Collections

The Hendricks County Museum is a fascinating place filled with artifacts dating back to before we were even a county. 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.

The following are samples of the many collections within the museum. If you are interested in personally viewing any of these, contact the museum for an appointment.

Calling Cards from Virginia Keeney Coats

Mollie E. Deweese, Sarah J. Deweese, Otta G. Randol, Ondis A. Nelson, Jessie H. Nelson, Eldora Nelson, Dr. N. B. Hix Thomashill, MO., Nettie Padgett, Jonette G. Ashley,David A. Nelson, John May, W. B. Mix, Ottie G. Randol, W.F. Nelson, Lina Heath, Charles W. Powell, Amos F. Nelson, Ellet Deweese, James J Sanders, Charles M Deweese, R. F. Dancey
Many photos of the Nelson, Leach, Leak and Keeney families.

Cemetery records (also available at Danville & Plainfield libraries)

Schools

White Hall One Room, Center Township 1900-1903 Grade book with student’s names.
Dana School Grade book for 1926, with student names and grades. The years include 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th. (Vermillion County, Indiana)

Cemetery records (also available at Danville & Plainfield libraries)

Marriage Licenses

Joshua M. Brown and Elizabeth Newman, January 24, 1865
Sidney H. Warren and Alice Osborne Hendricks County, December 21, 1882
Oliver Kennedy to Surelda F. Stewart, Hendricks County, February 21, 1884
Henry Hendricls to Pearl Gentry, Hendricks County, February 22, 1911
Chester Parker to Lottie Ridgeway, Hendricks County, September 2, 1916
Osa S. Dooley to Leona Jane Haynes, Hendricks County, January 20, 1921

Churches

First Presbyterian Church, Danville
Maplewood Christian Church, Maplewood
Northview Christian Church, Danville
Stilesville Methodist 1903-1912, Lake Valley Methodist, Salem Methodist, Cherry Grove Methodist – 1903, Wesley Chapel Methodist (These are from one minister who had each church on his circuit)
Ministers of the White Lick Methodist Circuit 1822-1841

Family Collections

Bosstick, John Hanson Craig, Dooley Family, James Elrod Family (Amo & Coatesville) Charles Heckman (Korean War), Paul Herold (World War 1), Ketter Family (World War 11), C. E. Farabee M.D./Smith/Marish, “Doc” Virgil Foster, Roy & Frances (Weaver) Fisher Family, George Merritt, Schuyler Mowrer, Amos & Walter Shelton, Sam Thompson, Baseball Player

Physicians

These are records that include office calls as well as many birth records.
L. A. Armstrong, Danville
B. M. O’Bruinlas, New Winchester (1905)
Clark E. Farabee, M. D. * Dr. Farabee’s 1894 medical book has been copied and can be see at the museum.
Harmon & Harmon (1929)
J. F. Ligman, M. D. (1919)
T. G. Smith (Brownsburg)
E. D. Edmund Storey, M. D.
Dr. John Ellett (Coatesville)

Obituaries
1936-1956

Rooms

Central Normal College

Upon your visit to the Central Normal – Canterbury College Room you will see a “new look.” New energy efficient windows have been installed. The room has a new tile ceiling and paint job along with a change in the displays.

Old Jail

​Hendricks County has had four jails in its history with each located in Danville, the county seat. The first two were located on North Washington Street just north of the court house square. The third jail and Sheriff’s Residence was built in 1866 at 170 S. Washington Street.

Military Room

The military room is located on the first floor of the residence. The collection has many items from the Civil War, World War I, World War II and the Korean War. A major feature is the Civil War uniform of Col. Abel Streight who escaped from a southern prison camp and with others made his way home to Indiana.

Sheriff’s Office

​The sheriff maintained his main office at the court house. On the weekends and evenings he used a room within the home. There is a set of keys used in the building, a pocket watch belonging to William Shane the father of Sheriff Albert Shane along with other items from former sheriffs.

Kitchens

The​ museum currently has two kitchen displays. Our original display is in the room that was originally the dining room. It connects to the original kitchen through a door on the west wall.

Parlor Room

​The parlor has a new look as six layers of wallpaper were removed. Thirty families lived at the former residence. The families brought their own furniture into the home. When the building was turned over to the Historical Society the building was empty.

Children’s Room

The second floor has three rooms which were bedrooms for the families. The museum has two of these rooms on the tour. The children’s room has many early toys that include trains, handmade dolls and china head dolls.

Adult’s Room

​This room reflects the lifestyle of men and women at the turn of the century. The bed is typical of those used in the last half of the 19th century. It is higher off the floor than modern beds, keeping the sleeper away from cold drafts. The bed features a feather mattress, or featherbed.

Changing Exhibit

We’re proud to feature changing exhibits each year. This year focuses on Hendricks County’s Social Organizations and Scouting. In addition to the Brownie Scout items shown here, you will see Girl Scout and Boy Scout items.

Available Items

These items are available for purchase at the museum.

Hendricks County – Images of America (books)

These books are a part of the “Images of America” series by Arcadia Publisher.
Gail Tharp and Phyllis Parsons ​co-authored the Hendricks County book and features over 200 pictures from throughout the county.

Plainfield by Reann Poray, Brownsburg by Linda Cook, and Danville by Jeff Baldwin are available at the Hendricks County Museum, Danville Library (Indiana Room), Mayberry Cafe Restaurant, Barnes and Noble Bookstores and on-line.

by Gail M. Tharp and Phyllis West Parsons

by Reann Lydick Poray

by Linda Lichte Cook

by Jeffrey K. Baldwin

So Brief A Frontier (book)

A book about Union Township History

by Don Alan Hall

Limited Edition Poster

Local artist, Marti McCoy, has designed a poster for the Hendricks County Museum. This poster features twenty articles from the many items in the museum. A limited number of posters are available for sale at the cost of $25.

by Marti McCoy

So Brief A Frontier (book)

A book about Union Township History

by Don Alan Hall

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