Our Museum


Come see our 10,000  square foot museum at the end of East Main in Portland, Indiana. We are open Tuesday through Friday, 10am to 4pm.  For other times please phone: 260-726-7168.


Jay County Historical Museum 2017

Jay County Historical Museum 2017


Our collections date from the earliest days of the county.

They include many collections, such as memorabilia from the Hawkins Family.  John Jay Hawkins and his family settled in Jay County in 1829,  and he was the first white man to die in the county.  After much hard work and enterprise, his descendants became successful as bankers, merchants, attorneys and legislators. T Our museum is located on the former estate of Morton C. Hawkins, the son of N. B., Jr. Click on the link below to read more:

                  Hawkins family history

Also, one of the most popular displays in the museum is our collection of graduation  pictures from a time when there were eight high schools in the county. Those schools were Bryant, Dunkirk, Gray, Madison, Pennville, Poling, Portland, and Redkey. The high schools were consolidated in 1976.


Dr. & Mrs. Eugene Gillum Room

Dr. & Mrs. Eugene Gillum Room


Memorabilia from the Hawkins Family


Genealogy Library

Genealogy Library



Meeting Room



Clothing Room



Clothing Display in Meeting Room



School Room

School Room


War Room

War Room


 Country Store

Country Store



Medical Room



Domestic Arts



Jack Imel Memorabilia Display



Jay County Gas Boom Display



Laundry Display



Jay Garment Display




Farm Room


Graduation pictures from the eight high schools in Jay County