Research center and archives of the Washington County Historical Society


More Than 17,000 History Images and Historical Records

The Research Center and Archives at The Tower Heritage Center collects, preserves, and shares history images and historical records that tell the story of Washington County and the people who have made it their home. Our physical and online archives are open for public research. They contain more than 800 cubic feet of historical records and over 17,000 history images from agencies, organizations, businesses, and individuals throughout Washington County.

Washington House Hotel in West Bend, c. 1864

Browse Our Most Popular Original And Online Collections

Family and Genealogy Researc

We have an extensive collection of church and cemetery records, probates, obituaries and family histories.

Property and Residence Inquiries 

We have Washington County land records, historical plat maps, Sanborn Fire map, tax records, bird’s eye view images, and community directories to aid your real estate or property research. 

Local Business and Organizations 

The Tower Heritage Center Archives have a rich collection of business, organization, and community files that can assist in your research.

Plan your visit!


Thursday 10:00-3:00

Friday 10:00-3:00

By appointment only, please. The archive is located on the 2nd floor of the 1889 Courthouse. Please call the intercom and we’ll greet you off the elevator.

Daily Use Fees

Members: $10.00

Students/Teachers: $15.00

Non-Members: $25.00

Photo reproductions, copies, and other services incur additional costs.