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Market Review | Washington County, Ind.: Scenic attractions, easy location

Beck's Mill Gristmill
Beck’s Mill Gristmill

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.

County Seat:


Troy Merry, Mayor


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Washington County Indiana Economic

Growth Partnership:

Sabrina Burdine, executive director


River Hills Economic Development &

Regional Planning Commission:

Jill Saegesser, executive director


County Commissioners:

Phillip Marshall, Preston Shell, Rick Roberts