New at WCHS —

 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

Museums & Research Center Hours

Nancy & Robert Goodman Research Center

Open by appointment only.

602 Main Street N.,
Stillwater, MN 55083

651-439-5956

Contact information@wchsmn.org

Hay Lake School and Johannes Erickson Log Home

Open Friday-Sunday
1pm-4pm

14020 195th St N
Marine on St Croix, MN 55047

Contact Kyle Te Poel at kyle.tepoel@wchsmn.org

Warden’s House Museum

602 Main Street N.,
Stillwater, MN 55082

Open Thursday-Sunday
Tours at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, and 4pm

651-439-5956

Group tours can be made by appointment.
Contact Kyle Te Poel at kyle.tepoel@wchsmn.org

Washington County Heritage Center

Open Tuesday-Sunday
10am-4pm.
Closed Monday

1862 South Greeley Street
Stillwater, MN 55082

651-439-5956

Contact Emily Krawczewski at emily.krawczewski@wchsmn.org

Eder School House

Open by appointment only.

4442 Hadley Ave N.,
Oakdale, MN 55128


Capital Campaign

washington county historical society capital campaign logo

Help us build the Heritage Center! Your gift to the capital campaign assures that the important role Washington County has played in history will be available for all to experience. Click here for more information.



Half Minute History – Stillwater’s Grand Opera House

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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.


WCHS Equity Statement:

The Washington County Historical Society welcomes and serves all communities of people in Washington County in the State of Minnesota and beyond. Our facilities are located on the traditional homelands of the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations. 

We embrace the differences of our members, visitors, and staff, regardless of age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, family or marital status, and other characteristics that make them unique.

We value one another’s diverse knowledge, experience, and perspective.  This allows us to create an environment where the stories of the past, present, and future are valued.

We conduct our work to showcase the diverse history of the people, culture, history, and geographic place that is Washington County as a way to meet our mission of collecting, preserving, and disseminating the story of the land and its people.

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

We are 100% reliant on your generosity.

Thank you for helping us save our shared stories and history!