History Center is open. The Archives requires an appointment. Call 507-934-2160.

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.


Tours booked between September 1  and April 30 require a minimum party of 3 adults or a $20 minimum fee.

Email the Cox House to book your tour.


$6 | Adult
$5 | Senior 65 years +
$4 | Child ages 5-17
Free for children ages 4 years old and younger and the Nicollet County Historical Society members


The Cox House welcomes all visitors. We recognize the diverse needs of our audience and strive to enable all visitors access to the house. Learn more about directions, parking, and accessibility here.



Historic preservation is a constant process, and with your help, we can keep the doors open for many future generations. Donate today to help fund timely preservation projects at our stunning historic home. Immediate needs include exterior paint, and window repairs. Please help us “Keep the Cox House Standing” by donating today.

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