There is no better place to learn about the history of Montesano and surrounding
area. The museum is home to many antiques, artifacts, pictures, and unique equipment
used by pioneers of times past. Admission is free.
Hours: 10 AM to 4:30 PM on weekends, or by appointment on weekdays.
Location: 703 W. Pioneer Avenue, Montesano, WA 98563
Montesano serves as the county seat for Grays Harbor County. The city is also the
halfway point between Olympia and the ocean beaches. There are many other things
to do in and around the area. Montesano also serves as a hub for many outdoor activities,
including camping, fishing, hunting, kayaking, boating, hiking, and bird watching.
Visit Montesano and stay awhile!
Lake Sylvia State Park
Only minutes north of downtown is this beautiful park. Originally, it was a logging
camp. Now, it is home to several campgrounds, picnic areas, and a children’s playground
on the shores of Lake Sylvia. Lake Sylvia is popular with campers, hikers, cyclists,
and fishing enthusiasts.
Located in the beautiful Wynoochie Valley, this museum boasts of old trade tokens,
local matchbooks, 1902 western saddles and saddle bags. It also is the home to antique
vehicles, including Montesano Mayor (from 1937-1940) J.E. Calder’s trap buggy, pony
carts, and many more buggies, sleighs, and other local history items. Admission
Location: 445 Black Creek Road, Montesano, WA 98563
Stroll through Montesano on a self-guided walking tour. There are several historic
locations to see in the city. Pick up your walking tour map at:
W.H. Abel Memorial Library 125 Main Street N. Montesano, WA 98563 360-249-4211
Montesano City Hall 112 Main Street N. Montesano, WA 98563 (360) 249-3021
Chehalis Valley Historical Museum 703 W. Pioneer Ave. Montesano, WA 98563 360-249-5800
Grays Harbor County Courthouse
You can’t miss it. Just look for the clock tower when you are in Montesano. A wonderful
example of architecture and workmanship. It was built in 1911. The courthouse is
also known for remarkable historic murals painted throughout.