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Washington County Historical Society and Museums [MN]

The Society operates two museums: the Warden's House Museum and the Hay Lake School and Erikson Log House Museum. The Warden's House Museum was built in 1853 as the residence of the Minnesota Territorial Prison warden. The museum consists of 14 rooms decorated in the late 19th- and early 20th-century style. Many rooms are like those of an upper-middle-class household while other rooms depict certain historic themes of Washington County, including a room dedicated to the lumbering industry and another that shows off items that children's artifacts from 100 years ago. The Hay Lake School was constructed in 1896 and in use until 1963; the Log House was constructed in 1868 by Johannes Erickson and his 13-year-old son Alfred.

The society offers research library access and occasional recreational and educational events; the Warden's House Museum offers tours; and the School and Log House Museum offer tours and educational programs; and the