About Us

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.

The museum, which is owned and maintained by the historical society, was built in 1838 as a Stage Coach Stop and Inn. The Society sponsors 4 major festivals annually, which brings more tourists to Jennings County than any other organization. Over 35,000 tourists visit Society sponsored 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, click here.

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 contact Jennings County Historical Society President, Chris Asher at 812/392-2280 or Vice President, Pat Rice at 812/346-5748. We are always looking for and welcoming new volunteers to help with the museum, special events, and projects.

If you have an interest in helping, please call one of the above phone numbers. Where are we located? Vernon, Indiana is located approximately midway between Louisville, Kentucky and Indianapolis, Indiana. 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.


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