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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

Harold's Burger Bar

727 Gold St. #A,
Centralia, WA 98531
(360) 736-4491
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Carnitas Michoacan

705 N. Tower Ave.,
Centralia, WA 98531
(360) 736-5979
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Cazadores Mexican Restaurant

313 N. Tower Ave.,
Centralia, WA 98531
(360) 807-4437
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The Shire

465 NW Chehalis Ave.
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 748-3720
Website
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Bill & Bea's

1215 Harrison Ave.,
Centralia, WA 98531
(360) 736-6697
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Hub City Grub

701 Pioneer Way
Centralia, WA 98531
(360) 481-6263
Website

Jack in the Box

1130 Harirson Ave.,
Centralia, WA 98531
(360) 807-0277
Website
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Plaza Jalisco (Chehalis)

1340 NW Maryland Ave.,
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 748-4298
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Upcoming events in the area

Evergreen Playhouse Presents "Barefoot in the Park"

June 16-July 2, 2017 from 8:00pm-4:00pm

Ride the Willapa 2017

June 24-25, 2017 from 7:00am-5:00pm

Billetproof

Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 9:00am

July 4th Summerfest

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at 7:00am