Washington County Celebrates 150th Anniversary of Historic Courthouse Today

Tom Wieland

The Washington County Historic Courthouse. (Photo by Tom Wieland via Pictures of Stillwater Facebook group)

Washington County is celebrating 150 years since the groundbreaking of the county’s Historic Courthouse, the 100th anniversary of the Soldiers and Sailors Civil War Monument and special dedication of its 2017 Time Capsule.

The 150th Anniversary Celebration will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 3, at the Historic Courthouse. There will be a time capsule ceremony, live music, Civil War re-enactors, $1 hot dogs, old-fashioned candy, picnicking on the lawn and a Civil War exhibit grand opening.

The public is invited to enjoy a picnic on the Washington County Historic Courthouse lawn.

A program by Arn Kind, “Minnesota in the Civil War,” will be presented at 11 a.m. Civil War reenactor Ken Martens will be on hand at 12:30 p.m. giving a speech on Sam Bloomer, a Stillwater area soldier who fought with the First Minnesota in the Civil War.

The colors will be presented by the Air Force Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps from Woodbury High School. Local officials will address attendees at 1 p.m., and the Time Capsule Ceremony will be at 1:30 p.m.

A cannon firing from the Battery 1st U.S. Artillery will close the day.

During the event, the 150th Anniversary Time Capsule will be dedicated with items representing Washington County. The items in the Time Capsule will give future generations a glimpse of what life is like in Washington County.

The information will represent Washington County in 2017 and ensure a legacy for years to come.

The event is free and open to the public.