Perkins House

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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


44th Annual Ice Cream Social

June 26, 2016 – 1:00 to 4:00 at the Perkins House in Colfax.
This year we are celebrating 130 years of the Perkins House and 146 years for the Cabin.

View updated photo displays of area communities and information on the Perkins family in the upstairs photo room

Colfax Art Council will display the Downtown banner entries and announce the winner

Dedication of the Wolfe River apple tree to reintroduce a heritage orchard

NEW THIS YEAR: CAKE FROM SCRATCH CONTEST. Contact Theresa at the Perkins House for info 509-397-2555

And, of Course, ICE CREAM

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


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The Perkins House was built by James Perkins, the founder of Colfax, in 1886.  A cabin on the grounds built in 1870 is 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