Take a Sunday drive to stroll around historic Salem with Indiana Landmarks onSunday, 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 at 2:15p.

Indiana Landmarks invites all Washington County residents to participate in a community photo celebrating the Washington County Courthouse. The photo will be submitted to the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s ‘This Place Matters’ campaign.

The courthouse is on the 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