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Great Pumpkin Walk Coming to Salem….and we want YOU to be a part of it!  

Washington County Tourism is sponsoring a pumpkin walk and pumpkin carving contest slated for October 28th and 29th.  Participants can win cash prizes in several categories for their pumpkin creativity and the public will be able to enjoy the efforts of participants by viewing their creations along the community walking trail beginning at the Salem Middle School and ending at the YMCA.

Participants may supply their own pumpkins or pick up a free pumpkin, courtesy of Stumler’s and Cornucopia Farm, to at the YMCA parking lot on Wednesday, October 27th between the hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Finished pumpkins should be taken to the YMCA parking lot on October 28th for contest entry between the hours of noon to 5 p.m.  The finished creations will be placed along the community walking path in time for them to be viewed from dusk to 10 p.m.  Lights for the pumpkins will be supplied by the tourism commission.  The pumpkins will again be lit on October 29th from dusk until 9:30 p.m.  Anyone wishing to claim their pumpkin should do so at the end of the pumpkin walk between 9:30 to 10 p.m. on the 29th.  After 10 p.m. and until 10:30 p.m., remaining unclaimed pumpkins will be available to anyone wishing to take one home for Halloween display.  Unclaimed pumpkins will be disposed of after that time.
Categories include adult, high school, middle school, grades K-2 and grades 3-5.  Best pumpkin in the adult category will be awarded $125 with each of the school categories receiving $75 for the best entry.
In addition to enjoying viewing the pumpkins during the walk, children will also be able to claim candy along the way as well as participate in various craft stations. 

Further Information…
…When pumpkins are turned in, each will receive a number and category listing so each will be anonymous for judging purposes.  Judges are from out of town.
…Pumpkins may be carved, painted, have additional pieces added (such as hats, glasses, hair, etc.).  The pumpkins will be displayed after dark, so pumpkins that can be lit are encouraged.
…For the elementary category parents are certainly encouraged to supervise their children’s execution of their design, but please let the child be the one coming up with the creativity.
…Multiple entries may be made.  Free pumpkins are limited to one per family member, but entrants may supply their own multiple pumpkins if desired.
…Pumpkins deemed offensive (yes, there are such things as inappropriate carvings) will be eliminated.
…Be sure to leave an opening either on top or in the back for the lights which will be provided each evening by The Tourism Commission.
…Be creative and have fun!  We hope to see your entire family at the event!




George Washington at Vallye Forge

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!


Adjacent Counties...

  • 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.


Washington County Indiana Historical Markers


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."


Location: North side of Washington County Courthouse, Salem. (Washington County, Indiana)

"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."


Location: near 5751 East Greenbriar Road West, Pekin. (Washington County, Indiana)

"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."


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.

Located at old Quaker Church on Quaker road, just north of highway 56, a couple of miles east of Salem.

Located on Blueriver Road 1.5 miles from highway 60 at National City Bank in Pekin.

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.