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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:

Baldwin
Northern Spy
Spitzenberg
Winesap

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

 


Sources:

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

Did You Know?

Brass compass which belonged to Dr. Whitman

In the fall of 1842 Dr. Whitman decided to travel from Waiilatpu to Boston. He wanted to convince the board members to keep his mission station open. Dr. Whitman was in such a hurry when he left that he forgot his compass.