Pioneer evangelists portrayed at Fort Walla Walla Museum


WALLA WALLA — Pioneer Seventh-day Adventist leaders Augusta Moorehouse and Caroline Maxson Wood will be re-enacted at the Living History portrayal at 2 p.m. Sunday in Fort Walla Walla Museum, 755 Myra Road.

Caroline Maxson Wood came to the Walla Walla Valley by wagon train in 1859 with her husband J. Franklin Wood, her parents Stephen and Lois Maxson, and her three siblings.

Wood is portrayed by Gladys Wentland.

They settled in the Russell Creek area. Stephen Maxson later brought the first piano to the valley via Cape Horn for his musical daughter, who became a teacher in the Walla Walla schools and eventually a music teacher at Walla Walla College.

Wood’s husband served as superintendent of the Walla Walla school district and was one of the first Seventh-day Adventist evangelists in the area.

Moorehouse, portrayed by Cleo Forgey, was a native of Wurtenberg, Germany, who emigrated to the United States at age 9.

In 1861, she, her husband and eight children came to the Walla Walla region as part of the Morgan wagon train, settling on Birch Creek.

She was a pioneer Seventh-day Adventist settler in the Walla Walla Valley and was instrumental in founding the first Walla Walla and Milton-Freewater Adventist churches.

Her son, Major Lee Moorehouse, was a famed photographer of Indians and the West, a lieutenant colonel in the Bannock War, and also served as mayor of Pendleton and Indian agent at the Umatilla Reservation.

Wood and Moorehouse will discuss the life and visions of Ellen White, Seventh-day Adventist prophetess.

Performances are held in the pioneer settlement at Fort Walla Walla Museum.

Visitors are encouraged to question re-enactors about their lives and times.

The Museum is open daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., through October.

Admission is free to Fort Walla Walla Museum members, eligible service personnel and their families through the Blue Star Museums program, Tamástslikt Cultural Institute’s Inwai Circle cardholders, enrolled members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, and all children under 6.

Paid admission is $3 for children 6-12; $6 for seniors 62 and up and students and $7 for adults. Admission fees can be applied to a membership.

Call 509-525-7703, or email


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