Street Address
307 E. Market St.
Salem, IN 47167
Mailing Address
307 E. Market St.
Salem, IN 47167
phone: 812-883-6495
Closed Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Holidays
Wednesday - Friday11 AM - 7 PM
Sunday - Tuesdayclosed
Saturday11 AM - 5 PM
Closed for several days during the Holidays. Please call before traveling to confirm we are open.
Museum Tours, Village Tours, Depot Tours, Genealogical Library: $3 each.
General Admission: $3
Willie Harlen, president
phone: 812-883-6495


John Hay Center is postponing all special events & group tours until further notice due to the Covid-19 Concerns.

Built in 1970 as a memorial to preserve the community's history, the Stevens Memorial Museum is the centerpiece of the John Hay Center, founded by the Washington County Historical Society. The museum was designed to preserve the heritage of Washington County, Indiana and contains dozens of exhibits representing thousands of artifacts from generous donors.

The Genealogical Library also represents an extensive collection of documents and materials regarded by many as one of the Midwest's finest collections Dating back to the 19th century, records include birth, death, marriage, divorce and more.

The John Hay Center also serves as host to a variety of festivals and events throughout the year including Old Settlers’ Days held in mid-September each year. During that time, re-enactments throughout the Pioneer Village are carefully crafted to replicate an historic lifestyle and to entertain the public in its village square, school, church and other venues.


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