The Hancock County Historical Society (HCHS) welcomes you to take a visit through the history of Hancock County, Indiana. We are a local, mostly volunteer group that is a not-for-profit 501©3 organization. Our mission is to collect preserve and interpret the history of Hancock County Indiana, which is located in the east central section of the state. The HCHS is located in the Chapel in the Park Museum and the Old Log Jail Museum at 26 and 28 North Apple Street in Greenfield, Indiana. The historical society has a large collection of items in both the Old Log Jail Museum and in the Chapel in the Park Museum – with most of the displays located in the Chapel’s basement. There are several thousand items in the collection ranging from ice age animal fossils, Native American projectile points, pioneer artifacts, Civil war memorabilia, Victorian era clothing and accessories to World War I and II items. We even have some more modern day pieces.
The mission of the Hancock County Historical Society is to collect, preserve and interpret the history of Hancock County Indiana. However, in addition to collecting artifacts, the organization helps to educate the public on the history of Hancock County through programs, education outreach, books, lectures, and information services. We host several events throughout the year including entertainment activities, workshops and historical lectures. There are also special interest committees that meet periodically. Check out the web site for more information on our upcoming events.
The Old Log Jail Museum and the Chapel in the Park Museum are open to the public on Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. during the months of April through October. Admission is $2.00 for adults and $1.00 for children.
Group tours for schools, service organizations, church groups, and youth organizations (boy/girl scouts) may be made "by request" for week-day and evening appointments - simply call the historical society's office.
The Chapel in the Park is also available for rental for weddings and other events. Please contact the HCHS office for more information.
We do host year long activities and events at HCHS during our "off-season" please be sure to check out the Events Calendar for something that might interest you.