Beginning May 1, 2019, the Historic Courthouse will be open daily. Public hours will be 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday; and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Read on...
The Lake Elmo Modern Campground (sites 1-80) will be closed after September 8, 2019, for an improvement project. Read on...
The Washington County Historic Courthouse has a rich history of civic and community engagement. Today the Courthouse hosts a variety of community, family-friendly events, history-based programs/exhibits, fundraisers and more. Proceeds from our events support the Historic Courthouse Restoration Fund.
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- Exhibit Grand Opening
- Community Ice Cream Social
- Nooks & Crannies Tour
- Christmas at the Courthouse
- Victorian Tea
|Saturday, June 1, 2019, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.|
The public is invited to the Washington County Parks grand opening of the exhibition Spokes & Folks: The Evolution of Bikes & Trails in noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 1 at the Washington County Historic Courthouse.This exhibition is curated by local Stillwater scholar Megan Arney Johnston.
Celebrate the amazing history of bicycles and the vast network of trails in Washington County with family-friendly activities and fun, including a bike rodeo, vendors, children’s crafts and a bike giveaway!
The Washington County Sheriff’s Department will host a Bike Rodeo from noon to 2 p.m. Bike rodeos are a way to get children active and provide an opportunity for them to practice and develop skills to become better bicyclists. Bring your own bike and helmet to participate. Bicycles will not be provided.
Tour the new the exhibit to see a wide array of bicycles from the 1800s to today. Children may honk bike horns and ring bells to their heart’s content in the Horns, Bells & Bikes children’s section while learning how children’s bicycles have evolved over the years. Stop in the Wheels of Time section to learn what a “boneshaker” is and watch a video on how people got on/off and rode bikes taller than themselves. Stop by the arts and crafts area to create a watercolor bike painting to take home.
|Thursday, July 18, 2019, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. |
Held outdoors on the grounds of the Historic Courthouse, the Ice Cream Social is a perennial community favorite and the official kick-off to Stillwater’s Lumberjack Days. Featured fun includes:
- Live music
- Children’s games and activities
- Fantasy Corral petting zoo
- Historic medallion button sales and the first medallion clue reading
- History Exhibits, 1900's County Jail Tours
- Old-fashioned candy booth
- 50-cent root beer floats, Brats / hot dogs, chips, etc. available for purchase.
Proceeds from the root beer floats, candy booth and Historic Courthouse merchandise go towards the Historic Courthouse Restoration Fund.
The ice cream social is free and open to the public. Bring a blanket and enjoy live music on the lawn. In the event of rain, the event will adapt and move indoors. In the event of inclement weather, the Ice Cream Social will be cancelled.
Live Entertainment Line-Up
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|Saturday, October 5, 2019, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.|
Explore the areas of the Historic Courthouse that are typically closed off to the public, including the basement, dome, sheriff's residence and step inside the 1870's jail that housed women and juveniles!
Enjoy refreshments and local treats, historical displays, the courthouse video, vintage photos and more in the historic courtroom. The history exhibits and 1900's County Jail will be open for viewing at your own pace.
Small group tours conducted approximately every 20 minutes starting at 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
$10 suggested donation for adults.
Donations benefit the Historic Courthouse Restoration Fund.
|Friday, November 22 - Sunday, November 24, 2019|
Experience the splendor of the holiday season with the 26th Annual Christmas at the Historic Courthouse! This 3-day event is full of holiday spirit and merry memories. All proceeds raised from this event benefit the Historic Courthouse Restoration Fund and help preserve this historic landmark.
Whether you're looking for a special date night or fun the whole family can enjoy, Christmas at the Historic Courthouse has memorable experiences for all!
Friday, November 22, 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Gala Preview Fundraiser - $25.00 in advance/$30 at the door
Indulge the senses at the Friday evening Gala Preview event. Guests are invited to sample local beer and wine, delicious hors d'oeuvres from local vendors and enjoy live music while getting a sneak peek into the holiday bazaar featuring unique goods from local craftsmen and vendors.
Saturday, November 23, 10:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 24, 11:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Holiday Bazaar - FREE to attend!
Wander into a winter wonderland on Saturday and Sunday. Take in the sights of the season with the Historic Courthouse decorated for the holidays inside and out, enjoy live music, shop for the perfect gift at the holiday bazaar, purchase locally made treats at the Holiday Bake Shop or bring your camera to take FREE photos with Santa Claus in his workshop from 12:00-3:00p.m.
|2019 Vendor Applications|
Interested in becoming a vendor at the 2019 Christmas at the Historic Courthouse event? We especially seek out local vendors with a variety of handcrafted and/or local goods. Applications will be available starting in April 2019.
Almost 2,000 visitors begin the season at the Historic Courthouse! This is a juried event and we accept approximately 30 vendors each year. To be eligible, please submit the vendor application, check payment, and photos of your product and booth setup for review by the deadline listed in the application. A sample of your product is not required, however it is encouraged in order to assist our jury in making their final decisions. Vendors will be notified by e-mail of their status in the event after the application deadline.
2018 Gala Fundraiser Food & Beverage Sponsors:
St. Croix Vineyards
Lift Bridge Brewery
Acapulco Restaurante Mexicano
Brine's Market & Deli
Chowgirls Killer Catering
Grand Catering of Stillwater
A special thank you to our décor sponsors Krueger's Christmas Trees for providing the beautiful outdoor décor at the Historic Courthouse, our fabulous musicians who performed throughout the event, and our wonderful volunteers.
Without you this event would not be possible. Thank you for supporting this historic landmark!
Saturday, April 27, 2019, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
RESERVATIONS ARE SOLD OUT
Sip and savor a catered multi-course tea and enjoy a program by Cup of Joy tea in the stately historic courtroom.
Tea-ology: Facts, Stories and Traditions
What is tea? What are the types of tea? Where is it from? Learn the answers to these questions and enjoy fun historical facts and stories surrounding tea with guest speaker, professional chef and tea expert Joy Sorich of Cup of Joy.
Arrive early and stay late to shop beautiful quilted items by the Courthouse Quilters and clean, high-quality loose leaf teas by Cup of Joy. Tour the exhibits and 1900's county jail or view displays of the Historic Courthouse China Collection in the courtroom.
The cost is $40 per person. All proceeds benefit the Historic Courthouse Restoration Fund. Enjoy a scrumptious tea while helping to preserve this historic landmark!