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 […]Continue reading
Washington County – Land of the Indians Pt. 1
With the European discovery of the Americas, the indigenous tribes of this land had their lives and legacies changed forever, to devastating and irreparable effect. As colonization spread rapidly across the eastern seaboard, the decimated Indian tribes of the eastern states began a forced westward migration, in search of new lands. Some of these tribes […]Continue reading
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 […]Continue reading
New Website for The John Hay Center is Live!
Welcome Back! The John Hay Center, Stevens Museum and the Washington County Historical Society are proud to announce our new and much improved website is now live and open for business! Please add us to your favorites, share with your friends and family, and be sure to check back frequently for updates, news and new materials, as […]Continue reading