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Washington County Historic Courthouse

Open Now: 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Open today: 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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Beautiful site

A beautifully preserved courthouse in Stillwater. It is open for special events for the public. The... read more

Reviewed November 21, 2018
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The greatest place for a museum tour

The tours are absolutely free! I've been here a few times before already, but I feel like this is a... read more

Reviewed June 19, 2018
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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...more
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101 Pine St W, Stillwater, MN 55082-4994
+1 651-275-7075
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Reviewed November 21, 2018 via mobile

A beautifully preserved courthouse in Stillwater. It is open for special events for the public. The Christmas fund raiser is an excellent venue. Entertainment, appetizers and a variety of vendors are present for Holiday shopping. There are several days of vendors. Also there are other...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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WashCoParksMN, Office Support at Washington County Historic Courthouse, responded to this reviewResponded November 26, 2018

Thank you for your review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed the Christmas at the Courthouse event.

Reviewed June 19, 2018

The tours are absolutely free! I've been here a few times before already, but I feel like this is a diamond in the rough that can be overlooked on this hill of Stillwater- and needs more visitors. it's well worth the visit for a private...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Margaret B
Reviewed June 13, 2018

Our Red Hat group enjoyed a tour of this Italianate style venue on Zion's Hill overlooking downtown Stillwater, Minnesota. There were lots of artifacts, costumes, and exhibits on display. Volunteers spent many hours renovating the historic building which now serves as a venue for community...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed June 7, 2018

The historic courthouse was worth the visit. They do free guided tours. Perhaps the most intriguing part was the jail area. You can see graffiti on the walls of the cells left by inmates. If you love history this is a must see.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed February 18, 2018

We have visited this site a couple times, and to me it never gets old. The first time we stopped it was spur of the moment as we drove by, I didn't even know it existed. The volunteers were very gracious and even gave us...More

Date of experience: March 2017
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Reviewed January 3, 2018

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

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank Mike M
Reviewed December 4, 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.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Cheesepak
Reviewed November 18, 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.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Melissa L
Reviewed October 25, 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

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Daniel M
Reviewed October 5, 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

Date of experience: October 2017
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WashCoParksMN, Front Office Manager at Washington County Historic Courthouse, responded to this reviewResponded October 9, 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

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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.