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Visit Us At The Fair

Jay County Fair

Dressed up for the Fair?

Come visit our booth at the Jay County Fair from July 7-12 from 12 noon to 9:30 pm.  Stay in touch with the past while looking toward the future.  Visit with old friends and share memories while you browse through our collection of photos.  This year there will be a special display covering the Gas Boom Era in Jay County.  You’ll be surprised at what you might discover.  Get a glimpse of the plans for the Heritage Festival this year in October.  There will be a focus on the 1940s through the 1970s.  Also, hear about our plans for expansion of the Museum.  There are so many reasons to stop by.  See you then.


Welcome to Jay County History

The Jay County Historical Society welcomes you! We are proud of our work collecting, preserving, and displaying the rich heritage of Jay County, Indiana, the only “Jay” County in the United States. Come see the 11,000 square foot Jay County Historical Museum. Admission is free, and the museum is handicapped accessible. The museum is staffed by dedicated volunteers who would be happy to share Jay County’s history with you. It offers visitors a unique glimpse of bygone times here in east central Indiana.

Children play at the fair near Floral Hall in 1892

 Sunday museum open houses occur frequently throughout the year. In the early fall, our Jay County Heritage Festival has history-related fun and entertainment for all ages on the grounds of the museum, and admission is free. End-of-year holiday time brings special indoor activities at the museum, as well.

The Jay County Historical Society is supported mostly through membership dues and donations. Please consider joining the Society. Members receive the Jay County Journal, our monthly newsletter with articles about both current events and historical topics in addition to a mystery picture. We also sponsor informative and interesting monthly program meetings at the museum. An annual dinner meeting for members is held in November with a special program and election of the board of directors.