Welcome to Historic Salem Indiana!

Salem is located in scenic Southern Indiana just 35 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky and less than 100 miles south of Indianapolis, Indiana. Salem is a great place to live and make a living. We have high achieving public schools, and a wide variety of community activities. Salem also has a strong and diverse economic base. If you're a visitor to Salem, we hope you will take note of our many unique and historic destinations. As a city, Salem has retained much of its small town flavor, a flavor that is enhanced by the city’s tree-lined streets, stately old homes and a friendly atmosphere that has been nurtured and handed down through the generations.


City to apply for housing grant money

Hoping to help senior citizens and those on disability to make minor improvements to their homes, the City of Salem is applying for housing grants from the state. The city is working with Administrative Resources association (ARa) out of Columbus.

A public meeting about this opportunity will be held March 17 at 2 p.m. and a hearing will take place the same day at 5:30 p.m. Both will be held in the council chambers. The city could receive anywhere from $150,000 to $350,000, depending on how much interest is shown in the community. The city will be required to provide a 10% match of the funds.

Deb Lilly, manager of municipal programs for ARa, said applications will be available at the meeting for residents to fill out. Homeowners could receive up to $15,000 each.

“This grant will help provide more comfort for our homeowners’ accessibility as required for overall livability improvement and their homes,” said Mayor David Bower. “This is a great program and opportunity for Salem.” 

The city’s application must be filed by July 31 and they will know some time in September how much money, if any, will be awarded.

The grants will help with improvements to owner-occupied homes within city limits. These improvements may include electric upgrades, heating, cooling and plumbing, roofs, windows and doors, lead-based paint hazards and home modifications, i.e. accessibility ramps, kitchen modifications.

Eligibility requirements include that applicants must be at least 55 years old or disabled, be in a single family, the structure must be an owner occupied home and be on a permanent foundation. The house must also be insured and be in need of modifications. Contract sales are not eligible. 

There are also income guidelines. Total household income must be at or below the following: 

1 person - $27,050

2 persons- $30,900

3 persons -$34,750

4 persons-$38,600

5 persons -$41,700

For more information, call or write ARa at 748 Franklin St., Columbus, IN 47201 or 812-376-9949 or contact the City of Salem at 812-883-4265.


H & R Bakery Coming to the Square

H & R Bakery will be relocating to the Historic Salem Square! H & R Bakery will be relocating to the former Craft Town building on the Northeast side of the square. Duane and Juanita Daugherty, H&R Bakery owners, are hopeful to have their new location open in 1-1 1/2 years, stocked with the same wonderful products the community and beyond, have enjoyed for many years.  The Daugherty's have owned and operated the business for 16 years.

Pictured in the gallery above enjoying H & R cookies and donuts are left to right: Councilman Justin Green, Councilman Danny Libka, Mayor David Bower, owners Juanita and Duane Daugherty, Councilman Wally Terkhorn, Councilman Warren Jones, Councilman Ron Haendiges, Jody Smedley Salem Board of Works, and Rick Richardson Urban Enterprise Zone.


Community Block Development Grant awarded to Heart of Salem

The Heart of Salem Committee has been working on the Community Block Development Grant for approximately two years and the work has finally paid off!

The group learned in September they would be a recipient of a Community Block Development Grant. The group attended the Awards Ceremony for the Community Development Block Grants in Indianapolis on December 1st. The Heart of Salem/Main Street Committee was awarded a $400,000.00 grant for usage on the Salem Square. Priority usage of the grant will be sidewalk restructuring, new benches and planters, and the repair of sidewalk bricks.  

Pictured from left to right at the awards ceremony in image above: Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann, City Councilman Wally Terkhorn, ARa representative Deb Lilly, City Councilman Warren Jones, City Clerk- Treasurer/Heart of Salem Member Pat Persinger, Heart of Salem Member/Mayor’s Asst. Joy Bierly, Councilman Justin Green, Councilman Ron Haendiges, Street Department Asst./Heart of Salem member Cindy Walton, Mayor David Bower, Park and Rec. Director/Heart of Salem member Denise Newkirk, and Salem Utilities Office Manager/Heart of Salem Chairperson, Carol Brough.

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Public Meetings

Board of Public Works & Safety
03-09-2015 6:00 pm
Common Council Meeting
03-09-2015 7:00 pm
Board of Public Works & Safety
04-13-2015 6:00 pm

Community Events

Washington County SOAR’s 5th Chili Cook-Off
03-14-2015 4:00 pm
Beck's Mill Open for the Season
04-03-2015 11:00 am
Spring Gathering at Beck's Mill
04-25-2015 10:00 am