Vancouver Spotlight

Historic Sites in Vancouver, WA

Vancouver, Washington's rich history spans from the Lewis & Clark expedition in 1806, when Meriwether Lewis had the wisdom to characterize the area as "the only desired situation for settlement west of the Rocky Mountains."

Cedar Grist MillFortunately for history buffs, Vancouver hasn't forgotten its past. Our historic attractions, museums and parks will take you back to learn and, in some cases, even relive some exciting times. You'll find plenty of fascinating ways to experience our past from the Native American fur trade days, to the settlement of Fort Vancouver, to the establishment of one of the oldest cities in the State of Washington.

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

Vancouver USA is one of only two cities in the Pacific Northwest to have a U.S. National Park Service Historic Site in its downtown core. Fort Vancouver National Historic Site includes a reconstructed fort with a bastion, seasonal gardens, an outlying village, and working trade houses for baking, carpentry and blacksmithing. Set on 191-acres next to the Columbia River, the Fort is a not-to-miss experience unique to Vancouver! Learn more about Fort Vancouver's rich history.

Cedar Creek Grist Mill 

Just a 30-minute drive from downtown Vancouver, the Cedar Creek Grist Mill is the only stone-grinding, water-powered grain mill in Washington. The mill is open on weekends and hosts annual events like Bread and Butter Day and Apple Cider Pressing. Visit the mill in the fall to enjoy the picture perfect colors of the changing season.

Pomeroy Living History Farm 

To the east in Yacolt, the Pomeroy Living History Farm is an interactive educational museum depicting farm life in the early 20th century. Events include farm tours, a petting zoo, a working blacksmith shop and seasonal celebrations.

Captain William Clark Park

The Captain William Clark Park in Washougal is one of the great family-friendly parks on the Columbia River. In 1806, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark established camp as they secured provisions for their return trip through the Columbia River Gorge. Today the park features multi-use trails, restrooms, historic interpretive elements, and of course, the beach.

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Eatery at the Grant House

  • 1101 Officers Row
  • , Vancouver, WA 98661

Dining at The Grant House offers the ambiance and sense of history that make the visit an enjoyable experience. The restaurant has soft pastel colored walls, high ceilings, fireplaces, and wine racks, mixed in with history that lingers within the restaurant theme.…more

78th Street Heritage Farm

  • 1919 N.E. 78th St.
  • , Vancouver, WA 98665

The 78th Street Heritage Farm consists of 79 acres that are adjacent to residential properties and is the largest single owned open parcel in Hazel Dell. The site has a long history of farming and agricultural research. In 2010 the farm was approved to be maintained as an accessible, agricultural, educational, recreational, community-based asset that reflects the area's …more

Cathlapotle Plankhouse

  • 28908 Northwest Main Avenue
  • , Ridgefield, WA 98642

This full-scale replica of a Chinookan-style cedar plankhouse is located at the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge at the location of Cathlapotle, one of the largest Chinookan villages in the area. This Lewis & Clark historical site is where the Corp of Discovery camped in November 1805 and again in March 1806. Visitors to the Plankhouse can learn about the culture and …more

Cedar Creek Grist Mill

  • 43907 NE Grist Mill Road
  • , Woodland, WA 98674

The picturesque Cedar Creek Grist Mill is the only grain-grinding mill in Washington that has maintained its original structural integrity, grinds with stones, and is water-powered. Built in 1876, the mill has been fully restored as a working museum and is registered as a National Historic Site. The covered bridge spanning Cedar Creek adjacent to the mill was rebuilt in 1994, …more

Chelatchie Prairie Railroad

  • NE Railroad Ave
  • , Yacolt, WA
  • Region: Battle Ground
  • Phone: 360-686-3559
  • Fax: 360-905-1746

In the logging boom days, this railroad line transported logs to Columbia River ports. Pulled by an 1841 diesel locomotive, the train transports passengers through scenic northern Clark County from Yacolt to Moulton Falls and Chelatchie Prairie and back. Open on weekends during the summer, with special events throughout the year that include casino nights, murder mysteries, …more

Clark County Historical Museum

  • 1511 Main St.
  • , Vancouver, WA 98660
  • Region: Downtown Vancouver
  • Phone: 360-993-5679
  • Fax: 360-993-5683

The Clark County Historical Society is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and interpretation of the cultural history of Clark County and the Pacific Northwest, and to sponsoring educational programs and exhibits for the enrichment of all members of the public. The Clark County Historical Society is the governing body for the Clark County Historical Museum which is …more

Columbia Springs Environmental Education Center

  • 12208 SE Evergreen Hwy.
  • , Vancouver, WA 98683
  • Region: East Vancouver
  • Phone: 360-882-0936
  • Fax: 360-882-8064

Columbia Springs provides environmental education opportunities for the community and students of all ages in the unique surroundings of the historic Vancouver Trout Hatchery. The center offers over 100 acres of urban green space, encompassing many different habitats.…more

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site

  • 1501 E Evergreen Blvd.
  • , Vancouver, WA 98661

Explore the lands and structures at the center of fur trade and military history at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. The only National Park site in the Vancouver-Portland metropolitan area, Fort Vancouver has a rich history as one of the first permanent settlements west of the Rockies. Visitors are engaged year-round through costumed performances and interpretive talks …more

George C. Marshall House

  • 1301 Officers Row
  • , Vancouver, WA 98661

Built as quarters for the post commander in 1886, the Marshall House was named for General George C. Marshall who served as Commander of Vancouver Barracks from 1936-38. This elegant Queen Anne Victorian home is filled with antique furniture and will take you back in time.…more

Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens

  • 115 S. Pekin Road
  • , Woodland, WA 98674

Step back in time to discover the 1880s Victorian farmhouse and country garden at this national historic site. Visitors can enjoy over 150 varieties of lilacs and some rare and unusual plants and trees in the 19th-century Victorian garden. The Gardens, open year round, offer a quaint gift shop in the old carriage barn which has many handcrafted gifts, stationary, and …more

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