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Visitors are immersed in aspects of Victorian daily life through tours, programs, meetings, and social events at the E. St. Julien Cox House. This historic house museum is a place to relive history, gather for community discussion, entertainment, and fellowship.

Eugene St. Julien Cox and his wife Mariah “Mayhew” Cox built this home and raised their family here. The women raised in this house went on to make local and state history. The Cox House interprets the lives and experiences of Victorian women and tells those stories in dynamic ways to diverse audiences.

Eugene Cox was one of the earliest settlers of St. Peter, an attorney, St. Peter’s first Mayor, and a representative to the State House and Senate. The Home was built in 1871 and is one of the few fully restored Italianate homes in Minnesota. His daughter Lillien Cox Gault followed in her father’s footsteps and would eventually become Minnesota’s first female mayor. Her sister Irene would be one of Minnesota’s first female attorneys.


Open by appointment only.
Contact us at (507) 934-2160 or


$6.00 | Adult
$5.00 | Senior 65 years +
$4.00 | Child ages 5-17
Free for children ages 4 years old and younger,
and members of the Nicollet County Historical Society.


Learners of all ages will enjoy stepping back in time to view the striking architecture, hear intriguing stories, and become immersed in the vibrant history of the Cox family.

Email the Cox House to learn more.


  • Built by St. Peter’s first mayor, Eugene St. Julien Cox
  • Home to Minnesota’s first female mayor, Lillien Cox Gault
  • Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.
  • One of the few fully restored Carpenter Gothic cottages in Minnesota.
The Cox Family Women

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