Walla Walla in Walla Walla County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
Welcome to the Prince's Cabin
The Prince's cabin is thought to be the oldest standing cabin in the state of Washington. It originally stood at a Cayuse wintering place just upstream of Marcus and Narcissa Whitman's Presbyterian mission, two miles east of the Frenchtown Historic Site. Narcissa Whitman refers to its presence in a letter from January 1944, telling of the recent move by an immigrant family from the crowded mission building to "the Prince's house up the river." After the killing of the Whitmans in 1847, and during the ensuing war of 1855, the village site and the cabin were likely abandoned.
The land and cabin were acquired by the Smith family around 1888. Oral history indicates the cabin was moved from its original location "across water". If so, this move would have taken place early on, perhaps when Marcus Whitman rerouted a portion of the river for his mill race. But 1860, the first Government Land Office survey of the area notes a house on the precise
In 1855, the Cayuse, Walla Walla, and Umatilla Indian Tribes signed a treaty ceding more than 6.4 million acres of what is now northeastern Oregon and southeastern Washington to the United States, including the Frenchtown area. Although the treaty was ratified by Congress in 1859, the last Cayuse were not forced off the land in this area until 1861, when white settlers demanded their removal, threatening to hang hostages if they stayed. In the same year, Albert and Elizabeth Blanchard laid claim to the property where the cabin still stood. The Homestead Act of 1862 officially opened the land up for settlement, and the Blanchards filed their land patent in Vancouver, Washington in 1866.
Erected 2016 by Frenchtown Historical Foundation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable Buildings • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 46° 2.991′ N, 118° Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8519 Old Highway 12, Walla Walla WA 99362, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hudson's Bay Company (here, next to this marker); The Prince (here, next to this marker); French-Canadian Cabin Design (here, next to this marker); St. Rose Mission (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Local Tribes (approx. 0.2 miles away); Frenchtown (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Battle of Walla Walla (approx. 0.2 miles away); Saint Rose Mission (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Walla Walla.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 28, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 39 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 28, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.