Washington February 08, 2019
The Oldest Church In Washington Dates Back To The 1800s And You Need To See It
Washington became a state in 1889, but our history goes back much farther. And if you happen to be passing through the city of Chehalis, you can check out our oldest church, which also happens to be the oldest standing building in the state.
Claquato Church is a historic Methodist church building you'll find off State Route 6 in Chehalis.
The church was built in 1857 with a louvered belfry and crown steeple modeled after old New England meeting houses. Its first services were held in 1858.
Now a ghost town, Claquato was located in Lewis County in what is now Chehalis.
Claquato was a prosperous mining town in the 1850s. But when the town was bypassed by the railroad in 1874, leading to its eventual demise.
It's pretty impressive that this structure is still standing considering the town of Claquato has been dead for over a century.
The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.
While the church hasn't had a congregation since the 1870s, you can still stop by and see it. You can even get married here for a small fee (although it only holds 52 people).
It was restored to its full glory in the 1950s, and it is kept clean and up-to-date.
If you love local history, stop by this historic village and check out Washington's oldest church.
Then take some time to explore the nearby pioneer cemetery.
This historic church is definitely one-of-a-kind, just like this
charming Washington chapel.