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    Whitman Mission

    National Historic Site Washington

Apple Orchard

today's apple orchard

The apple orchard at Whitman Mission National Historic Site.

NPS collection

The apple trees planted by the Whitmans are long gone.

In the 1950's a new apple orchard was planted. No list was found of the types of apples that Whitman planted, so the following "old fashioned" varieties were chosen:

Northern Spy

Wagner apples were also considered for the orchard, but were not available at planting time.



Memorandum from Whitman Mission Superintendent to Regional Director, Region IV. May 8, 1955.

Did You Know?

picture of sawmill sign

The mission at Waiilatpu had a sawmill supplying it with needed cut lumber. It was located in the Mill Creek drainage. Lumber was needed for the split rail fences and finishing the houses built at the mission.