Walla Walla Historic Cemeteries will be leading a tour of three abandoned cemeteries on Saturday, October 26. The event is sponsored by the local chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America in honor of International Archaeology Day.
Participants will board a bus provided by Walla Walla University at 9:00 a.m. in the Walla Walla Community College parking lot, which will take them to the Stubblefield (Saling) Cemetery on Foster Road in the foothills of the Blue Mountains, where they will tour the cemetery and have an opportunity to participate in an assessment of its needs, as well as helping with plans for mapping the cemetery and finding the location of unmarked graves.
After Stubblefield, participants will move on to the Lyons Creek (Hendrix) Cemetery, northeast of Mill Creek and Meiners roads, for another tour and assessment of the site and its needs. The most prominent burial there is of William Davies, who established a Mormon schismatic community on Scenic Loop and Mormon Grade and declared his son to be the reincarnation of Jesus Christ. More information on Davies and his community is at http://ww2020.net/history-websites/william-davies-and-the-walla-walla-jesus
The final site on the tour will be the Rose Hill Cemetery at the corner of Middle Waitsburg and Smith roads, after which the bus will return by 3:00 p.m. Rose Hill is closer to the road than Stubblefield or Lyons Creek, both of which require considerable walking from the road.
Walla Walla Historic Cemeteries (WWHC) has been granted a Certificate of Authority by the Washington Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation for the care and maintenance of each of these abandoned cemeteries. The original owners of each cemetery deeded the grounds to a cemetery association in the 1800s, but all of these associations have been long disbanded.
To register for the October 26 cemetery tour, for which the cost is $30 for adults, and $15 for students, please email Sarah Davies (AIA-Walla Walla president) at email@example.com
. All proceeds will go to a Walla Walla Historic Cemeteries graveyard preservation fund.