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


Warden’s House Museum Site Manager opening

The Washington County Historical Society has a part-time opening for historic site manager for the Warden’s House Museum in Stillwater.

The Warden’s House Museum was constructed in 1853 for the Warden of the Minnesota Territorial Prison. Over time there were 13 Wardens  lived in the house until 1914 when the prison moved to South Stillwater, now Bayport, where it is today. After that the house was occupied by a deputy warden until 1941 when the Washington County Historical Society purchased the house from the state of Minnesota. It was opened as a historic house museum that year and continues as the county museum. The house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

The Museum is open from May through October, Thursdays through Sundays Noon-5 PM, with additional days depending on tours and scheduled events. The position also calls for scheduling tours with local and regional groups and successfully organizing and implementing seasonal events.

The position is year round, part-time with approximately 20-30 hours per week; $1,700-$2,000/month salary depending on experience.  The application deadline is March 15, 2020. For more information please write to the Washington County Historical Society, Site Manager Position, PO Box 167, Stillwater, MN 55082-0167, email: or call 651/439-5956. To apply send a cover letter, resume and a list of references to the above address, previous historic site experience is preferable.

Museums are Closed for the Tour Season

The Warden’s House Museum in Stillwater and The Hay Lake School Museum & Erickson Log House in Scandia are now closed for the season.  Thank you for a great season!! 

Museums & Research Center Hours

Nancy & Robert Goodman Research Center
602 Main Street N., Stillwater
Open year-round
Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays 12:00-5:00 PM, Wednesdays 3:00-6:00 PM
Please call ahead or email to confirm research center availability.
(651) 439-5956 |

Warden’s House Museum
602 Main Street N., Stillwater
Group tours available
Check our events calendar for year-round events. 

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
June – August: Sundays 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

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.

This book recently won a Minnesota History Award for publications!!

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!

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 save our shared stories and history!