Welcome to Historic Salem Indiana!

Salem is located in scenic Southern Indiana just 35 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky and less than 100 miles south of Indianapolis, Indiana. Salem is a great place to live and make a living. We have high achieving public schools, and a wide variety of community activities. Salem also has a strong and diverse economic base. If you're a visitor to Salem, we hope you will take note of our many unique and historic destinations. As a city, Salem has retained much of its small town flavor, a flavor that is enhanced by the city’s tree-lined streets, stately old homes and a friendly atmosphere that has been nurtured and handed down through the generations.


Join the fun at the Pioneer Village

The Pioneer Village will be decorated for Halloween and fun filled activities. Join us on Saturday October 24th from 6:00pm - 7:30pm. The Pioneer Village is located on East Market Street behind the Stevens Museum.   

Special Thanks to these Volunteers:

Volunteers from the John Hay Center, Salem public library, Salem Parks and Recreation Department, city fire & police department, the Pollock family, Salem rotary, Tri Kappa, WSLM, Prevent Child Abuse Council, Hoosier Hills Pact, SOAR Literacy, Meadow View Health and Rehab, Washington County Sheriff’s Department, and Kirk Elliott along with the Boy Scouts, Salem Moose Lodge, Washington County 4-H, Scotty’s Sanitation, and line dancing with Sharon Lamb and others much fun!

Community children will enjoy free activities including:

  • Enjoy caramel corn, hot dogs, trick or treat bags, cider, candy
  • Other activities only the spirits will know at the time of the event!
  • A “spookier” area is planned for older kids this year. you never know who may be lurking around for a “haunting” experience!

For more information you may call Kathy at the Steven’s Museum 883-6495,  Denise Newkirk at the Parks and Recreation Office 883-2895, or Donna Hurst at the Salem public library 883-5600.



Main Street, Heart of Salem Project Underway

City of Salem Road WorkAfter the Salem Water Department installed eleven new water meters on the Salem Square, the Salem Main Street "Heart of Salem" project has finally begun.  Over the next three months there will be replaced and repaired pavers, new trash receptacles, benches, and flower/tree containers.  Also they will be working on easier handicapped sidewalk accessibility.  This is all part of a $400,000.00 Main Street Grant awarded to the City of Salem.



Jump Start Events

The Salem Parks and Recreation Department along with the Salem Public Library recently took part in the Salem and West Washington "Jump Start" events.  These are very worthwhile causes to supply children with items they need in order to begin school. 

Pictured is Donna Hurst with the Salem Public Library.


Super Hero Night at the Museum

"Super Hero Night at the Museum", included handmade capes, popcorn, and drinks, as these "Super Hero" kids flew down the alley to Salem City Hall to watch a free sponsored by the Salem Parks and Recreation Department, Salem Public Library, and Washington County Prevent Child Abuse Council.  All a part of the "Super Heroes" Summer Events.


Bird Watching on the Walking Trail

Birdwatching in Salem"Bird Watching on the Walking Trail", included camo binoculars, camo drawstring bags, turkey and ham sandwiches, chips, and drinks, and painting wooden bird houses all under a blue sky and great weather.  Another of the "Super Heroes" series of free events sponsored by the Salem Public Library, Prevent Child Abuse Council and the Salem Parks and Recreation Department.

The Cheddar Depot furnished the terrific sack lunches.  The participants enjoyed a walk along the Walking Trail using their binoculars.  Some of the children enjoyed telling stories along the way.

Cicada WatchingObserving a cicada through camo binoculars, while on the walking trail.

Service & Education Events

There are no up-coming events

Public Meetings

Board of Public Works & Safety
10-12-2015 6:00 pm
Common Council Meeting
10-12-2015 7:00 pm
Board of Public Works & Safety
11-09-2015 6:00 pm

Community Events

Oktoberfest at Historic Beck's Mill
10-24-2015 11:00 am
Christopher the Christmas Tree
12-01-2015 7:00 pm
Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade
12-05-2015 6:00 pm