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“Fun Tour, Excellent reception venue”

Washington County Historic Courthouse
Ranked #7 of 36 things to do in Stillwater
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Owner description: Completed in 1870 The Washington County Historic Courthouse 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, FREE guided public tours are offered Monday through Saturday and include the historic courtroom, exhibit rooms and old 1900 county jail. On a tour, your guide will lead you through some important historic moments in Washington County history while touring the historic courtroom, 1900's County Jail, and exhibit spaces. Donations are accepted. In addition to public tours, the Historic Courthouse also offers private tours, school & large group tours, community events and meeting & special event space.
Reviewed February 18, 2013

We utilized the Historic Courthouse for our daughter's wedding reception July, 2012 with games outside and a meal then dancing upstairs. We opened the jail and had an interpreter available for tours which was well received. Overall, was a wonderful venue. The staff was great to work with and gave us a marvelous tour of the facility as part of our decision making process. The facility was great for our caterer and bartenders. The guests loved the location, the view and the venue. Bottom line: take a tour there sometime to learn the history, and if you need a place for a reception, including a wonderful lawn and gathering area strongly consider the Historic Courthouse.

Thank Hudsonrev
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

This building was a working courhouse when I was growing up in Stillwater, and has been beautifully preserved. They have jail tours where you can get a taste of what life was like "back then" when things weren't quite so "cushy". Best time of the year to visit is when they are decorated for Chirstmas - absolutely gorgeous!

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Reviewed February 1, 2013

had our wedding there and it was amazing. gorgeour setting and the staff was very helpful! all aroundwonderful experience.

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Reviewed January 29, 2013

We visit each year the weekend before Thanksgiving to attend the holiday event. The enchanting decor puts us in the holiday mood and the vendors provide fantastic options for buying those special gifts. Be sure to have a little treat as you rest your feet.

Thank MJinMN
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

great place to hold a special occasion. They are very easy to work with and it looks nice. You can bring in caters and also have bar services with Beer and Wine

Thank Margo04
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