Washington County Historic Courthouse

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Visiting the Historic Courthouse

To ensure the best tour experience, public tours are limited to 15 participants per tour guide. Large groups will be divided for a tour rotation. If you are visiting with a large group of 10 or more, please call 651-275-7075 to make arrangements. Unscheduled tour groups may be asked to tour the building without a guide.

With the exception of Memorial Day and Veterans Day, the Historic Courthouse is closed on all County holidays. 

  1. November-April
  2. May-October
November-April   Day   Time   Rate
Public Hours / Self-Guided Tours  Mon-Fri
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
​10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Free; Donations Accepted
Guided History Tours Wed-Sun
11 a.m. 1 p.m.,  3 p.m.
Free; Donation Suggested
Group Tours Please call ahead to schedule   $2 / Per Person
​Suggested Donation

Additional Activities

  1. Family Activities
  2. Walking Tours
  3. Team-Building

Vintage clothing display and children’s activitiesIn addition to self-guided and guided tours, the Washington County Historic Courthouse offers fun activities for children, families, and all those who are young-at-heart.

  • Scavenger Hunt
    Step into the shoes of a County Sheriff and hone your detective skills with the Courthouse Scavenger Hunt. Search for items throughout the building - children who find them all will win a prize!
  • Playing the Past
    Uncover the history of Washington County and the lives of area residents using our interactive biography boxes and timeline. Using what you have learned as inspiration, create your own character. Visit the clothing display and dress up as your character! Will you be a pioneer, a fine Victorian lady/gentleman, judge, or deputy?
  • Create a Comic Strip or Write Your Own Story
    Learn about the courthouse mice, Gus & Sig, along with Winfield the Cat - lovable characters created by courthouse volunteers. Create your own stories and comic strips about people or animals that live in historic places. 
  • Children's Corner
    Stop by the children's corner to touch and feel courthouse artifacts, including old jail keys and snow catchers, or stamp a county seal using an antique stamp.

*A St. Croix Valley History curriculum unit is also available for teachers and homeschools using the interactive biography boxes available at the Historic Courthouse.