Washington County Historic Courthouse

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On a tour, your guide will lead you through some important historic moments in Washington County history while experiencing the oldest standing courthouse in the state of Minnesota. Hear the legend of Zion's Hill and the infamous battle between Chiefs of the Dakota and Ojibwe tribes, the lumbering industry that built Stillwater into the elegant Victorian era town it is today, the 1900's jail and some characters who called the courthouse home. Learn about the Sheriff's residence on-site and their families who lived and worked to run the jail and it's inmates. Outside on the lovely grounds of the building, view our Civil War monument and hear stories of the Minnesota First Infantry and Company B soldiers from Washington County, who answered the call of President Lincoln to fight for the Union and preserve civil liberties for the United States of America.  
Visiting the Courthouse   Day   Time   Rate
Current Exhibit- Life as a Civil War Soldier: The First Minnesota & Company B
Mon-Wed
​Thurs-Friday
​Saturday
9:00 - 4:30p.m.
​9:00 - 6:00p.m.
​10:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Free; Donations Accepted
Public Hours /  Self-Guided Tours Mon-Wed
Thurs-Fri
​Saturdays
9:00 - 4:30p.m.
​9:00 - 6:00p.m.
​10:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Free; Donations Accepted
Guided History Tours Mon-Wed

​Thurs-Fri

​Saturday
11:00, 1:00 & 3:00 p.m.
11:00, 1:00, 3:00, 5:00 p.m.
​11:00, 1:00 & 3:00 p.m.
Free; Donation Suggested
Group Tours Please call ahead to schedule   $2 / Per Person
​Suggested Donation
Guided Historic Stairs Fitness Hikes Saturday 5/06, 6/03, 7/01, 8/05  9:00-10:00 a.m. $10 / Per Person Suggested Donation