Indiana Landmarks Salem Stroll

For Immediate Release                                                             

Media contact:

Greg Sekula, director of Indiana Landmarks’ southern office in Jeffersonville, 812-284-4534,

October 5, 2016


Community Photograph at the Washington County Courthouse -Sunday, October 23, 2016 2:15 pm



Indiana Landmarks, a statewide, non-profit, historic preservation organization, is inviting all residents of Washington County to the south lawn of the Washington County Courthouse on Sunday, October 23rd at 2:15 pm for a community photograph with the beloved Washington County Landmark. The group photo will be submitted to the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s “This Place Matters” campaign which spotlights significant community historic sites around the country.  “We want to show County leaders and people throughout Indiana and the Country that the Washington County Courthouse is a beloved local landmark and the community is committed to preserving this iconic structure for future generations, “said Greg Sekula, Indiana Landmarks’ Southern Regional Director.  The Washington County Courthouse was listed on Indiana Landmarks’ 10 Most Endangered Historic Places this year in response to the deteriorated condition of the courthouse tower and the need for other repairs to the 1888 landmark.  Local Salem resident and photographer Cecil Smith will take the group photo.  There is no cost to participate in the photo event.


The photo opportunity is part of a Salem Stroll event being held by Indiana Landmarks from noon – 5:00 pm on Sunday, October 23rd. 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., followed by the Courthouse open house and photo.


The afternoon ends with tours of two private homes: Raymond and Tina Lee’s Second-Empire style home built in 1886 and located at 303 East Hackberry Street, Salem, and Tom Johnson and Lisa Thompson’s c.1850 home located outside of Salem at 4215 East Canton-South Boston Road.


COST: $25/person; $5/child under 18 ($15/member of Indiana Landmarks). Tour tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the Southern Regional Office at 812/284-4534.

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