Kirkman House Museum, Walla Walla

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Kirkman House MuseumThe Kirkman House is an authentic example of the luxurious 1880s, a period of extensive growth for Walla Walla in downtown business buildings and in fine homes. The Kirkman house is one of the Northwest’s most outstanding Victorian structures. It was built by William Kirkman, who left Bolton, England in the middle of the 19th century and made money in cattle in the West. The family moved into the home in 1880, and it was home to three generations of Kirkmans before the family gave it to Whitman College in 1919.William and Isabella KirkmanWilliam Kirkman came to Boston from Lancashire County, England as a young man in the 1850s. His goal was to sell textiles, but he was lured to California by the Gold Rush. His quest for wealth via prospecting led him also to British Columbia, Australia and Idaho. He also invested in cattle in California and drove them to Boise and in 1866 he drove a pack train of miners' supplies from Walla Walla, Washington to Montana.William met Isabella Potts in San Francisco and they married in 1867. They moved to Idaho where William continued his interest in the cattle business. After a brief return to California, they moved to Walla Walla and made it their permanent home. William Kirkman formed a partnership in cattle with John Dooley, which was a successful one despite a heavy loss of livestock during the severe winter of 1881. William also became involved in wheat farming as well as cattle, and operated two farms.Although he had left his family back in England, William was a regular correspondent. He sent not only letters, but sometimes gold dust to his father and stepmother. In time he was able to convince two of his brothers, James and John, to immigrate to the United States. John Kirkman involved himself in William's businesses and became active in community affairs.
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  • Two stories of wonderful preservation of this historical home. Work is still ongoing, but most of the home is complete with family antiques. Also included are womans vintage clothing with matching hat...  more »
  • We gathered a group of eight friends for a fun night of playing the murder mystery at the museum game. It was the best time! We each chose a Walla Walla historic character and went through the dark ho...  more »
  • If you like having fun while learning a bit of history this is for you! As a birthday surprise for my daughter we took the whole family to the Kirkman museum for “Murder at the Museum” . Going in not ...  more »
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  • I love going to the Kirkman house. It has become me and my Aunt Judy's favorite Christmas tradition. Every time I go I always learn something new. When I walk in I'm always greeted with a warm welcome and a Kind smile. There is so many amazing things to see. When ever I leave I think these 2 things 1. How cool will it be to live here. 2. I can't wait for next year. This event makes me want to go on to the next year because I know each day will bring me closer to the day I get to come back.
  • Went for their murder mystery night. Very entertaining and managed to creep myself out. Would do it again!
  • By the looks from the outside, would probably be nice to visit, but, when looking on website, it has hours posted. When you get there, someone inside is decorating a christmas tree, but sign says "closed for winter maintenance". UPDATE YOUR WEB SITE PLEASE
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