• 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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  • Seeking 50’s era County Cheerleaders Uniform

    The Stevens Museum @ The John Hay Center is currently seeking a donation from any citizens who participated as high school cheerleaders in the 1950’s era.  We are desperately searching for a uniform similar to the ones pictured above for display in our newly expanded High School Sports room. If you are in possession of […]

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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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  • Washington County Junior Historical Society

    The inaugural meeting of the Washington County Junior Historical Society will take place this Saturday at 10:30am, in the basement of the Stevens Museum @ the John Hay Center. Any county resident aged 9-18 is welcome to enroll in the society. Please bring a parent or guardian with you to the initial meeting, along with […]

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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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  • 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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