Based out of Stillwater, “The Birthplace of Minnesota”, the Washington County Historical Society collects, preserves, and disseminates the history of Washington County and its communities.  Join us on our journey through the Gateway to Minnesota History!

Museum and Research Center Hours

Warden’s House Museum(602 Main Street N., Stillwater) May 1st – October 31st, Thursdays – Sundays 1:00-5:00 PM

Hay Lake School and Johannes Erickson Log Home: (14020 195th St N, Marine on St Croix) May, September, October, Saturdays & Sundays 1:00-4:00 PM / June-August, Fridays – Sundays 1:00-4:00 PM

Research Center(602 Main Street N., Stillwater) January 1st – December 31st, Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays 12:00-5:00 PM / Wednesdays 3:00-9:00 PM

Please call ahead (651.439.5956) or email ( to confirm Research Center availability.

Want to know what’s going at WCHS? Read our Historical Messenger for updates, Photos of the Week, and a Featured Article


Barn Sale at Historic Boutwell House

The Washington County Historical Society will have a fundraising sale at the historic Boutwell House at 12588 Boutwell Road North in Stillwater on Thursday, October 8th and Friday, October 9th from 9am to 3pm each day.

The Boutwell House, owned by the Rev. Wm. T. Boutwell, was recently purchased by the Historical Society to restore and preserve one of the most historic sites in Washington County. Rev. Boutwell helped name the source of the Mississippi River, was the first Chaplain of the Minnesota Territorial Senate and helped organize the First Presbyterian Church in Stillwater, among many other historic events that spanned his lifetime.

The sale will help to benefit the preservation of the historic site.

Items can be donated to the sale by contacting the Washington County Historical Society or Megan Sherrard-Stuart at 651-470-6320 or by dropping them off at the Boutwell House on Tuesday, October 6th from 5pm to 7pm. Other times that can be arranged.

Visit our GoFundMe Page for more information.

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