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!


Washington County Historical Society Volunteer Orientation on April 20th

Stillwater, MN – The Washington County Historical Society invites those with a passion for history to join us at the Warden’s House Museum on Thursday April 20th at 6:30pm for a new volunteer orientation/informational meeting.

Whether you’d like to indulge your inner historian or build up your resume, volunteering with WCHS can be a very rewarding experience.

Volunteers assist the historical society in a wide variety of ways, including: cataloguing our artifact inventory, creating scrapbooks of historic photographs and newspaper articles, and, of course, guiding visitors through our museums.  Our goal is to tailor individual volunteer experiences to suit the needs and interests of the volunteer!

At the April 20th meeting, we’ll take a tour of the Warden’s House Museum and provide further information about volunteering with WCHS.  The Warden’s House is located at 602 Main Street North in Stillwater, MN.

Please contact the Historical Society at or 651-439-5956 with any questions regarding volunteer opportunities or this orientation meeting.


WCHS Latest Publications

Company K in the Border War

In 1916, Company K of the Stillwater National Guard was dispatched to the Mexican Border to defend against attacks from the famous Mexican rebel, Poncho Villa. Through letters and photographs from the WCHS collection, “Company K in the Border War” details the in-glamorous reality these Stillwater men faced while stationed in Texas.

Thru the Mill

Originally published in 1915, “Thru the Mill” was written by inmate number “4342”, George Bartlett, who served ten months in the old Stillwater Prison. This book is his account of life behind the stone walls of Minnesota’s most infamous prison.


 Want to help support your local history? Here’s your chance!GTMD16LogoHorizontalColorSafe

The Washington County Historical Society is the only county historical society in Minnesota that receives no annual assistance from their county.

We are 100% reliant on your generosity.

Thank you for helping us saving our shared stories and 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. Tours at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, & 4:00 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

Eder School House: (4442 Hadley Ave N, Oakdale, MN) Every Sunday, June 5 through August 14th (except July 3rd) – 12:00 to 4:00 PM

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

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


Help WCHS Save the Boutwell House!

Visit our GoFundMe Page for more information.