Fort Steilacoom holds living history open house


On Saturday, July 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. historic Fort Steilacoom will have a living history open house. Located at 9601 Steilacoom Blvd. (on the grounds of Western State Hospital) in Lakewood, Fort Steilacoom occupies an important position in the history of early America and the Pacific Northwest. The fort played a significant role in the settling of Washington Territory. Beginning with its construction in 1849 and ending with its closure in 1868, Fort Steilacoom served as a beacon of American power and promise, promoting the migration of settlers to Washington and securing American interest in the region.

Located in the south Puget Sound, Fort Steilacoom was a part of an early network of settlements, including forts, camps and military posts, which were owned by either the United States or the Hudson’s Bay Company. Today, the historic Fort Steilacoom Association seeks to interpret and preserve the fort’s remaining structures, reminding current and future generations of the fort’s contributions to the history of the United States.

At the open house, you can learn about the U.S. Army fort 1849-68 and see living historians in period dress as you tour the four historic buildings on the grounds. You can also visit the museum and gift shop. Donations are accepted.

For information, call (253) 582-5838 or visit

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