Perkins House

perkins house


There are still spaces for the “After Dark Tours” scheduled to take place between Thursday, Oct 27th and Monday, October 31st at Perkins House. Don’t hesitate
to email or call the House Coordinator and please do leave a message.  There are only 2 part-time volunteers.  Val Gregory, Unified Director for Colfax will be out of the office for most of October. She is busy with the tours taking place at St. Ignatius hospital.  Because of this, the office won’t be open everyday, we are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.



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.

New and exciting activity at the Perkins House!
The Colfax Chamber of Commerce and the Whitman County Historical Society are teaming up to make better use of the Perkins House. The Chamber will have space at the Perkins House starting on January 1. This move will ensure regular hours at the House to give visitors and residents the opportunity to tour the beautiful historic home.New signage on Main Street will direct visitors to the House. So stop by and see the  new Chamber location and feel free to take a tour. Tour donations will go to the Perkins House. Thanks go to the City of Colfax and the Chamber for making this happen!
Regular hours are Monday thru Friday 10 to 4 and Saturday 10 until 2. The House is also available for tours by special appointment.
Look for thee “open” banners in the yard.

Whitman County Historical Society
Theresa Dale – Perkins House Coordinator
            623 N. Perkins
            P O Box 67
            Colfax, WA 99111
            Office:  (509) 397-2555


SCENES FROM THE 44th Annual Ice Cream Social

June 26, 2016 at the Perkins House in Colfax.
Antique Tractors Auf Gehts Serving Ice Cream
The oldest standing building in Whitman County.  The house was the center of Colfax society between 1886 and 1920.
 Much work has been done recently on the Perkins house to restore it to appropriate Victorian colors.  The roof, which was also in very bad condition was completely replaced with cedar shakes like the original.  The paint picks out the ornate detail of the house that tended to be obscured by the previous all white exterior.  With the new paint, various architectural features stand out, in particular, the quoins on the corners of the house.

At the Ice Cream Social in 2001, Jeanette Sabo, granddaughter of James and Jenny Perkins, age 104, said that the house now looks just as she remembers it!

More remains to be done to restore the house.  In the near future we will need to repair the foundation on the south side of the house.  The kitchen porch is also in need of extensive repairs.  Donations for this work would be greatly appreciated. Please send them to The Whitman County Historical Society, PO Box 67, Colfax, WA 99111.

The Perkins House is also available for small weddings, bridal showers, anniversary parties, and other events in keeping with the Victorian atmosphere of the home.  A modest cleaning fee is charged for use of the house.

The house is located at 623 N Perkins Avenue in Colfax