Orange County Historic Museum will be open during 2022 Paoli Festival

PAOLI – The Orange County Historic Museum in Paoli will be open in conjunction with the upcoming 2022 Paoli Fall Festival. 

The festival’s theme this year is “Hoosier Heritage.”

The Museum, which is located on the Northwest corner of the historic Courthouse Square will be open for visitors on both Friday, September 9th and Saturday, September 10th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Admission is FREE; however, donations are accepted to help defray cost of upkeep of the museum and historic collection.

New at the Museum is a special temporary display on the “Lick Creek African American Settlement”.  A number of related rare items and artifacts are presently on loan for display purposes from the Indiana State Museum, in cooperation with the Hoosier National Forest.

Maintained by the Orange County Historical Society (OCHS) since 1976, visitors will also find memorabilia of the Orange County communities through the years including rare items associated with the OC Courthouse, early county artifacts, household items,  antique clothing, military display, primitive farm tools and woodworking tools, history of the Dailey Rocker, church and school memorabilia, and a rare miniature English Tudor dollhouse with furnishings.

The museum is housed in what was once the private residence of Dr. J.H. Sherrod and his family, circa 1885.  This was the last private residence to remain on the Courthouses Square.

Don’t miss the turn of the century school room displayed upstairs, a recreation of a typical township school at the turn of the 20th Century along with a period Doctor’s office.

The OCHS also maintains a small gift shop on the lower level of the Museum with a variety of historic books, publications, and keepsakes linked to Orange County.

For more information about the Orange County Historic Museum and/or Orange County Historical Society and any of its activities visit or