Get to know Historic Salem on Oct. 23

Walking tours invite exploration of historic landmarks

Take a Sunday drive to stroll around historic Salem with Indiana Landmarks on Sunday, Oct. 23.

The event starts with a guided walking tour of Salem’s National Register-listed town square at noon. That will be followed by a visit to the John Hay Center, a campus that includes the 1830s birthplace of John Milton Hay – personal secretary to President Abraham Lincoln and U.S. Secretary of State under presidents McKinley and Roosevelt – as well as a pioneer village of log structures and the Stevens Memorial Museum.

Next up is the presentation of Indiana Landmarks’ southern Indiana preservation awards at the museum at 1:45 p.m.

After refreshments and before the tour continues, put yourself in a group photo on the south steps and lawn of the courthouse, a 10 Most Endangered site, for submission to the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s “This Place Matters” campaign.

The afternoon ends with tours of two private homes: Raymond and Tina Lee’s Second-Empire style home built in 1886 and Tom Johnson and Lisa Thompson’s c.1850 home.

WHAT: Salem Stroll

WHEN: Oct. 23, noon to 5 p.m. (ET)

WHERE: Starts at the Washington County Courthouse south steps, 99 Public Square, Salem. Park on the square for the walking tour; park at the John Hay Center/Stevens Memorial Museum, 307 E. Market St. for program.

WHO: Sponsored by Indiana Landmarks

COST: $25/person; $5/child under 18 ($15/member of Indiana Landmarks). Tour tickets may be purchased online at

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Media contact: Greg Sekula, director of Indiana Landmarks’ southern office in Jeffersonville, 812-284-4534, Tina Connor, executive vice president of Indiana Landmarks, 317-639-4534 or cell 317-946-3127,

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