• 141st Old Settlers’ Days Sept. 17 & 18

    This is this year’s schedule of events!  Don’t miss this exciting, educational community tradition!

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  • Come Meet John Hay!

    The Washington County Junior Historical Society is proud to announce, on Saturday, May 21st, a morning meeting with our namesake, John Milton Hay.  Mr. Hay, who was born on our property in 1838, went on to become a great American statesman, diplomat, author and poet, whose political career spanned over 50 years.  He will join […]

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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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  • 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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  • 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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