History buffs have plenty of tourist attractions in Salem, Ind., including Beck’s Mill Gristmill, Depot Railroad Museum, John Jay House, Pioneer Village, Piper Flight Museum, Salem’s Carnegie Library and Stevens Memorial Museum. Auto racing fans know about Salem Speedway. Outdoor enthusiasts have it made, too, with hiking at Knobstone Trail and Lake Salinda, fishing at Delaney Creek Park and John Hay Lake, and camping at Uplands Peak Sanctuary.
Washington County is 35 miles northwest of Louisville, 100 miles from Indianapolis, and within 60 miles of a dozen major universities and medical facilities, including the University of Louisville and Indiana University. The county was formed in late 1813, named after President George Washington, and became an official entity in January 1814. The county seat of Salem was founded in 1814 and named after Winston-Salem, N.C.
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Sabrina Burdine, executive director
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Jill Saegesser, executive director
Phillip Marshall, Preston Shell, Rick Roberts