Pomeroy is a pretty town in a big county that most people have never visited. That’s a mistake.
To see just a few of the things that make Pomeroy proud, we will travel to the Eastern Washington Agricultural Museum.
This museum was founded by a handful of residents who worked to collect, preserve, display and educate the public with items, stories, and information related to agricultural history. Its extensive collection of farm machinery, equipment, horse-drawn implements, tractors, fire trucks, and other machinery dates from the late 1800s through the 1950s. It also includes vintage household items and a cook shack used to prepare meals during harvest.
After our museum visit, we’ll head to the Pataha Flour Mill. A working mill from 1889 to 1943, the 3-story wooden structure is now run as a non-profit ministry by the Van Vogt family.
Much of the original equipment is still in excellent condition, which makes for a great educational experience. In addition to tours of the mill, we will enjoy one of their home-style meals. A gift shop and a collection of historic cameras are also on site.
This will be a great day to immerse yourself in the agricultural history of the Palouse region.
Here’s the itinerary of that day:
8:45 am - Meet at the Walla Walla Community College parking lot. We’ll form into carpools and be on the road by 9:00. If you are a passenger, $10 per head paid to your driver will help pay for the gas.
10:15 - We’ll arrive at the Eastern Washington Agricultural Museum. Admission is by donation. Recommended amount is $5 to $10 per person.
12:15 - Lunch at the Pataha Flour Mills. Lunch is also by donation. Recommended amount is $10 per lunch. Following lunch, we’ll have a tour of the flour mills.
2:00 - Leave for Walla Walla.
3:15 - Arrive in Walla Walla.
This event is made possible by the generous support of Pape´ Machinery.