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.

The Historic Courthouse is closed on all County holidays. 

  1. May-October
  2. November-April
May-October Day Time Rate
Public Hours / Self-Guided Tours

Mon-Wed

Thurs-Fri
Sat-Sun
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Free; Donations Accepted
Guided History Tours Wed
​Thurs-Fri
​Sat-Sun
11 a.m. 1 p.m.,
3 p.m.
11 a.m., 1 p.m.,
3 p.m., 5 p.m.
​11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
Free; Donation Suggested
Private/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 in vintage clothing according to your character's time period! Will you be a pioneer, a fine Victorian lady/gentleman, judge or deputy?

Create a Character

Learn about the courthouse characters created by volunteers throughout the years to aid in fundraising efforts, including Winfield the Cat and Gus & Sig, the courthouse mice. Create your own courthouse character and write a story or create a comic strip

Children's Corner

Stop by the children's corner to touch and feel courthouse artifacts, including old jail keys and snow catchers, and stamp a county seal using an antique stamp. 

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