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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

McDonald's

1601 NW Louisiana Ave.,
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 748-6238
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Dutch Bros. Coffee

512 Harrison Ave.,
Centralia, WA
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McMenamins Olympic Club & New Tourist Bar

112 N. Tower Ave.,
Centralia, WA 98531
(360) 736-5164
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Rumors

543 NW Pacific Ave.,
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 748-1957
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Panda Inn

806 Harrison Ave.,
Centralia, WA 98531
(360) 807-8988
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Jeremy's Farm to Table

576 W. Main St.,
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 748-4417
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Bub's Pub

537 N. Tower Ave.,
Centralia, WA 98531
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Great Cuisine of India

315 N. Tower Ave.,
Centralia, WA 98531
(360) 807-4258
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Upcoming events in the area

Washington State Parks Fee Free Day - Earth Day

Sunday, April 22, 2018 - All Day

Country Chicks Spring Market

April 27-28, 2018 from 10:00am-4:00pm

Lunafest

Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 1:00pm

Centralia College's Spring 5k Fun Run

Saturday, May 5, 2018 9:00am-1:00pm