Discover the
history of
Lewis County

"The Mother
of All Counties"

The Lewis County Historical Society and Museum celebrates the storied history of Lewis County, Washington. Founded on December 21, 1845, Lewis County once stretched at one point from the Cowlitz River to the south and north to Sitka, Alaska. Come celebrate our rural heritage of the hop fields and timber industry to the Chehalis and Cowlitz Native American tribes.

Lewis County Historical Society Membership

Become a member of the Lewis County Historical Museum family with a museum membership! Your membership to the Historical Society family helps support historical preservation, education, and digitization programs throughout the Museum.

Join today!

Model Train
Display

HO Model Train exhibit
depicting railroading
in Lewis County
around the early 1970’s

Highlighting the major communities located in the county and the principle rail line that ran from Chehalis to South Bend and Raymond. Not only does it highlight the main locales and stopping points, but numerous communities and towns along the way such as Littel, Pe Ell, Doty, and many others.

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Lewis County
Historical Society
Research Library

Research genealogical
and family history
at the Lewis County
Historical Museum

The research library holds countless archives and records chronicling the entire history of Lewis County.

Search records online here >>