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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 tule lodge

The tule lodge offers a comfortable place for the people inside. The structure is held up by wooden poles and covered with mats made of tule. Tules are a type of sedge; they grow in marshy areas; and are also called "bullrushes." Tules are stronger than they look. A tule lodge can withstand rain and wind.