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Washington County Historic Courthouse

101 Pine St W, Stillwater, MN 55082-4994
+1 651-275-7075
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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 4 days ago
Margaret B
Oldest Courthouse in Minnesota and Old Jail

Our Red Hat group enjoyed a tour of this Italianate style venue on Zion's Hill overlooking downtown... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
MariaP1779DE
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Lindstrom, Minnesota
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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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Hours Today: 10:00 - 16:30
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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101 Pine St W, Stillwater, MN 55082-4994
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Reviewed 4 days ago

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

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Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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Reviewed 18 February 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

Thank Manuela J
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Reviewed 3 January 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

1  Thank Mike M
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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 Cheesepak
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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
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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

Thank DANIEL M
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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
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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

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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.

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354thomasl
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.
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