"The Washington County Community Foundation has deemed 2018 The Year of the Super Hero in honor of their 25th anniversary. As a way to commemorate this milestone, the WCCF is hosting The Wall That Heals May 17-20. TWTH is a half-scale traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., that includes a mobile education center and informational tent. "
- 4433 South Beck's Mill Road - Salem, Indiana
- Phone: 812-883-5147
- Website: WWW.BECKSMILL.ORG
DATES AND INFORMATION FOR 2018
- Opens: Saturday, April 14th due to Easter being on Sunday April 8th. Closes: Sunday, October 28th.
- New hours for 2018: Closed on Friday’s. Extended Saturday hours-9 am to 4 pm. Sunday’s 1 pm to 4 pm.
- Pekin Farmer’s Market will be making their new home in the Beck’s Mill parking lot on Saturday’s (start date TBA.)
- “Second Saturday Flea Market” will also set up in our parking lot starting on our opening day on Saturday, April 14th.
- Events: 5th annual May Day Celebration: Saturday, 05/05/18 featuring West Washington Art students. Theme is “plants native to Southern Indiana” in Beck cabin. Blacksmithing, pottery, cane carving, art and Mock Moonshine demonstrations. Glenna Mitchell, resident artist will be creating in front of the mill. Assorted Music. Pekin Farmers Market along with other craft vendors will be in the parking lot area.
- Mother's Day: Sunday, May 13th. All visiting Moms receive a fre sample bag of cornmeal.
- Memorial Dedication: Saturday, 05/26/18 Stone dedication and service for deceased volunteers in the Beck Cemetery. Moonshiners will perform a gun salute.
- Father’s Day: Sunday, 06/17/18 All visiting Dad’s receive a free sample bag of cornmeal.
- 3rd Annual Wheels for the Mill: Saturday, (July date to be announced) Car show by Matthew Clark.
- 210 Birthday Party: Saturday, 08/18/18 featuring the Corydon Dulcimers , free birthday cake and a free meal by Mt Tabor Christian Church while supplies last. Special adult admission price of $2.10. Mock Moonshine and Blacksmith demonstrations. Pekin Farmers Market and other craft vendors will be in the parking lot area.
- Grind 5K race: Saturday, 10/13/18 by Kathy Qualkenbush-more information coming. Oktoberfest/Cornmeal Bake Off: Saturday, 10/27/18 Campfire beans and Beck’s Mill cornbread. Mock Moonshine and Blacksmith demonstrations. Music. Pekin Farmers Market and other craft vendors will be in parking lot area. Adult art show featuring resident artist Glenna Mitchell. Cornmeal Bake Off-entry drop off is at 11 am in parking lot area. Judging is an noon. Entries must include at least 1/2 cup of white or yellow Beck’s Mill cornmeal, in a non returnable pan and recipe.
Washington County, Indiana was named in honor of U.S. President George Washington. Washington County is the 7th largest county in Indiana at 514 square miles.
As early as 1802, a man named Frederick Royce lived among the Ox Indians at a place known as the Lick, two miles east of Salem and is probably the first white man to inhabit this county. He was a hunter-trader and salt manufacturer. In 1803, Thomas Hopper was the first to settle in this county near Hardinsburg. Washington County, located in Southern Indiana was formed in 1814 and named in honor of U. S. President George, Washington and is the 7th largest county in Indiana at 516 square miles. Just 45 minutes away from French Lick, Indiana and Louisville, Kentucky.
Washington County and the surrounding areas offer a great variety of activities year-round! Whether it’s Christmas time at the county courthouse, gorgeous fall scenery along a beautiful lake, a spring hunt for mushrooms, or a summer festival, Washington County is a great place for all seasons. There are lots of things to do and see in and around Washington County, and we love being your host!
- Jackson County (north)
- Scott County (northeast)
- Clark County (southeast)
- Floyd County (south-southeast)
- Harrison County (south)
- Orange County (west)
- Lawrence County (northwest)
Washington is one of only four counties in Indiana that borders eight others.
Location: South side of Washington County Courthouse, Salem. (Washington County, Indiana)
TEXT: "At this point Gen. John Hunt Morgan routed poorly armed militia and occupied Salem - July 10, 1863. The town was looted and $1, 000 ransom exacted from each mill owner."
Location: SR 135 at Brock Creek Bridge, SW corner, 0.5 mile north of Salem. (Washington County, Indiana)
TEXT: "Located 40 rods west of this spot. Est. before 1812. Salem's early settlers are buried here including Brocks, Kemps, Hendersons; also John Zink, a ranger with Col. Dawalt, fatally wounded by Indians after the Pigeon Roost Massacre."
