801 East Main Street
Salem, Virginia 24153
(540)389-6760 info@salemmuseum.org


About Us

In a lush valley of the Blue Ridge--along what was once the "Great Road" leading westward through Virginia--sits the historic Williams-Brown House. A two-story brick home listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Brown House is typical of buildings which served travelers in the mid-19th century. Originally used for the dual purpose of a residence and post office/general store, today it is home to the Salem Museum.

 As an educational and cultural resource center, the Salem Museum maintains an important collection of local artifacts--including Native American pieces recovered from an early Indian settlement, relics of the Civil War, and mementos of daily life from the span of Salem's history.

The Salem Museum also sponsors a rotating gallery of local artwork, publishes substantive books and articles related to local history, hosts workshops and programs, and maintains a historic herb garden. For the most part, the museum's exhibits and events are free and open to the public. The Museum Shop features books, crafts, replicas, educational toys, and more. Group tours may be scheduled in advance by calling the Salem Museum at (540) 389-6760, or email info@salemmuseum.org. The Salem Museum is a hidden jewel in Southwest Virginia, a cultural center "preserving the past, informing the future!" Join us!


Board of Directors, Salem Historical Society


Fred King, President

William Piper, Pres. Elect

Lenora Downing, Immed. Past Pres.

Normie Dickerson, Treasurer

Connie Stone, Secretary

Directors, Class of 2015:

Lexi Dibbern

Dorothy Dickason

June Hall Long

Dr. Jacob Neathawk

Directors, Class of 2016

Matt Pollard

Carey Harveycutter

Bob May

J. David Robbins

Directors, Class of 2017

Jim Guynn

Aimee Hall

Joe Kirby

Whitney Leeson


Museum Staff:

John D. Long, Museum Director

Mary Crockett Hill, Marketing and Rental Director

David Moeller, Research Assistant