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Washington County Historic Courthouse

101 Pine St W, Stillwater, MN 55082-4994
+1 651-275-7075
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Change of Pace Worth a Stop

Stillwater is full of shops and restaurants. For an interesting change of pace, head up the hill... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Mike M
Great Local History

My wife and I toured the Courthouse on our own, it would probably be better with a tour, but we... read more

Reviewed 4 December 2017
Scott R
Mt. Lake, United States
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Completed in 1870 The Washington County Historic Courthouse served as the administrative and judicial center of the county for more than a century. In 1971, the Historic Courthouse was placed on the National Register of Historic Places as the oldest standing courthouse in Minnesota. In 1975, official business moved to the new government center and a new vision for this architectural gem was developed which included history-related exhibits and activities. Today, FREE guided public tours are offered Monday through Saturday and include the historic courtroom, exhibit rooms and old 1900 county jail. On a tour, your guide will lead you through some important historic moments in Washington County history while touring the historic courtroom, 1900's County Jail, and exhibit spaces. Donations are accepted. In addition to public tours, the Historic Courthouse also offers private tours, school & large group tours, community events and meeting & special event space.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
101 Pine St W, Stillwater, MN 55082-4994
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stillwater is full of shops and restaurants. For an interesting change of pace, head up the hill from downtown and visit the historic courthouse and jail. When we visited in December they had a Victorian Christmas display throughout the building and a civil war exhibit....More

Thank Mike M
Reviewed 4 December 2017

My wife and I toured the Courthouse on our own, it would probably be better with a tour, but we still enjoyed all the reading, pictures and architecture, it was better than we thought it would be.

Thank Scott R
Reviewed 18 November 2017

Interesting look at the courthouse. The jail is inside. It is shocking to learn when the jail stopped being used. Check out the nooks and crannies.

Thank mlovett88
Reviewed 26 October 2017

The docent provided an hour-long tour of the building. Informative introductory video shown. Docent provided good commentary all throughout. Allowed enough time at each stop to visually experience the courthouse extensively. The Civil War exhibit concentrated on Stillwater's part on the Union side, centering on...More

Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

Took the nook and crannies tour with 2 adults and 3 teenage boys. This tour is only offered in October I understand. It was worth the drive. We got to see the whole building. The boys loved the jail cells and peep holes. Lots of...More

Thank tandbi
WashCoParksMN, Front Office Manager at Washington County Historic Courthouse, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2017

We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your tour! The Nooks & Crannies Tour is only offered one day a year and includes areas not typically open to the public, including the sheriff's residence, basement and 1870's county jail. We hope to see...More

Reviewed 8 February 2017

This is a very nice historical building and a great place for weddings and gatherings. During the holidays, the place is beautiful with holiday decorations.

Thank IcePonyGirl
Reviewed 2 January 2017

Driving uphill to this gorgeous brick building, then finding out there were FREE tours, was fun for us! Our guide was knowledgeable about the year round events that go on here. The video on early Stillwater was informative. We were so glad that a large...More

Thank lamawm819
Reviewed 14 October 2016

This is only offered the 1st Sunday of October.. It was really neat. Especially getting up to the very top lookout.. Its to bad it doesn't start till 11 am..We had a 5 hr. drive home-- so we only could spare an hr.. but we...More

Thank Andrea C
Reviewed 1 September 2016

Good for history buffs and others. A nice stop without all the overkill of many historical places. Can wander on your own, see an old jail, look at the exhibits at your own pace and look out at the beautiful view standing at the entrance...More

Thank JoyceVanPelt
Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

If you love history, check this place out. I enjoyed learning the history about this court house and happy you see that the town kept this building. We had a great tour guide! My boys even enjoyed it and they are 11 and 15 years...More

Thank Amy D
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13 October 2016|
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Response from WashCoParksMN | Property representative |
The Historic Courthouse is now open 10:00am-4:30pm on Saturdays, with guided tours available at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.