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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

Subway (Twin City Town Center)

1545 NW Louisiana Ave.
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 740-8896
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Fiddlers Coffee (Chehalis)

101 SW Interstate Ave.,
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 748-7771
Website
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HomeTown Family Restaurant

708 Harrison Ave.,
Centralia, WA 98531
(360) 736-1015
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La Tarasca

1001 W. Main St.,
Centralia, WA 98531
(360) 736-7756
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Applebee's

1670 NW Louisiana Ave.,
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 748-1800
Website
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Taqueria Juquilita

917 SW Cascade Ave.
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 748-6020
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A&W / Kentucky Fried Chicken

6161 W. Main Ave.,
Centralia, WA 98531
(360) 807-9595
Website
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McMenamins Olympic Club & New Tourist Bar

112 N. Tower Ave.,
Centralia, WA 98531
(360) 736-5164
Website
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Upcoming events in the area

Centralia College Theatre Presents "1984"

November 10-18, 2017 from 7:00pm-9:00pm

Santa Steam Train Ride / Polar Express

November 24-December 10, 2017 from 7:30pm-10:00pm

Santa's List Bazaar & Gift Show

November 25-26, 2017 from 9:00am-3:00pm

Ballet Theatre of Washington presents "The Nutcracker"

December 1-3, 2017 from 7:00pm-2:00pm