Our Mission

The Washington County Historical Society provides stewardship of the John Hay Center, in order to connect people to our past by collecting, preserving, and sharing the artifacts and information of our repository with all visitors.

Our Vision

The Vision of the Washington County Historical Society is to establish the John Hay Center as a thriving tourist destination that provides an immersive experience showcasing the history of Washington County. We accomplish this by preserving and enhancing the rich traditions of Washington County, inspiring and involving the youth of our community, increasing membership and volunteerism, while continuing to evolve and innovate the center in order to encourage return patronage. We ensure continued success through prudent financial management and adequate funding of capital improvement projects.

Local Facilities

The Depot Meeting Facility

If your tastes lean towards a more rustic environment with a bit of railroading lore thrown in for an added bit of  charm, The Depot Railroad Museum also provides special facilities for conferences and banquets. 

Contact us for more details and to make your reservations.