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Stevens Memorial Museum - Build in 1970 and expanded in 1995, this facility carefully preserves Salem's rich heritage. The museum features accurate reconstructions of old-time law and dentist offices, hundreds of native relics, Civil War mementos, tools, agricultural implements, furniture, clothing and other captivating displays. The museum is also home to the Washington County Historical Society Genealogy and Historical Library.

Spring Mill State Park- Spring Mill abounds in endless opportunities for recreation! The restored pioneer village is a delight as you travel through time to the early 1800s.

The John Hay House - This birthplace of John Hay, private Secretary to President Abraham Lincoln from 1861 to 1865, was built in 1824. As a writer, 1870 to 1890, Mr. Hay authored Life of Lincoln and numerous poems. He also served as Ambassador to England and as Secretary of State to Presidents McKinley (1898) and Roosevelt (1902).

The Depot - The newest attraction at the John Hay Center includes a railroad station similar to the Monon station that served Salem for 70 years. It recognizes Salem's 1847 role in the organization of the New Albany & Salem Rail Road and houses memorabilia related to railroading in southern Indiana. It also features a model railroad depicting a portion of the Monon route from New Albany to Orleans. Already in place as part of the exhibit is a restored 1929 Monon caboose.

Pioneer Village - Eleven old buildings recreate a "living village" of the 1840s. Discover a cultural surprise in the village as you absorb the differences of life for early settlers in Indiana.

Salem Speedway - This high-banked speedway is famous for ARCA, ASA, and I-Car "racing so fast... it's already history." The Speedway has hosted many of the best-known names in racing. Accommodating up to 10,000 spectators in its grandstand and infield, Salem Speedway celebrated 50 years of speed in 1997.

Thunder Valley Raceway - All summer long, Thunder Valley is home to exciting sanctioned dirt track racing by a wide variety of racing machines. The track is in the Washington County 4-H Fairgrounds in Salem.

The Knobstone Trail- At Delany Park, North of Salem


Third Week in September
Old Settlers' Days, Salem
Held at the John Hay Center.  Pioneer craft demonstrations, lots of music, food, storytelling, children's activities and flea market. 812-883-4303

Aviation Days -
At the Salem Municipal Airport, 2593 W. State Road 56, Salem. For more information call the airport at (812) 883-5858

The Parlor of the Lanning House

The Depot
The Depot

Pioneer Village


206 E. Poplar Street
Salem, IN 47167
Phone: 812-883-3484

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