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  • 4433 South Beck's Mill Road - Salem, Indiana
  • Phone: 812-883-5147


August 23, 2014


"Visit Beck's Mill on August 23rd for the 206th Birthday Celebration. Day includes musical performances by the Corydon Dulcimers and try your hand at a tomahawk throw, Washington County Artisans Farmers Market & cake. Special adult admission price of $2.00 each."







Washington County, Indiana was named in honor of U.S. President George Washington. Washington County is the 7th largest county in Indiana at 514 square miles.

As early as 1802, a man named Frederick Royce lived among the Ox Indians at a place known as the Lick, two miles east of Salem and is probably the first white man to inhabit this county. He was a hunter-trader and salt manufacturer. In 1803, Thomas Hopper was the first to settle in this county near Hardinsburg. Washington County, located in Southern Indiana was formed in 1814 and named in honor of U. S. President George, Washington and is the 7th largest county in Indiana at 516 square miles. Just 45 minutes away from French Lick, Indiana and Louisville, Kentucky.

Washington County and the surrounding areas offer a great variety of activities year-round! Whether it’s Christmas time at the county courthouse, gorgeous fall scenery along a beautiful lake, a spring hunt for mushrooms, or a summer festival, Washington County is a great place for all seasons. There are lots of things to do and see in and around Washington County, and we love being your host!

Washington County is located 20 miles west of Interstate 65 in southern Indiana.


Adjacent Counties...

  • Jackson County (north)
  • Scott County (northeast)
  • Clark County (southeast)
  • Floyd County (south-southeast)
  • Harrison County (south)
  • Orange County (west)
  • Lawrence County (northwest)

Washington is one of only four counties in Indiana that borders eight others.



Location: South side of Washington County Courthouse, Salem. (Washington County, Indiana)

TEXT: "At this point Gen. John Hunt Morgan routed poorly armed militia and occupied Salem - July 10, 1863. The town was looted and $1, 000 ransom exacted from each mill owner."


Location: SR 135 at Brock Creek Bridge, SW corner, 0.5 mile north of Salem. (Washington County, Indiana)

TEXT: "Located 40 rods west of this spot. Est. before 1812. Salem's early settlers are buried here including Brocks, Kemps, Hendersons; also John Zink, a ranger with Col. Dawalt, fatally wounded by Indians after the Pigeon Roost Massacre."


Location: NE corner of SR 135 & Lick Skillet Road, 8 miles north of Salem. (Washington County, Indiana)

TEXT: "Nearby is the boundary of the Illinoian Glacier, which covered all but approximately 6, 250 square miles in south, central area of Indiana. Most of Indiana's topography was affected by four separate glacial advancements during Pleistocene epoch, circa one million years ago."



Location: North side of Washington County Courthouse, Salem. (Washington County, Indiana)

"County formed 1814 by General Assembly of Indiana Territory. Commissioners selected county seat and named it Salem. This third courthouse completed 1888 using locally quarried limestone. Designed in Richardsonian Romanesque Style by Harry P. McDonald, Louisville. Listed in National Register of Historic Places, 1980."
"Town platted 1814; historic district area includes original plat. Continues as geographical, governmental, business, and social center of county. Nineteenth and early twentieth century commercial buildings-in Italianate, Gothic, and Classical styles-surround public square. Listed in National Register of Historic Places 1997."


Location: near 5751 East Greenbriar Road West, Pekin. (Washington County, Indiana)

"On July 8, 1863, Confederate General John Hunt Morgan and his men crossed the Ohio River at Brandenburg, Kentucky and entered Indiana. As a diversion on July 11, Confederate Captain William J. Davis and his troops crossed the Ohio River at Twelve Mile Island, Kentucky and were attacked. Davis and part of his force escaped into Indiana. "
"Heading to Salem on July 11, Davis and some of his men were captured near Pekin by 73rd Indiana Volunteers and a detachment of the 5th U.S. Regulars. Davis and several other soldiers were taken to New Albany and secured in the county jail. On July 13, Morgan's Indiana raid ended as he rode east out of Harrison on the Indiana-Ohio state border."


Location: On east Market Street, a couple of blocks east of the Court House in Salem (Washington County Indiana)

TEXT: "John Hay Center Historical Society organized 1897. Headquarters and genealogical Library in Museum Building.
Birthplace of John Hay built in 1824 as a school. John Hay, Secretary to Pres. Lincoln and Secretary of State for Presidents McKinley and T. Roosevelt was born here on Oct. 8, 1838. Stevens Memorial Museum – Built in 1970 as a Memorial to preserve the heritage in our community."

FREDERICK ROYSE 1750-1825...
Located at Horners Chapel on Horners Chapel Road, a couple of miles north of highway 150.

Located at old Quaker Church on Quaker road, just north of highway 56, a couple of miles east of Salem.

Located on Blueriver Road 1.5 miles from highway 60 at National City Bank in Pekin.

Located on highway 60 across from National City Bank.

TEXT: " In honor of Pekin, Indiana, a town reported to have held Fourth of July celebrations regularly since the 1830’s. Each July 4 citizens gather in Pekin to remember the birth of their nation and to pay tribute to the sacrifices made by their ancestors for the cause of American Independence."


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Story written by Marcia Walker, Staff Writer

"Washington County’s many unique barns are the focus of a photography contest sponsored by the Washington County Tourism Commission and Handcrafted Barn, Mill & House Plaques. The contest is also being held in connection with the community’s Bicentennial celebration and ties into the state’s efforts to celebrate Indiana’s Bicentennial in 2016.

“Our goal is to bring people into the county,” Denise Bessler, a member of the tourism board, explained. “We want to promote tourism in Washington County, to showcase our heritage and create a database of local barns.”
The barns will ultimately be included in a self-guided driving tour that is being developed by the commission, similar to a driving tour in neighboring Scott County. Photos will be used in a brochure promoting the tour and may be used for other promotional efforts aimed at bringing visitors to the county.

Photos will be on display during Old Settlers’ Days, the weekend of Sept. 19. The Washington County Farmers’ Club will select first-, second- and third-place winners. Winners will receive hand-crafted barn plaques created by Scott County artisan Dorrell Harrison.

Harrison is a member of the Scott County Arts Council and was instrumental in initiating the 2011 Heritage Museum Barn Project. He sponsored classic barn contests in southern Indiana in 2008 and 2009 and some of his plaques are on permanent display at Mid-America Science Park in Scott County.

Harrison and Bessler explained that the contest is linked to the Bicentennial Barns of Indiana Legacy Project, which has just been endorsed by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission. Harrison is one of the individuals spearheading that project, which includes a statewide barn contest.

“We (Washington County) will be at the leading edge of what the state’s trying to do,” Bessler said.
Photos must be of barns that are standing, functional and located in Washington County. Photos should measure 3 by 5 inches or 4 by 6 inches and be mailed to Barn Contest, 206 N. Harristown Rd., Salem, IN 47167. They also may be submitted electronically to

Photos become the property of the tourism commission and by submitting the photo, both the photographer and owner of the barn agree that the photo can be used by the commission for promotional purposes.

The deadline for submitting entries is Friday, Aug. 8."