Below are links to websites and contact information that may be of interest to you when planning a trip to beautiful Washington County Indiana.

  • AMERICAN LEGION - SALEM 812-883-2671
  • LIONS CLUB - SALEM 812-883-4693 WEB: WWW.SALEMIN.LIONWAP.ORG
  • MASONIC LODGE - SALEM 812-883-2839
  • MOOSE LODGE - SALEM 812-883-9684
  • ST. VINCENT'S SALEM HOSPITAL 812-883-5881 WEB: WWW.STVINCENT.ORG
  • ST. VINCENT'S PHYSICIAN NETWORK - CAMPBELLSBURG 812-755-6900
  • ST. VINCENT'S PHYSICIAN NETWORK - PEKIN 812-967-6900
  • PUBLIC LIBRARY - SALEM 812-883-5600
  • WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY 812-883-6495
  • YMCA - SALEM 812-883-8495 WEB: WWW.WCFYMCA.ORG
  • LEADER PUBLISHING 812-883-1760 WEB: WWW.SALEMLEADER.COM
  • GREEN BANNER PUBLICATIONS 812-967-3176 WEB: WWW.GBPNEWS.COM
  • WASHINGTON COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE - 812-883-4303; WEB: WWW.WASHINGTONCOUNTYCHAMBER.ORG

 

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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.

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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.

 



MORGAN'S RAID...



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."

BROCK CEMETERY...


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."

ILLINOIAN GLACIER...


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."

 



WASHINGTON COUNTY COURTHOUSE / SALEM DOWNTOWN HISTORICAL DISTRICT...



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

TEXT SIDE ONE:
"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."
SIDE TWO:
"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."



SKIRMISH NEAR PEKIN...



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

TEXT SIDE ONE:
"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. "
SIDE TWO:
"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."



JOHN HAY CENTER...



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.

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

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

PEKIN'S FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATIONS...
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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  • Brock Cemetary
  • Historical Marker 1 Skirmish Near Pekin
  • Historical Marker 2 Skirmish Near Pekin
  • Illinoianglaciermarker
  • Johnhay
  • Johnhuntmorgan
  • John Hay Center
  • Morgans Raid
  • Morgans Raid Route
  • Pekin Fourth 1
  • Salemcourthouse
  • Salem Downtown Historical District
  • Washngton County Courthouse
 

 

 

 

 

NASHVILLE RECORDING TRIO LUCY ANGEL TO PERFORM ARCA PRE-RACE CONCERT

SALEM, IN, April 15 – Nashville recording group Lucy Angel is set to bring their high energy country music act to the high banks of Salem Speedway Fueled by the Hoosier Lottery on Sunday, April 27th as a prelude to the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Federated Auto Parts 200 presented by Crunch’N Nutter.

Lucy Angel
LUCY ANGEL, a mother-daughter trio is the combined forces of Kate, Lindsay and Emily Anderton, three talented, entertaining and brilliantly focused individuals. The group has taken their undeniable harmonies and contagious country music all over the world.

LUCY ANGEL has touched audiences around the world performing hundreds of shows in the U.S. in support of their freshman album. In addition, they have toured Japan, Switzerland and China twice where they were honored to be the very first western /American act to ever sing at the Great Hall of the People in Tiananmen Square, Beijing before Chinese government officials and more than 280 international dignitaries and ambassadors.

Lucy Angel is currently preparing for the release of their self-titled CD “Lucy Angel” which will debut later this spring.

For more information visit online at www.LUCYANGEL.com / @LucyAngelBand on Twitter

Tickets for the upcoming Federated Auto Parts ARCA 200 presented by Crunch ‘N Nutter are currently selling and can be purchased on the Speedway web site or by calling 883-6504 or toll free 1-888-246-7223. Discount general admission tickets ($15 each) are also available at Menards in Bloomington, Columbus, Evansville and Princeton, Ind. and Owensboro, Ky.

The Depot – Railroad Museum. South College Avenue in Salem, Indiana h3. WINTER HOURS OF OPERATION, January – March: Saturdays from 1:00 to 8:00pm.

The Depot transforms the great moments of a past era of Monon history into a reality to be remembered and enjoyed by countless visitors — those who remember they were once kids, and those who have the spark of adventure and intrigue that says they still are.