Burr Oak

2009 saw the completion of an important long-term project for the Woodbury Heritage Society. We installed and dedicated at City Hall a permanent exhibit detailing the history of one of Woodbury’s oldest trees (estimated to have first sprouted from an acorn around 1738!). After having survived for well over 200 years, the tree proved no match for progress, and was taken down when Radio Drive was widened in 2007. Thanks to the perserverance of the Woodbury Heritage Society board and the cooperation of Washington County and the City of Woodbury, a slice of the tree was saved and preserved so that future generations could learn about its role in the early days of Woodbury, when it was used by surveyors as a marker tree as early as 1847 because it was already such a noteworthy tree.

You can visit the exhibit during business hours at City Hall, on the first floor, just behind the staircase. A bench with a plaque noting the site’s significance has been placed along the walking path on Radio Drive close to where the tree stood (about 1/2 mile north of Bailey Road on the east side of the street).


Burr Oak Before


Burr Oak After


Just Published!
Shadows of Time . . . Minnesota’s Surviving Railroad Depots by Bill Schrankler and Frederick L. Johnson. Published by the Woodbury Heritage Society, the 256 page full color coffee table book brings to life Minnesota’s remaining 168 depots, including all 53 now on the National Register of Historic Places. Entertaining and fact filled, with hundreds of photographs, maps and other images, the narrative provides a fresh look at Minnesota railroads through brief studies of these aging structures. The forward is by Governor Wendell R. Anderson. You can use the order forms below or follow the link to Bill’s website for easy ordering here.

To fill out the order form on your computer: Save this order form on your computer and open in Microsoft Word. Click “Enable Editing” to fill out the order form. You can email it to Bill Schrankler or print it out and send in the mail.

To print out a blank order form: Save this order form on your computer and open in Microsoft Word. Click “Enable Editing” to print out this order form. Send the completed order form to Bill Schrankler in the mail.

Woodbury Heritage Society members receive copies of our quarterly newsletter, Heritage Happenings.

Our book, Woodbury: A Past to Remember, published to celebrate our country’s bicentennial in 1976 is available for $10.00.

A reproduction of the Woodbury Community Club’s 1923 cookbook is available for $5.00

Woodbury Street Name History

There is a story behind many of Woodbury’s street names. In 2007, a Woodbury Senior Girl Scout, Lisa Clinton, documented the history of the street names of Woodbury for her Girl Scout Gold Award project. The result of her 200 hours of research were documented in a presentation to the Woodbury Heritage Society in January, 2008, and made available below.

Table of Contents

  1. Woodbury Streets by the Numbers
  2. Historical Streets, A-F
  3. Historical Streets, G-L
  4. Historical Streets, M-S
  5. Historical Streets, T-Z
  6. Woodbury Themed Developments
  7. City of Woodbury Street Naming Policy