We have a new family day-trip favorite: Salem, Indiana, specifically the John Hay Center. John Hay was the private secretary of Abraham Lincoln and Secretary of State under McKinley and TR.
I took so many pictures, I’ve split them into two groups. Today, I’ll share mostly ones dealing with the Pioneer Village, outside the museum proper but still on the grounds.
The Pioneer Village was constructed between 1979 and 1986 (and is still developing, as museums do). Some of the buildings were moved intact from spots around the county (and one from nearby Scott County), some were taken apart and reassembled, some were constructed of materials taken from other period buildings, and some were rough-milled for the project.
So let’s go and — Oh, wait! A mural!
That was on a wall in a passage between downtown and the Museum/Village, sharing passage space with the police department. I particularly like the woman in the green skirt whose upper half vanishes into a window.
Okay, back to doors and entrances.
There were many entrances to the Pioneer Village.
Lots of stuff along the walk, like this medallion which used to be above the entrance of the State Bank of Salem. The President of the bank bought it in Germany because he thought it looked like his daughter. She looks like somebody you don’t want to mess with. You go, girl!
This is the same guy who bought a little inn around French Lick, where there were some mineral springs. He called his place West Baden Springs Hotel. After the hotel burned down in 1901, he rebuilt it, making it fireproof. Oh, yeah, and also FREAKIN’ AWESOME. It had the world’s largest free-span dome, right up until 1965, when Houston built the Astrodome.
Okay, so the Pioneer Village. They do a tour, and sometimes they do reinactments, but we just popped around and looked, because we wanted to save ourselves for the museum.
Boy, oh, boy, did we have a good time! We took Youngest Grandson, and he had a good time, too, even without video games. We talked about ’em, though. Because.
This has been part of Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors link-up. Head on over, look at his post, click on the little blue froggy link, and visit other dooristas.
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Someone sees something that looks like someone it couldn’t possibly be of.