.
In a release, Clark said the opening of the site culminates more than five years work by the Frenchtown Historical Foundation to establish the new site.
Along with acquiring the land, work included performing an archaeological survey, developing a master plan, working with the state Department of Transportation on highway location and cemetery protection.
The foundation's efforts also involved cooperating with the local conservation district and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation on restoring native vegetation as well as consulting with historians, the Tamstslikt Cultural Institute and others on historical interpretation.
Information is available at 522-0399 or on-line at www.frenchtownpartners.org.