John Hay Center

Coordinates: 38°36′18.98″N 86°5′50.01″W / 38.6052722°N 86.0972250°W / 38.6052722; -86.0972250
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Hay-Morrison House
Hay-Morrison House from southwest.jpg
Front and southern end of the house
John Hay Center is located in Washington County, Indiana
John Hay Center
John Hay Center is located in Indiana
John Hay Center
John Hay Center is located in the United States
John Hay Center
LocationSalem, Indiana
Coordinates38°36′18.98″N 86°5′50.01″W / 38.6052722°N 86.0972250°W / 38.6052722; -86.0972250
Architectural styleFederal
NRHP reference No.71000007 [1]
Added to NRHPOctober 26, 1971

The John Hay Center is on the eastern edge of the Salem Downtown Historic District in Salem, Indiana. It comprises:

  • Hay-Morrison House: birthplace and home of Abraham Lincoln's private secretary and Secretary of State under William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt, John Hay, and is on the National Register of Historic Places since 1971. It was purchased in 1837 by Hay's father, Dr. Charles Hay. The Washington County Historical Society purchased the home in 1967, and restored it to an 1840 appearance.[2]
  • Pioneer Village: a "living village" typical of the 1840s in Indiana. The general store and post office were from New Philadelphia, Indiana, and the bell tower, blacksmith, cabin, carpenter, church, jail, loom, school, and smokehouse buildings were constructed of logs from old Washington County stores and homes.
  • Stevens Memorial Museum: It was built in 1970 from materials of several local historic buildings, particularly brick. It holds several artifacts of Indiana and American importance, and a genealogy center. Exhibits include a dentist office, a local candy maker, and antebellum attorneys. Additions were added in 1984 and 1995.
  • Depot Railroad Museum: Built to resemble the depot burned by John Hunt Morgan in 1863, and holds various railroad memorabilia and panoramas of the Washington County, Indiana landscape in historical times. This includes a money chest that was checked by Morgan's Raiders for money, and when it revealed only tools, the depot was burned. It was dedicated on September 22, 2001, thanks to the efforts of local retired newspaper editor Cecil Smith; whose collection was the basis of the depot, with several grants from contributors and 39 students moved the model trains to the newly built building.[3]

No money was ever borrowed to make improvements on the center; everything was paid with funds already in hand. The center was the brainchild of native Everett Dean, who had a fondness for local history. Much of his memorabilia are within the museum.


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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. January 23, 2007.
  2. ^ "Indiana State Historic Architectural and Archaeological Research Database (SHAARD)" (Searchable database). Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology. Retrieved 2016-07-01. Note: This includes Clara Marie Burns; Lulie Davis; Everett S. Dean (1970). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Hay-Morrison House" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-07-01. and Accompanying photographs
  3. ^ "<the depot - track talk news>". Archived from the original on 2006-03-26. Retrieved 2006-09-21.


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