Facility/Meeting Space Rentals

A $100 security deposit might be required with some locations. Contact us for more details and to make your reservations

The Depot Meeting Facility

The Depot Railroad Museum provides special facilities for conferences and banquets. If your meeting would be enhanced with a bit of railroading history then consider hosting your meeting or event at The Depot. The Depot conference room will accommodate 125 people without tables and approximately 85 with tables.

Depot and Museum Rental (Non Membership / 4 Hour Duration) - $150 (Each Additional Hour $25)
Depot and Museum Rental (Member Pricing / 4 Hour Duration) - $135 (Each Additional Hour $25)

Pioneer Village Special Event Rental

(Does not include the use of buildings)

Monday - Friday - $250 per day  
Weekends - $400

Additional Rentals

Church - Up to 4 Hours - $75 / $150 all day
Church with Depot - Up to 4 Hours - $200
- Up to 4 Hours - $50 / $100 all day
Shelter House - Up to 4 Hours - $25 / $50 all day
Stevens Museum Basement - Up to 4 Hours $150


Monday - Friday - $250 Evening / Per day**
Weekends - $400 Evening / Per day**

**Note: Fees for an entertainment event are evaluated on a case by case basis by WCHS Board of Directors

Photo of John Milton HayWho was John Hay?

Statesman, Author, Ambassador

John Hay was a great American statesman, diplomat, author and poet, whose political career spanned over 50 years.  He was born in a small brick home in Salem, Indiana, on October 8, 1838.

After John displayed considerable potential in his schooling, his Uncle Milton Hay, who was a practicing lawyer in Springfield, Illinois, took a special interest and sent him to Brown University, where he graduated in 1858. 

In 1860, when John Hay’s childhood friend, John Nicolay, was appointed Abraham Lincoln’s presidential campaign secretary, he was brought on board to assist with the enormous amount of correspondence. 

Hay grew to adore President Lincoln for his goodness, patience, understanding, sense of humor, humility, magnanimity, healthy skepticism, sense of justice, resilience and power, love of the common man and mystical patriotism. Many later noted that Lincoln too, loved Hay as a son and was very attached to him.

In 1903, after years of negotiating treaties, Hay successfully passed legislation that afforded the United States the opportunity to start construction on the Panama Canal. 

Brown University’s John Hay Library was named in his honor, as was the John Hay Air Base, in the Philippines and both his birth home, in Salem, Indiana and his summer estate, The Fells, in New Hampshire, have been historically conserved. 

John Hay Center Hours of Operation

Thursdays - 10:00am – 5:00pm
Fridays - 10:00am – 5:00pm
Saturdays - 10:00am – 5:00pm

Tour Pricing

Self-Guided Tours

Adult (Age 18+) - Donation
Child (Age 6-17) - Donation

Guided Tours

Complete Comprehensive Tour
(Museum,Pioneer Village, The Depot)
Adult (Age 18+) - Tour Price  $20.00
Child (Ages 6-17) - Tour Price $10.00
Guided Tours - Free to Members

Steven's Museum Guided Tour
(Approximate 2 hour Tour)
Adult (Age 18+) -  Tour Price $7.00
Child (Ages 6-17) - Tour Price $4.00
Guided Tours - Free to Members

Pioneer Village
(Approximate 1 hour Tour)
Adult (Age 18+) - Tour Price $7.00
Child (Ages 6-17) - $4.00
Guided Tours - Free to Members

The Depot Railroad Museum
(Approximate 1 hour Tour)
Adult (Age 18+) - $7.00
Child (Ages 6-17) - $4.00
Guided Tours - Free to Members

School Tours

Private & Public School Tours: $3.00 per student/parent (Teachers free & 10 student minimum)

Private Tours

Scheduled Private Tours (More than 5 Guests) (Minimum $50)

Additional Information

*All regular tours are free for Life Members
*Children under 5 are free

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