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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

DQ Grill & Chill

701 Harrison Ave.,
Centralia, WA 98531
(360) 736-0218
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The Restaurant

1757 N. National Ave.
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 748-6686
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Royal Buffet American and Chinese Restaurant

575 N. Market Blvd.,
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 740-0900
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HomeTown Family Restaurant

708 Harrison Ave.,
Centralia, WA 98531
(360) 736-1015
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Santa Lucia Coffee

202 S. Tower Ave.,
Centralia, WA 98531
(360) 807-9600
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Papa Pete's Pizza

933 Harrison Ave.,
Centralia, WA 98531
(360) 736-5777
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Sidelines Sports Bar

313 NW Chehalis Ave.,
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 996-4638
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McDonald's

1601 NW Louisiana Ave.,
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 748-6238
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Upcoming events in the area

Evergreen Playhouse Presents "Rebel Without A Cause"

February 9-25, 2018 from 8:00pm-8:00pm

Centralia College Theatre Presents "Cabaret"

February 16-18, 2018 from 7:00pm-9:00pm

Washington State Parks Fee Free Day - Spring Day

Saturday, April 14, 2018 - All Day