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Owner description: In the aftermath of the Civil War, Washington Country turned its attention to rebuilding and westward expansion. Lumber prospects in the St. Croix Valley promised wealth and...
moreOwner description: In the aftermath of the Civil War, Washington Country turned its attention to rebuilding and westward expansion. Lumber prospects in the St. Croix Valley promised wealth and success for Washington County. In 1867, ground was broken for a new courthouse high on the bluff overlooking the bustling commerce of downtown Stillwater and the St. Croix River.
The building was completed in 1870 and served as the administrative and judicial center of the county for more than a century. In 1971, the Historic Courthouse was placed on the National Register of Historic Places as the oldest standing courthouse in Minnesota. In 1975, official business moved to the new government center and a new vision for this architectural gem was developed which included history-related exhibits and activities.
Today, guided public tours are offered Monday through Saturday and include the historic courtroom, exhibit rooms and old 1900 county jail. Private tours, school groups, meetings and event space are also available.
Attraction type: Government Buildings; Historic Sites
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