Grow your affinity for southern Minnesota history at the first and oldest county historical society in Minnesota. Goodhue County Historical Society was chartered in 1869 as the “Old Settlers Association.”

From cemeteries to churches, you are promised a rich historical experience during your exploration of Goodhue County’s past. River and rail will lead your paths of bygone discovery.

Goodhue Building


1166 Oak Street
Red Wing



Tuesday to Friday:

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


A gateway to the past

As a gateway to the past, you’ll hear stories of the Mississippi River, see the Big Woods and learn about the agricultural and American Indian heritage of the area.

Imagine your life emerging amidst the unique ingenuity and creativity of the region—the wheat market, various industrial bases and boosting of the railroad built foundations for the county and community.

Join the stewardship of county history through the collection, preservation and promotion of natural and cultural history.