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 1870'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 Weekdays Time Weekends Time Rate
Current Exhibit
​"Let's Play Hockey!"
Mon-Wed
​Thurs-Friday
​Open until 3/1
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
​9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturdays 10 a.m. -
​4:30 p.m. 
Free; Donations Accepted
Public Hours Mon-Wed
​Thurs-Fri
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
​9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturdays 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Free
Guided History Tours Mon-Wed

​Thurs-Fri

11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.
​11 a.m., 1 p.m.,        3 p.m. & 5 p.m. 
Saturdays 11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. Free; Donation Suggested
Group Tours Please call ahead to schedule       Suggested Donation
Guided Historic Stairs Fitness Hikes Saturdays in 2017 9 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. May 6, June 3, July 1 & Aug 5   Free; $10 Donation / Person Suggested
Self-Guided Tours Mon-Wed
​Thurs-Fri
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
​9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturdays 10 a.m. -
​4:30 p.m.
Free; Donations Accepted
Rental Client Tours Not available at this time