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!

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


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! 


Annual Holiday Open House & Book Sale!

Find unique, local holiday gifts at the Warden’s House Museum on December 12th, 2015!

From new favorites to great deals on Washington County classics, you won’t want to miss this event!

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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


Help WCHS Save the Boutwell House!

Visit our GoFundMe Page for more information.