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!
WCHS Latest Publications
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.
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.
The Warden’s House & Hay Lake, Museums are now open for tours!
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!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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
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