John Hay was a personal secretary to Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln fully trusted his friend John Hay and would often ask his opinion on critical matters. After Lincoln's death Hay eventually became Secretary of State for both President's McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt and was instrumental in the making of the Panama Canal! The John Hay Center is a four pronged historical experience. You have the house John Hay was born in and can tour at certain times. Also, you have the Stevens Museum which houses historical artifacts from Salem and Washington County for a small fee. They also have a railroad museum and a pioneer village. The village is replica 1830's complete with a jail,blacksmith,school,church,and much more. It is an ongoing project and each mid-September they have an Old Settler's Day complete with interpreters in period dress. This is a very interesting complex and they have done a great job. I believe John Hay and President Lincoln would approve! Go to John Hay center,Salem,Indiana to check for viewing times.