The Washington County Historic Courthouse has a rich history of civic and community engagement. Today the Courthouse hosts a variety of community, family-friendly events, history-based programs/exhibits, fundraisers and more. Proceeds from our events support the Historic Courthouse Restoration Fund.
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Saturday, April 28, 2018, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Sip and savor a catered multi-course tea and enjoy a program by the Minnesota Historical Society in the stately historic courtroom.
Great Victorian Women
Enjoy a fun presentation about incredible women of the Victorian era who helped shape the way we live, work and play today! Learn about Queen Victoria, the woman who set the standard for an era, Marie Curie, pioneer of scientific discovery, Ada Lovelace, the unsung hero of our computer age, and more!
Arrive early and tour the exhibits and 1900's county jail or view displays of the Historic Courthouse China Collection in the courtroom.
The cost is $40 per person. All proceeds benefit the Historic Courthouse Restoration Fund. Enjoy a scrumptious tea while helping to preserve this historical landmark!
A special thank you to Pinch 'n Rub Spice & Tea Hub for providing the tea!
|Thursday, July 19, 2018, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.|
Held outdoors on the grounds of the Historic Courthouse, the Ice Cream Social is a perennial community favorite and the official kick-off to Stillwater’s Lumberjack Days. Featured fun includes:
- Live music
- Children’s games and activities
- Historic medallion button sales and the first medallion clue reading
- History Exhibits, 1900's County Jail Tours
- Old-fashioned candy booth
- 50-cent root beer floats, Brats / hot dogs, chips, etc. available for purchase.
Proceeds from the root beer floats, candy booth and Historic Courthouse merchandise go towards the Historic Courthouse Restoration Fund.
The ice cream social is free and open to the public. Bring a blanket and enjoy live music on the lawn. In the event of rain, the event will adapt and move indoors. In the event of inclement weather, the Ice Cream Social will be cancelled.
Live Entertainment Line-Up - TBD
2018 Vendor Application - coming soon
Thank you to our local event sponsors Candyland, Edina Realty, Leo’s Grill and Malt Shop, Lift Bridge Brewing Co., Lumberjack Days, the Washington County Historical Society and Washington County.
Have questions? 651-275-7075 or firstname.lastname@example.org
|Saturday, October 6, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.|
Explore the areas of the Historic Courthouse that are typically closed off to the public, including the basement, dome, sheriff's residence and step inside the 1870's jail that housed women and juveniles!
Enjoy refreshments and local treats, historical displays, the courthouse video, vintage photos and more in the historic courtroom. The history exhibits and 1900's County Jail will be open for viewing at your own pace.
Small group tours conducted approximately every 20 minutes starting at 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
$10 suggested donation for adults.
|Friday, November 16 - Sunday, November 18|
Experience the splendor of the holiday season with the 26th Annual Christmas at the Courthouse! This 3-day event is full of holiday spirit and merry memories.
Whether you're looking for a special date night or fun the whole family can enjoy, Christmas at the Courthouse has memorable experiences for all!
All proceeds raised from this event benefit the Historic Courthouse Restoration Fund and help preserve this historic landmark. Built in 1870, the Washington County Historic Courthouse is the longest standing courthouse in Minnesota.
Friday, November 16, 6:30-9:00 p.m.
Gala Preview Fundraiser - $25.00 in advance/$30 at the door
Indulge the senses at the Friday evening Gala Preview event. Guests are invited to sample local beer and wine, delicious hors d'oeuvres from local vendors and enjoy live music while getting a sneak peek into the holiday bazaar featuring unique goods from local craftsmen and vendors.
Saturday, November 17 - Sunday, November 18, 10:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Holiday Bazaar - FREE to attend!
Wander into a winter wonderland on Saturday and Sunday. Take in the sights of the season with the Historic Courthouse decorated for the holidays inside and out, enjoy live music, shop for the perfect gift at the holiday bazaar, purchase locally made treats at the Holiday Bake Shop or bring your camera to take FREE photos with Santa Claus in his workshop from 12:00-3:00p.m.
|2018 Vendor Applications Available Online May 1|
Interested in becoming a vendor at the 2018 Christmas at the Courthouse event? We especially seek out local vendors with a variety of handcrafted goods. Applications will be made available online on May 1, 2018.
This is a juried event and we accept 28-33 vendors each year. To be eligible, please submit the vendor application, check payment, and photos of your product and booth setup for review by the deadline of August 23, 2018. A sample of your product is not required, however it is encouraged in order to assist our jury in making their final decisions. Vendors will be notified by e-mail of their status in the event after the application deadline.
A special thanks to all of our 2017 Gala Fundraiser Food & Beverage Sponsors:
Lift Bridge Brewery
Acapulco Restaurante Mexicano
Chowgirls Killer Catering
Gladys' Dazzling Desserts
Lake Elmo Inn & Event Center
The Wedge & Wheel
as well as a special thank you to Krueger's Christmas Tree Farm for providing the beautiful outdoor décor at the Historic Courthouse, our fabulous musicians who performed throughout the event, and our wonderful volunteers.
Without you this event would not be possible. Thank you for supporting this historic landmark!