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 Museum Hours: 12-5 PM
Tuesday-Saturday or by appt.
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The annual Daviess County Rail Fest is coming up May 16th and 17th in downtown Washington. Among this year's highlights are:
  • Inaugural Daviess County History Fair. Bring your private collection of historic memorabilia, memory books, business, church or organizational history, and more to show off to the community. See more details below. 
  • The popular Downtown History Train returns from 4-6 PM on Friday and 11-2 on Saturday starting at the Service Master building. 
  • Community Art Show. 
  • Model railroading clubs in the Service Master building
  • Children's rides
  • Rail-themed board games
  • Railroad veterans' roundtable discussion, 2:30 PM Saturday at the Depot. 
In addition, the Daviess County Visitor's Bureau and Heartbeat of the City will be holding a Spring Festival on Saturday May 18 with many more attractions along Main Street.

For more information call 257-0301 or email Volunteers will also be needed througout both days, let us know if you can help and we will set you up with a time and assignment.


We are pleased to announce the first annual Daviess County History Fair will be happening the weekend of Rail Fest May 16th and 17th in the Daviess Room of the Museum. Do you have scrapbooks, photographs, books, clothing, jewelry, or other memorabilia from your family, organization, or business that you would like to show to the community? For this special weekend the DCHS will host your own little museum in ours. Be creative and show off your history to us! See more info and get a registration sheet.

Students can participate as well! Create an exhibit on a historical topic for a chance to win prizes. Download an entry form and see the guidelines.

Daviess County, Indiana

212 E. Main Street,  Washington, Indiana in downtown Washington.  Main Street is one-way west.

Welcome to the Daviess County, IN, Historical Society. We are dedicated to preserving and recording the history of the county, assisting those with questions of a historical nature, and entertaining and educating guests who visit us in the museum. We are open to the public from noon-5 PM Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment

For daily news, photos, and more from our staff please check out our Facebook page.

NEW: Check out our YouTube channel for daily video blogs and more.

If you are interested in joining and supporting the cause, our membership application is here.

We are now offering Genealogy Research Services for Daviess County- for more information see our Services page.

Dean Dorrell, President

Civil War Roundtable

The Daviess County Civil War Roundtable meets on the third Monday of the month (except July and December) at 6:30 PM in the Museum to discuss Civil War related topics. Each month we have a feature presentation from one of our members or a guest speaker. Everyone is invited to join us. 


Monthly Gaming Group

Like tabletop board/card games? The Daviess County Museum is launching a monthly gamie day on the first Saturday of each month. Everyone is welcome to these informal, free, and fun days for all ages. Email us at if you'd like to join the mailing list.

Board meetings are held the last Tuesday of each month at 4:30 PM in the museum. .

Contact Information


812 257-0301 or 812- 444-9360
Postal address
212 E. Main St. Washington, IN 47501
General email



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