Plans are for a display of the “Perkins House” coat collection. We have a large variety of coats from different eras. Some are made of “Black Bear”, Chenille, Velvet embroidered Wool and one of Horse Hide. In addition to a coat specifically designed for ladies when wearing a bustle.  I think you’ll find this very interesting. Plans are to add a history of each coat along with who they were worn by.
Perkins House is in need of more mannequins or display stands to better show off these coats.  Most of the collection will be on display  downstairs  in the Music Room, Main Parlor and Dining room.  This is being done in an effort to make the display more accessible for those who don’t look forward to climbing stairs.
So if you have a mannequin you don’t know what to do with, or would be willing to loan us please contact:
Perkins House Coordinator – Theresa Dale
Call Perkins House: 1-(509) 397-2555
Theresa’s Home phone: 1- (509) 478-3840
If you don’t get an answer at first, please leave a message containing your name, how to reach you and what you are inquiring about.  There are only 2 (two) part-time volunteers to take care of the yard, and both inside and outside care of the house and to give tours so we are stretched pretty thin.  We do want to hear from you and get a chance to answer your inquiries.

A County-wide invitation is being made to all who would like help decorate Perkins House for the Holidays!  That includes both the interior and exterior of the house.  For outside we need donations of “Greens” and the like (holly, pine cones and ribbon, different types of greenery)  It’s hoped that the community will come forward with supplies, and time to help decorate. There will be only one tree being put up, most likely in the Music Room/Library.  We need ornaments for the tree, so if you’d like to make and donate it here are the guidelines:

Please use only materials that would have been available to families in the era between 1885 through 1910.  Ornaments of the time could be made of glass, felt,  fabric, pipe cleaners, beaded items, string, ribbon, walnut shell halves, papers of different types, buttons, pine cones, etc. The possibilities are endless.  Use Elmer’s glue or wire to hold things together, but most importantly use your imagination. Announcement of times and dates to decorate the tree and house will follow later


After dark tours of Perkins House are being planned for the last week in October. Since visiting hours have expanded we have a regular stream of visitors coming to the house.  Many of the guests coming through are asking if we have “after dark” tours similar to the St. Ignatius hospital tours and those of the historic buildings downtown.  I’ve wanted to make the Perkins House more visible to the general public since I became House Coordinator and “this is the perfect opportunity to do just that” says Theresa Dale.

Starting on Thursday, Oct  27th and running through Halloween on Monday the 31st three tours a night are scheduled.  Tour groups will be limited to 6 people at a time and will last about 45 minutes. Keeping the groups small will allow for more personal interaction. Tours will be conducted by a volunteer docent and will take place by “modern candlelight” No open flames are allowed in the house for obvious reasons, so a flashlight will be carried by the all volunteer tour guides as well for safety’s sake.  All other lights in the house will be turned off.

On Thursday, Sunday and Monday tours will begin on the hour starting at 8 p.m. and lasting for about 45 minutes. Additional tours will begin at 9 p.m. and 10 pm.

Friday and Saturday night tours will begin at nine, ten, and eleven p.m We will be getting a later start because “Best Western is renting the house from 5 until 8  those two nights for their “Murder Mystery dinner packages.

Cost for the tours will be $25 per person payable by cash or check at the door.  Reservations can be made by either e-mailing Theresa at “ or calling 397-2555.

Plans for Halloween night also include welcoming the little ghosts and goblins to “Trick or Treat” at the south side front door.  We plan to start handing out “old-time” candy at3 p.m

I’m hoping to bring in some funds to pay for the much needed supplies  to properly care for and store  our large clothing collection.  If you don’t have alot of time for volunteering this would be a great opportunity to do so for a short period of time.  To decorate with I’m looking for gifts of corn stalks, pumpkins, gourds and a hay bale or two.  In keeping with the time period from 1880 to 1910 we’ll use supplies that would have been availble to the Perkins family.



Last Sunday in June 2017 – 1:00 to 4:00 at the Perkins House in Colfax.

The Ice Cream Social is great fun for the whole family. Beautiful weather and plenty of ice cream make for a fun day.