Washington County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism
Historic Salem, Indiana and Washington County offers visitors a wide array of offerings. A city rich in history, the town boasts one of the best historical complexes in the country. The John Hay Center houses The Steven's Museum with a vast collection of artifacts as well as one of the most extensive genealogical libraries in the nation. In addition, The Center also has a reconstructed pioneer village on the grounds as well as the birthplace home of statesman John Milton Hay who was President Abraham Lincoln's personal secretary and served as Secretary of State under Presidents McKinley and Roosevelt. The Depot Railroad Museum is also part of the complex with thousands of memorabilia and displays relating to railroading in early America. Many architectural gems may be viewed in the town including the majestic courthouse on the Salem square as well as The Carnegie Library among many others. With several lakes, hiking and walking trails, shops, restaurants, festivals, parks and the county owned Delaney Creek Park, visitors will find an abundance of opportunities. With three bed and breakfasts, a motel and a newly built hotel, accommodations are readily available. Visit www.cityofsalemin.com for complete visitor information.