The Jennings County Historical Society is a not-for-profit 501© 3 organization. Our mission is to "present, preserve and document the history of Jennings County." The North American House, society headquarters and historical museum, offers a high-quality history center in the old time arts with programs designed to teach and display the evolution of Jennings County. Thousands of unique artifacts are on display and an archives of historical documents/photos may be used upon request.
The museum, which is owned and maintained by the historical society, was built in 1838 as a Stagecoach Stop and Inn. The Society sponsors 3 major events/festivals, which bring more tourists to Jennings County than any other organization. Over 20,000 tourists visit Society sponsored programs and events. The whole county realizes an economic impact from the Society's festivals. All event proceeds are used to maintain the museum and preserve the county's rich heritage. For more information on these events, check out the Events tab.
Planning a visit to the museum? We are open every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11am-4pm, during festivals, or by appointment. Admission is free. To contact the museum, please call (812)346-8989. If you need to talk to someone on a day when the museum is closed, you may email us at ►firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Jennings County Historical Society Curator, Chris Asher at 812/350-7081 or County Historian Sheila Kell at 812-346-1806 or Volunteer Lou Malcomb at (812) 320-7620. We are always looking for and welcoming new volunteers to help with the museum.
Where are we located? Vernon, Indiana is located approximately midway between Louisville, Kentucky, Indianapolis, Indiana and Cincinnati, Ohio. From Interstate 65, take the Seymour/North Vernon Exit east to North Vernon on US Hwy 50. At the junction of US Hwy 50 and Hwys 3/7, travel south approximately two miles to Vernon. We are located across the street at the NE corner of the Jennings County Courthouse, one of Indiana's oldest courthouses.