• Indiana Bicentennial Event – Crown Hill Cemetery

    Indiana Bicentennial Event-Crown Hill Cemetery In conjunction with the Indiana Bicentennial, the Indiana Archive and Records Administration (IARA) is planning to honor the 43 pioneer delegates, who met in Corydon 200 years ago, to compose Indiana’s first constitution and establish our statehood.  To commemorate the contributions of our state’s founding fathers, the IARA will be holding public […]

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  • Washington Co. Land of the Indians Pt. 2 – The Blue River Legend of the Shawnee Princess Eva

    As previously mentioned, in segment 1 of the Indian history, we do not have very much information on the era of time the Shawnee Indian tribal bands occupied the southwest sections of our county.  It is believed they migrated north prior to the end of 1810, so there would not have been much of a pioneer population […]

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  • This Friday Indiana Turns 199 Years Old!!

    Friday December 11, 2015 at 1300hrs/1pm; the Washington County Board of Commissioners would like to extend an open invitation to all of our county’s citizens to attend a public gathering on the North side of the Washington County Courthouse, to honor the 199th anniversary of Indiana’s admittance as the 19th state of the Union.  The Washington County Historical […]

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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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  • 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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  • County’s 1st Settlement

    The first pioneer settlement, in what would become Washington County, formed around a squatter, who migrated here somewhere between 1800 and 1805.  He built a little cabin on poles, in Section 15 of Washington Township, on the forks of Blue River, where there was a salt lick and began a mining operation.  In the pioneer […]

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  • The Matriarch of Salem

    In 1807, one year after the lands that became Washington County were officially surveyed, a group of Quaker men came to the area, from North Carolina, to seek out new lands to settle away from the slavery policies of the south.  Two of these men, Samuel and William Lindley Jr., chose to settle near the Blue River […]

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