Introduction to Salem, Indiana
Salem, Indiana, in Washington county, is 30 miles NW of Louisville, Kentucky.
The city of Salem is the county seat of Washington County. Downtown Salem is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The first settlers were attracted by the raw materials, rivers, and wildlife. Then, a small town, Salem was named by the wife of a land surveyor, William Lindley. Salem was also the name of the town in North Carolina where the Lindleys were from. The city was officially recognized in 1814, and two years later, Indiana became a state.
Salem and Nearby Attractions
- Deam Lake State Recreation Area
- Conway Fire Museum
- Corydon Capitol Historic Site
- Cathedral Gardens
- Louisville Zoo
Things To Do In Salem
The Washington County Courthouse is the most famous and widely recognized landmark in Salem, and several historical sites surround it. John Hay Lake and the Lake Salinda provide opportunities for fishing and boating, and Delaney Park is a popular recreational facility. Provisions for fishing, swimming, boating, boat and cabin rentals, as well as modern and primitive camp sites are available at the park. Another park in the area is the Spring Mill State Park. The Knobstone Trail and the Jackson-Washington State Forest are other popular tourist destinations. Local celebrations include Old Settler's Days and Maxwell Street Days held in September and May, respectively.
Flights are available from Louisville International-Standiford Field Airport.
Salem Higher Education
Colleges close to Salem include Bellarmine University, Hanover College, and Indiana University Southeast.