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Open House at the Warden’s House Museum

April 30, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm CDT

The Washington County Historical Society is excited to announce the special open house celebrating the 170 years of the Warden’s House on North Main Street in Stillwater!

Admission is FREE for the afternoon!

Events include live music from 1-3pm from singer Hilary Thavis and Musician Doug Otto. Hilary will sing sections of blues numbers—fitting for life in a prison. Hilary Thavis is a Prairie Home Companion Alum 2010-2015.

The Warden’s House is full of household items donated by Washington County residents. Many of these every day pieces came from Sears, Roebuck and Company, founded as a mail-order watch company in the late 19th century, made its name with its packed catalogs that advertised everything from wigs, dental tools, and live chicks to entire house kits. Come in and see what has been found and you might recognize items from Sears in your possession




The Warden’s House is located at 602 N. Main Street, Stillwater.


Limited parking is located behind the Warden’s House and overflow parking is located across the street in the parking lot next to the walking trail and the Zephyr Theatre. 
The handicapped accessible entrance is located behind the house. Guests are welcome to drop off behind the building and park elsewhere as needed.

For more information, contact Julianne O’Connell at 651-439-5956 or julianne.oconnell@wchsmn.org 


About the Warden’s House Museum:
The Warden’s House opened as a part of the new Minnesota Territorial Prison in 1853. Over time, 13 Warden’s lived in the house until 1914. After that, A superintendent of the Prison, Thomas Ross, and his family lived there until 1941 when the Washington County Historical Society purchase the home from the state and opened it as the second house museum in Minnesota that year. The museum demonstrates the history not only of Stillwater’s infamous prison, but also the history of Washington County.


April 30, 2023
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm CDT
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Warden’s House Museum


Warden’s House Museum
602 Main Street North
Stillwater, MN 55082 United States
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