Historic Waseca

History is all around us.

Discover our roots!

Dakota Indians inhabited the land of Waseca County before the first white settlers located here. The Asa and Eliza Sutlief family filed the first claim in the county in Wilton Township in 1854. By the time the county was organized in 1857, most of the areas in the county were established.

Waseca is a Dakota word meaning rich, especially in provisions. In Dakota writing and books the word waseca is spelled as we spell the name and is used to mean fertile. The name Waseca was first applied to the earliest farming settlement in 1855 near the present city of Waseca.


Check It Out

Waseca county history center museum

Housing over 40,000 artifacts and showcases over 150 years of Waseca County history.

Bailey-Lewer Research Library

Providing access to over 1.5 million digital microfilm records plus newspapers and early vital records.


Connecting people with the evolution of agriculture by being Minnesota’s center for agricultural interpretation.

Discover Fun!

Our get-togethers feature the best of Waseca all year long. You'll love it!

Waseca County Free Fair

The fair has entertainment, education, agricultural experiences plus excitement for all.

Sleigh and Cutter Festival

If you like horses, curling, ice sculptures and parades, this event is for you. 

Waseca Marching Classic

Bands from around the region display their color and musical abilities in parade and field show competitions.