Washington County Historic Courthouse
|Visiting the Historic Courthouse|
|Public Hours / Self-Guided Tours
|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
|11 a.m. 1 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
|Public Hours / Self-Guided Tours||Mon-Fri
|9 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
10 a.m. - 4:00 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
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 may be closed on holidays. Please call 651-275-7075 to check the tour schedule.
In 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.
Self-guided Walking Tours
Begin a self-guided walking tour of downtown Stillwater or the South Hill neighborhood at the Washington County Historic Courthouse. Created by the City of Stillwater, walking tour maps are available at the Historic Courthouse. Use the links below to print your own copy.
- South Hill Walking Tour Brochure
- Historic Downtown Walking Tour Brochure
- Cultural Landscape Walking Tour Brochure
Guided History Strolls
- Each stroll will be approx. 45 minutes and include some stair climbing along a mile-long route offering beautiful views and history highlights.
- Trail routes will include uneven staircases, pavement and sidewalks, traversing light terrain. Please dress for the weather and wear athletic shoes.
|2019 Schedule - Check in at the Parks office|
|Not available at this time.|
Step out the office for a day of history and fun team-building activities! Split into teams and race to see who can complete the Historic Courthouse Scavenger Hunt first, take a customized tour of this historic site (including the old 1900's County Jail), begin a self-guided walking tour of the South Hill neighborhood, picnic on the lawn and more!
The Historic Courthouse also rents meeting space for small and large groups. For more information, please click here.
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