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Living History Performance: Fred Stine, Pickling Demonstration

  • Fort Walla Walla Museum 755 Myra Road Walla Walla, WA, 99362 United States (map)

Food preservation is an important skill people needed in the past. Fred Stine will bring the ingredients and the knowledge to show visitors how to make dill pickles. Stine represents one of Walla Walla's best rags-to-riches stories. He arrived in Walla Walla in 1862 with no more than the clothes on his back and 75 cents in his pocket, but he eventually built the largest brick hotel in the Washington Territory. After Stine’s arrival, he quickly went about earning the trust of local residents who lent him sufficient funds to set up a lucrative blacksmith shop serving the needs of miners making their way to Idaho’s gold fields, pioneers from the Oregon Trail, and the military at Fort Walla Walla. With the fortune he made, Stine not only retired his debts in a few short months but soon amassed enough to construct the Stine House in 1872, the largest brick hotel in the region.

Fred Stine is portrayed by Touchet agribusinessman Charles Saranto.