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Hendricks County Historical Museum

2015 News


On Thursday April 9th, the Museum board will host its annual fund raiser with an exciting new event, "Dancing with the Hendricks County Stars"! The format will be similar to the popular television show.

Our dancers from the county are:

  • Jay Puckett, Hendricks County Council President
  • Kathy Linton, Hendricks County Flyer Editor
  • Harold Allen, Hendricks County Flyer Publisher
  • Suzanne Whicker, Retired Director of Leadership Hendricks County
  • Deanna Hindsley, Museum Board President

Also, each of the county district High Schools will be represented.

  • Avon - Matt Shockley, Principal
  • Brownsburg - Bret Daghe, Principal
  • Cascade - Jon Acton, Principal
  • Danville - Mike Neilson, Government Teacher
  • Plainfield - Brent Schwanekamp, Asst. Principal
  • Tri-West - Chuck Jones, Sheriff Deputy, Dare Officer

The event will be held at the Hendricks County Fair Grounds, Danville and will include dinner and a silent auction.  Doors open at 5:30 with a Silent Auction and cash bar, Buffet Dinner at 6:30 and dance competition at 7:30!  Tickets are available at Hendricks County Banks and North Salem Banks at $50 per person.  You may also mail your check to the musuem to order tickets or click bekow to order online!


Support your favorite Dancer!

Deadline for ticket purchase is March 31!

The top dancer will get an award, as selected by professional judges provided by Arthur Murray Studios of Avon.  Also, the dancer who raises the most funds will receive a top fundraiser award!  If you'd like to support your favorite dancer, you can donate by clicking on the PayPal button below.  Be sure to include your favorite dancer's name in the note section before checking out


Sponsorships and Corporate Tables

If your business or group would like to financially sponsor or purchase a corporate table for "Dancing with the Hendricks County Stars", contact chairperson Deanna Hindsley at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 317-695-5602.




The newest restoration at the museum is a very important handicap restroom. Also the county has replaced a retaining wall in front of the building that was leaning. We are grateful to the county for their support.



Central Normal College Digitizing Project - The preservation of Central Normal and Canterbury College artifacts continues to be a priority. The majority of materials are available to read on line. You may view the records by going to: Indiana Memory Project, click on the map of Hendricks County and then Hendricks County Heritage. The site is name friendly. You may also view records though the Hendricks County Government Center.



Check out our new displays when we reopen on March 7. We are featuring: a train display with pictures of former depots of the county, our early heritage with a display of arrowheads and early Native American artifacts, truth and fiction pertaining to the former jail, and other interesting artifacts.


Hendricks County is part of the "Images of America" series by Arcadia Publisher. Gail Tharp and Phyllis Parsons co-authored the book and features over 200 pictures from throughout the county. Plainfield by Reann Poray and Danville by Jeff Baldwin are availble at the Hendricks County Museum, Danville Library (Indiana Room), Mayberry Restaurant, Barnes and Noble Bookstores and on-line. The price at the museum and library for any of the three books is $23.

2014 Board Members: Deanna Hindsley, President - Brownsburg; Marty Carter, Vice President -Pittsboro; Phyllis Parsons, Secretary - Belleville; Max Poynter, Treasurer - Danville; Nancy Johnson - Avon; Gail Tharp - Danville; Gary Owen - North Salem; Rex McClain - Avon

Donations are always welcomed. Since the museum reopened in 2007, the volunteers at the museum have been busy organizing the vast collection, inputting our collection into a computer software program, refreshing the exhibits, restoring rooms (the upper and lower foyers, sheriff's office and upstairs bathroom), opening for tours each Saturday, giving special guided tours during the week, and trying to be more visible in the county. The Board is grateful to the many volunteers for their help.


If you would like to lend time with a tour, exhibits, collections there is a place for you. Contact a Board member and they will fit you with your interest. The museum's financial operation is dependent on memberships, donations and grants. Please consider supporting the museum. Gifts can be given "In memory" of a loved one or "In honor" of a friend. We thank you for your support!


"The mission of the Hendricks County Historical Museum is to collect, preserve and interpret items relating to the people, places and events of Hendricks County and to stimulate public interest in the heritage of the county through education, exhibits and special programs."

shopThe museum is located in the former Sheriff's Residence and jail. Built in 1866 at an approximate cost of $30,000, it served as the county jail until 1974. The building is owned and maintained by the county. The museum staff is responsible for the contents and display of the collections.

The two-story brick structure is the only surviving example of the Second Empire style of architecture in the county. The Second Empire style was popular after the Civil War and has as defining elements, a central tower and a mansard roof. The museum was the first building in Hendricks County to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. An exterior renovation of the building, which included restoration of the decorative band of rosettes on the mansard roof, was completed in 1996.

The Hendricks County Museum is a fascinating place filled with artifacts dating back to 1866 when the Museum served as the Sheriff's Residence and jail. There are several rooms decorated in the period of early 1900's, including the kitchen, parlor and bedrooms. Come and experience the rich history of Hendricks County, Indiana.


Hendricks County Historical Museum Sign
170 South Washington St.
P. O. Box 226
Danville, IN 46122

Hours of Operation
Saturday 11am - 3pm

Closed January/February
for Restoration

For appointment or tours call

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