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Posted on: April 27, 2023

New Town exhibit explores San Juan Island’s Old Military Road

The six-panel display tells the story of a road that connected American and English soldiers geographically, socially, and politically during the Pig War joint occupation years on San Juan Island.  “This exhibit also introduces the continuing efforts of the Old Military Road Trail Committee (OMRT) to create a commemorative trail honoring our island’s unique history and beauty,” said OMRT chairperson Robin Donnelly.

The OMRT invites the public to a ribbon cutting at noon Monday, May 1st at the breezeway located at the intersection of Second and Spring Streets. The installation coincides with Friday Harbor’s History Lives Here month and will be on display until spring 2024.  

This project was made possible by the Town of Friday Harbor and Old Military Road Trail Committee through the hard work and support of the San Juan Historical Museum, National Park Service-San Juan Island National Historical Park, photographer Kathleen Ballard, historian Mike Vouri, former Town historian Sandy Strehlou, concept/designers Shaun Hubbard and Robin Donnelly, Printonyx, and building owners Alicia and Jeff Carnevali.  For more information on the OMRT, visit

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