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


We are currently embarked on an exciting adventure to save the Rev. William T. Boutwell House in Stillwater. On May 28th, 2015 the WCHS purchased the home and surrounding acres and we are now raising funds to restore and preserve the home for future generations.  

Visit our GoFundMe Page for more information.

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