Old Settlers' Days
October 7th & 8th 2023
On the grounds of the John Hay Center
About Old Settlers' Days
Old Settlers’ Days is an annual, free to the public festival, first established and held for the community in 1875, to commemorate and honor the pioneers who settled the wilderness lands of the Indiana Territory that would eventually become Washington County.
Remembrance of the Heritage of Old Settlers' Days
The Old Settlers’ meeting at Hobbs’ Grove, last Wednesday, was the first one ever held in the county. It was well attended and the best of good feeling prevailed. Lewis J. Reyman was made President of the Meeting. The call for the old settlers was made by townships, and commencing with the earlies settlers, who came forward and made short statements of early scenes in this county.
George Beck was the earliest settler, having come in 1807, Beck, John C. Thompson, James L. Thompson, Carey Thompson, J. L. Menaugh, Arch. Johnson, James M. Hodges, Cad. W. Jones, Eli Stucker, Joseph Denny, and others made short speeches. Some old relics of early times were exhibited. Take it altogether, the meeting was a success. They hold another one next year, when we expect to see a large crowd.
New Albany Daily Ledger Standard
October 01, 1875