Then & Now

Six months ago marked the 150th anniversary of the Washington County Historic Courthouse. It also marked the grand opening of the exhibit, Life as a Civil War Soldier: The First Minnesota and Co.

The LeDuc Historic Estate, a Gothic Revival mansion built in the 1860s by Brig. Gen. William G. LeDuc (an Ohio native who moved to the Minnesota Territory in 1850 to open St.

Stillwater is known for its charming streetscapes and historic riverside, but a part of the city’s downtown is hidden beneath rock and concrete.

Start with the basics, said Bud Brine, the original owner of Brine’s Meat Market and Restaurant in Stillwater: “If they love the ground beef, they’ll come back for the steak.”

They say if walls could talk, we’d know the untold stories of our most beloved buildings. If the walls of Hudson’s Octagon House could talk, we’d hear several different perspectives—eight, to be exact.