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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

Starbucks (Chehalis)

1531 NW Louisiana Ave.,
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 740-9140
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Bub's Pub

537 N. Tower Ave.,
Centralia, WA 98531
Website
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Once Upon a Thyme

1090 NW State Ave.,
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 740-8944
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Subway (Ellsbury St.)

910 Ellsbury St.,
Centralia, WA 98531
(360) 736-5770
Website
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Bill & Bea's

1215 Harrison Ave.,
Centralia, WA 98531
(360) 736-6697
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Denny's (Chehalis)

118 Interstate Ave.,
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 748-6851
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Happy Teriyaki

1632 S. Gold St.,
Centralia, WA 98531
(360) 736-1500
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Kit Carson Family Restaurant

107 SW Interstate Ave.,
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 740-1084
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Upcoming events in the area

Antique Fest

July 27-29, 2018 from 9:00am-8:00pm

Chehalisfest

Saturday, July 28, 2018 9:00am-9:30pm

Chehalis Mudder

Saturday, July 28, 2018 10:00am-3:00pm

Theatre of Arts Discipline (TOAD) present "Mulan Jr."

August 3-5, 2018 from 7:30pm-2:00pm