Washington County Historic Courthouse

Victorian Tea  - Saturday, April 27, 12:00-2:00 p.m.
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Visiting the Historic Courthouse 
  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-Sat

11 a.m. 1 p.m.,  3 p.m.

Free; Donation Suggested
Group Tours Please call ahead to schedule   $2 / Per Person
​Suggested Donation

To ensure the best tour experience, public tours are limited to 15 participants per tour guide. 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.

Tours are not available Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. on the following dates due to Parks programming: 10/27, 12/15, 1/19, 2/2, 2/9

The Historic Courthouse is closed on Thanksgiving, 11/23, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. 

Additional Activities
  1. Family Activities
  2. Walking Tours
  3. Fitness Hikes & History Strolls
  4. Scout Programs
  5. 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. It is free to download and use. 

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