Friday, March 28, 2008

Vouri as Captain George Pickett

Captain Pickett

Mike Vouri playing Captain George Pickett

Now that the pig is dead dear reader, forgive me if I skip ahead just a little. Mr. Cutlar has words with Charles Griffin, before but not long before, Company D, 9th Infantry, US Army comes to the rescue. It is he who was in charge of Company D that requires me to leap ahead. Leading the local infantry was none other than Captain George Pickett, the same Pickett who later led the ill fated Pickett's Charge for the Confederacy, the last fight on the last day of the Battle of Gettysburg.

Author, actor, historian and National Park Ranger Mike Vouri, author of the definitive book on the Pig War, The Pig War: Standoff at Griffin Bay will perform his one-man play in the character of Captain, then General George Pickett for a donation-only dress rehearsal at 7:30 P.M., Friday April 4 on the Whittier stage of the San Juan Community Theater. The rehearsal is in preparation for an April 17 (6 p.m.) appearance in the Microsoft Auditorium of the new Seattle Central Library. Vouri will be accompanied by folk musician Michael Cohen.

Officers Quarters, National Park Service, Mike Vouri
Captain George Pickett had the officers’ quarters built in 1860 on San Juan Island.
Captain Pickett shared the quarters with 1st Lieutenant James W. Forsyth.
This building is the only remaining structure from the original camp.

The Old McRae Place aka The Officers Quarters

Between the Pig War and the National Park restoring the Officers Quarters the the house was occupied by a series of families including my father's. My dad was 7 years old when his family moved here from Wolf Springs, Montana to farm at American camp. When I was a little girl my grandparents lived here.


  1. I remember driving by the house, in the summer's of the 1950's-60's ...dirt road- only way to get to South Beach, Granny's Cove, Fish Creek. We had a dusty old '50 Plymouth station wagon filled with various kids at various times...and in the summer, there was ALWAYS a gang of kids- mostly girls (I liked that!)- running around that was painted barn-red, I believe, and the water tower, which had endlessly fascinated me as a child, is long gone, now. Those were the days!

  2. Those were the days alright! Only I bet when you were seeing kids at the old house was after the McRae old folks passed away and the place was sold to another family. I was hardly more than a toddler when the old folks died and our family didn't really hang out there though we did go to see Ma & Pa McRae. The house was barn red until the park restored it. After it became part of the park but before it was restored I remember going there with my Dad a few times just to look around. That would have been in the 60s. What really impressed me was the two seater outhouse!