• HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

    If you are in the market for local gift ideas or you have a history lover on your shopping list, consider dropping by the Stevens Museum, to see our selection of gifts!  We have a wide variety of history books currently on sale, including the Bicentennial Books for both; Washington County and the State of […]

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  • Ordering Books on the Website

    We would like to apologize for any inconvenience suffered through trying to purchase books on our website.  We had a small glitch in the system, which we believe has been remedied.  Thank you for your patronage and Happy Holidays!

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  • HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

    Thanksgiving is our national holiday to celebrate the year’s harvest season and has been immortalized in the teachings of American History, with the first Thanksgiving celebrated, at Plymouth, between the pilgrims and the Indians, in 1621.  However, the holiday took one long, strange and grinding journey to gain its federal recognition. After the initial celebration, the […]

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  • A Brief History of Our Namesake

    John Hay was a great American statesman, diplomat, author and poet, whose political career spanned over 50 years.  He was born in a small brick home, on College Avenue, in Salem, Indiana, on October 8, 1838.  John was the fourth of five children, born in the house, to Dr. Charles Hay and the former Helen […]

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  • The Legend of Dead Man’s Holler

    There’s a hollow out along Cox Ferry Road that many generations of county residents say will inspire eerie and foreboding feelings, even if you visit during daylight hours.  Something about the location is just a little off or creepy.  Some claim it is haunted by a horrible, unspeakable spirit of a bygone era, while others will tell […]

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  • A Tribute to Local Racing Legend, Roy Robbins Jr.

    The Washington County Historical Society is mourning the loss of our native son and legendary, professional race car driver, Roy Robbins Jr., who passed away on Friday, Oct. 16th, at 88 years of age, at his home in Little York.  Breaking into the sport, just after World War II, as an auto racing mania was […]

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  • The Honorable Judge Benjamin Parke

    In 1822, Judge Benjamin and Elizabeth (Barton) Parke, along with their two young children, moved to the east side of the Salem Square from Vincennes.  The couple would quickly become very influential members of the community.  Benjamin was the United States District Judge of Indiana, appointed by President Madison, from the onset of Indiana’s acceptance […]

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  • Attention WCHS members!

    Attention members of the Washington County Historical Society, in an effort to improve communications with our members, we are requesting you email us, your email address, to info@johnhaycenter.org With this information we will be able to provide you immediate notifications of planned events, special meetings, dinners, touring/temporary exhibits, sales and special offers, important updates to the […]

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  • Thank you OSD volunteers!

    The Stevens Museum and the Washington County Historical Society would like to extend their deep gratitude, to the all the volunteers, who assisted with monitoring the activities inside the museum’s main gallery and the grounds of the John Hay Center.  Without your help we would not be able to provide free public access to our […]

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  • Indiana’s 1st Lt. Governor Lived on the Salem Square

    Christopher Harrison was born circa 1780, to an affluent family in Cambridge, Maryland and graduated from St. John’s College.  Afterwards, as he began to study law, he went to work, clerking, for the president of the Bank of Baltimore and soon began tutoring the bank president’s daughter, Elizabeth Patterson.  Over time Christopher and Elizabeth became romantically involved […]

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