Historic Tour

Rich in history, the site of the Marymount Academy was settled in the 1850s by the James Longmire and Benjamin Franklin Wright parties after traveling west on the northern-most branch of the Oregon Trail. In 1919, 100 acres of the ranch was sold to the Sisters of St. Dominic, who then opened a school for boys in 1923 that would provide a Catholic education. Later, the school’s focus became not only education but also to prepare young men for service in the military. Many of the teachers at the school were active-duty officers from nearby Camp Lewis, now Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Marymount served as an English-as-a-second language academy in the 1970s and later became a retirement community for nuns. A docent will lead you through the boy’s dormitories, classrooms, and the convent where the nuns resided. You will also see the 1920’s era Marymount Chapel, complete with inch-thick stain-glass panels and a hand-painted ceiling fresco.

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