1. Historic Courthouse New Schedule

    Beginning May 1, 2019, the Historic Courthouse will be open daily. Public hours will be 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday; and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Read on...
  2. Campground Closure

    The Lake Elmo Modern Campground (sites 1-80) will be closed after September 8, 2019, for an improvement project. Read on...
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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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  1. Exhibit Grand Opening
  2. Community Ice Cream Social
  3. Nooks & Crannies Tour
  4. Christmas at the Courthouse
  5. Victorian Tea

SpokesFolks Logo

Saturday, June 1, 2019, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.

The public is invited to the Washington County Parks grand opening of the exhibition Spokes & Folks: The Evolution of Bikes & Trails in noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 1 at the Washington County Historic Courthouse.This exhibition is curated by local Stillwater scholar Megan Arney Johnston.

Celebrate the amazing history of bicycles and the vast network of trails in Washington County with family-friendly activities and fun, including a bike rodeo, vendors, children’s crafts and a bike giveaway!

The Washington County Sheriff’s Department will host a Bike Rodeo from noon to 2 p.m. Bike rodeos are a way to get children active and provide an opportunity for them to practice and develop skills to become better bicyclists. Bring your own bike and helmet to participate. Bicycles will not be provided.

Tour the new the exhibit to see a wide array of bicycles from the 1800s to today. Children may honk bike horns and ring bells to their heart’s content in the Horns, Bells & Bikes children’s section while learning how children’s bicycles have evolved over the years. Stop in the Wheels of Time section to learn what a “boneshaker” is and watch a video on how people got on/off and rode bikes taller than themselves. Stop by the arts and crafts area to create a watercolor bike painting to take home.