Location: NE corner of SR 135 & Lick Skillet Road, 8 miles north of Salem. (Washington County, Indiana)
TEXT: "Nearby is the boundary of the Illinoian Glacier, which covered all but approximately 6, 250 square miles in south, central area of Indiana. Most of Indiana's topography was affected by four separate glacial advancements during Pleistocene epoch, circa one million years ago."
WASHINGTON COUNTY COURTHOUSE / SALEM DOWNTOWN HISTORICAL DISTRICT
Location: North side of Washington County Courthouse, Salem. (Washington County, Indiana)
TEXT SIDE ONE:
"County formed 1814 by General Assembly of Indiana Territory. Commissioners selected county seat and named it Salem. This third courthouse completed 1888 using locally quarried limestone. Designed in Richardsonian Romanesque Style by Harry P. McDonald, Louisville. Listed in National Register of Historic Places, 1980."
"Town platted 1814; historic district area includes original plat. Continues as geographical, governmental, business, and social center of county. Nineteenth and early twentieth century commercial buildings-in Italianate, Gothic, and Classical styles-surround public square. Listed in National Register of Historic Places 1997."
SKIRMISH NEAR PEKIN
Location: near 5751 East Greenbriar Road West, Pekin. (Washington County, Indiana)
TEXT SIDE ONE:
"On July 8, 1863, Confederate General John Hunt Morgan and his men crossed the Ohio River at Brandenburg, Kentucky and entered Indiana. As a diversion on July 11, Confederate Captain William J. Davis and his troops crossed the Ohio River at Twelve Mile Island, Kentucky and were attacked. Davis and part of his force escaped into Indiana. "
"Heading to Salem on July 11, Davis and some of his men were captured near Pekin by 73rd Indiana Volunteers and a detachment of the 5th U.S. Regulars. Davis and several other soldiers were taken to New Albany and secured in the county jail. On July 13, Morgan's Indiana raid ended as he rode east out of Harrison on the Indiana-Ohio state border."
JOHN HAY CENTER
Location: On east Market Street, a couple of blocks east of the Court House in Salem (Washington County Indiana)
TEXT: "John Hay Center Historical Society organized 1897. Headquarters and genealogical Library in Museum Building.
Birthplace of John Hay built in 1824 as a school. John Hay, Secretary to Pres. Lincoln and Secretary of State for Presidents McKinley and T. Roosevelt was born here on Oct. 8, 1838. Stevens Memorial Museum – Built in 1970 as a Memorial to preserve the heritage in our community."
FREDERICK ROYSE 1750-1825...
Located at Horners Chapel on Horners Chapel Road, a couple of miles north of highway 150.
EARLY QUAKER MEETING HOUSE...
Located at old Quaker Church on Quaker road, just north of highway 56, a couple of miles east of Salem.
GENERAL JOHN MORGAN...
Located on Blueriver Road 1.5 miles from highway 60 at National City Bank in Pekin.
PEKIN'S FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATIONS...
Located on highway 60 across from National City Bank.
TEXT: " In honor of Pekin, Indiana, a town reported to have held Fourth of July celebrations regularly since the 1830’s. Each July 4 citizens gather in Pekin to remember the birth of their nation and to pay tribute to the sacrifices made by their ancestors for the cause of American Independence."
Below are links to websites and contact information that may be of interest to you when planning a trip to beautiful Washington County Indiana.
- AMERICAN LEGION - SALEM 812-883-2671
- LIONS CLUB - SALEM 812-883-4693 WEB: WWW.SALEMIN.LIONWAP.ORG
- MASONIC LODGE - SALEM 812-883-2839
- MOOSE LODGE - SALEM 812-883-9684
- ST. VINCENT'S SALEM HOSPITAL 812-883-5881 WEB: WWW.STVINCENT.ORG
- ST. VINCENT'S PHYSICIAN NETWORK - CAMPBELLSBURG 812-755-6900
- ST. VINCENT'S PHYSICIAN NETWORK - PEKIN 812-967-6900
- PUBLIC LIBRARY - SALEM 812-883-5600
- WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY 812-883-6495
- YMCA - SALEM 812-883-8495 WEB: WWW.WCFYMCA.ORG
- LEADER PUBLISHING 812-883-1760 WEB: WWW.SALEMLEADER.COM
- GREEN BANNER PUBLICATIONS 812-967-3176 WEB: WWW.GBPNEWS.COM
- WASHINGTON COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE - 812-883-4303; WEB: WWW.WASHINGTONCOUNTYCHAMBER.ORG
- SOUTHERN INDIANA LIVING - http://silivingmag.epubxp.com/i/268060/3