The Keller Heritage Center is located in Colville, Washington. The Fort Colville Museum, Keller House, Graves Mountain Lookout, and heritage village is part of the Colville city park system managed by Stevens County Historical Society volunteers. The museum moved from a small retail space to the Keller Heritage Center in 1975.
The Fort Colville Museum, including the Bessie McDowell museum,
presents the history of the area from Native Americans at the falls at Kettle
Falls, Hudson Bay Company Fort Colvile fur traders, miners, and U. S. Fort
Colville, to the development of agriculture, logging, and retail businesses in
the Colville Valley. Frequently on
display are the society’s extensive Leno Prestini paintings and terra cotta
The 1910 English Craftsman Keller House was one of the first
homes in Colville with electricity. The house
features dozens of Gustav Stickley furniture pieces purchased when the house
was new. Behind the Keller House is the
carriage house with transportation items on display, including a 1937 Jaguar
A beautiful garden featuring the Hixson Castles from the
Addy area are enjoyed by visitors, deer, and birds.
On the hillside above the museum is the re-located Graves
Mountain Fire Lookout Station. The
lookout provides a commanding view of the Colville Valley.
Behind the carriage house is a display of mining equipment
and two small buildings, a miner’s cabin and black powder building. Nearby is the trapper’s cabin, which gives a
glimpse into the life of early Hudson Bay Company and Northwest Company fur
A blacksmith shop, machinery barn, one room schoolhouse, and
homestead cabin on the lower level of the grounds provide a glimpse into the
life of the pioneers in the area.
Staff is at the society’s Jim McMillan Research and
Reference Library on Wednesdays from 10 to 4. The reference library has an
extensive collection of local maps, local histories, and historic county and
local business records.