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.


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.



Old Settlers’ Days Officially Selected for Indiana’s Bicentennial

The Washington County Old Settlers’ Committee is proud to announce that the Old Settlers’ Days festivals for 2015 & 2016 have been endorsed by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission to be included in the Indiana Bicentennial celebration. 

Indiana Legacy ProjectThe Old Settlers’ Days festival continues to honor our territorial county’s pioneer heritage, as it has since 1875.  The free to the public event is always the 3rd weekend in September, from 10am to 5pm, and for its 35th consecutive year, will be centered around the Pioneer Village of the John Hay Center, in Salem.

The festival returns the village to functioning form and fills it with reenactments and demonstrators.  It also includes; special guest historical reenactors, several musical acts, pioneer era contests, a wide variety of food, artisan and vendor booths, numerous games and activities for children and free access to the Stevens Museum and The Depot train museum. 

So be sure not to miss this momentous community celebration, connecting our state and county’s pioneer heritage to the generations of today! 

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Parks and Rec. Dept. Announces Flag Football Sign Ups

Flag FootballThe Salem Parks and Recreation Department will hold their Flag Football registration for those children residing in Washington County grades Kindergarten-2nd Grade on the following dates:

  • August 20, 3-4:30pm
  • August 21 9am-11am
  • August 25 6-7pm
  • September 1  9-11am
  • September 3  9-11am
  • September 8  3-4:30pm 

All are held at 201 East Market Street, Parks and Rec. Office, Salem City Hall 

Play begins September 12, 9:00am-11:00am behind the Salem Bradie Shrum Elementary School.

Football fundamentals, plays, and scrimmages will be September 12, 19, 26, and October 3rd.  

Cost is $25.00 per player.  For more information you may call the P&R Office at 812-883-2895.


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.

Service & Education Events

Blood Drive at the YMCA
09-17-2015 3:00 pm

Public Meetings

Council Meeting - Special Called Meeting
09-03-2015 9:50 am
Board of Public Works & Safety
09-14-2015 6:00 pm
Common Council Meeting
09-14-2015 7:00 pm

Community Events

Friday Night on the Salem Square
09-18-2015 6:00 pm
Old Settlers Days
09-19-2015 10:00 am
Cornmeal Bake-Off at Beck's Mill
09-19-2015 11:00 am