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Joseph Borst House

Standing along the banks of the Chehalis River since 1857, the Borst House was home to Joseph and Mary Borst, two influential settlers of the region.

The home was part of a significant land claim, 100 acres of which was later deeded by descendant Allen Borst to the City of Centralia for the creation of Fort Borst Park.

A replica of the Fort Borst Blockhouse stands in Fort Borst Bark near Borst Avenue. The original blockhouse was built in 1855-56 and wasn’t used for the protection of pioneers, but rather for grain storage. Joseph and Mary Borst once actually lived in the blockhouse for a time.

The Borst House and nearby Blockhouse are significant pieces of Centralia’s history. Centralia Police Department officers wear patches with the blockhouse as their central image as a nod to the history of the community.

Today the Borst Home is available for tours. Several open houses will be held in 2016 at the site, with dates and themes as follows:

• Pioneer Travel & Trade Routes - May 14, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
• Fashion Plates & Heirloom Gardens - June 11, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
• Old-Fashion Summer Social & Yard Games - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• Historic Cookbooks & Herbs for Everything - Aug. 13, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
• Quilts & Heirloom Handicrafts - Sept. 10, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
• Preparing for Winter - Oct. 8, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

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Places to stay nearby

Best Western Plus Park Place Inn

Chehalis, North
Starting at: $98.00

Candalite Mansion

Centralia, North

Centralia Motel 6

Centralia, North
Starting at: $46.00

Centralia Square Grand Ballroom & Hotel

Centralia, North
Starting at: $80.00

Places to eat nearby

Dick's Brewing Company

3516 Galvin Road,
Centralia, WA 98531
(360) 736-1603

Denny's

1052 Harrison Ave.,
Centralia, WA 98531
(360) 736-6917
Website
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Grabajava Espresso

1249 S. Market Blvd.,
Chehalis, WA
(360) 748-8231
Yelp!

Papa Murphy's Take 'N' Bake Pizza

1105 Harrison Ave.,
Centralia, WA 98531
(360) 807-0133
Website
Yelp!

South Pacific Bistro

432 SW 13th St.,
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 740-0763
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Happy Teriyaki

1632 S. Gold St.,
Centralia, WA 98531
(360) 736-1500
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The Branch Bar & Public House

202 W Centralia College Blvd.,
Centralia WA 98531
(360) 669-5127
Monday-Saturday 5:00pm-11:00pm
Website
Yelp!

Barking Mad Coffee Co

711 Main St.,
Chehalis, WA 98531
(360) 304-2275
Monday-Friday 5:30am-5:00pm, Saturday 7:00am-4:00pm, Sunday 8:00am-2:00pm
Website

Upcoming events in the area

ARTrails of Southwest Washington Gala & Studio Tours

September 15-24, 2017 from 5:00pm-6:30pm

2017 Farmers Market Harvest Dinner

Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 5:00pm