Mission Statement

“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.”

Dancing with the Hendricks County Stars

April 6, 2019


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Don’t miss this year’s great event, “Dancing with the Hendricks County Stars” on April 6 at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds Expo Hall! This major fundraiser for the museum is a fun-filled evening of dining, dancing, and great dance performances by “Stars” of Hendricks County! Tickets are $65 each and you can buy now (link below)! Last year we sold out, so don’t wait to get your tickets for this fabulous event.

Click below to buy tickets or sponsor an event.

About Us

​The 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.

Donate to the museum in honor of Helen Hartsock

Helen loved the Hendricks County Museum. She was proud that her daughter, Faith Toole and granddaughter, Raini Watson are great supporters of the museum. She often visited when Raini volunteered as a docent. On one visit, Helen modeled a hat from the 1920s.


If you’re interested in having a tour of the museum, click the link below and fill out the form on the tours page.


The Hendricks County Historical 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.


  • Central Normal College
  • The Old Jail
  • Military Room
  • Sheriff’s Office
  • Kitchens
  • Parlor
  • Children’s Room
  • Adult’s Room
  • Changing Exhibit

Available Items

Some of our items are available for purchase. To view a list of these items, click the button below.

This website was made possible by a grant from the Hendricks County Community Foundation.

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