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


Welcome to Our Giftshop

Our Museum Shop is one of Salem’s best kept secrets! Quality merchandise--informative books--local collectibles--handcrafted treasures--we have them all, and your purchase supports our great cause! Most of the items below can be ordered by phone and shipped for a reasonable charge.

 The Salem Museum Shop is open 10 to 4 Tuesday through Friday, and Saturday noon to 3.


A Town by the Name of Salem: The Past in Pictures

by John D. Long and Mary Crockett Hill

When Salem was founded two centuries ago in a lush Virginia valley cut through by the Great Wagon Road, few suspected the thriving city she would become. While this growth was shared by communities throughout the region, Salem’s story is very much her own. It is her people and memories that fill the pages of this book—her sons and daughters whose eyes meet yours in these photographs. A Town by the Name of Salem pays tribute to 200 years of life and legend in a vibrant southern town.

A bicentennial publication of the Salem Museum and Historical Society and the City of Salem.


Salem: A Virginia Chronicle

by Norwood C. Middleton

One of the best written local histories ever done in Virginia, Middleton’s epic story traces Salem’s development from the Native American settlement of the 17th century through the disastrous flood of 1985. 472 pages. Includes maps, photographs, and an extensive bibliography. Published by the Salem Historical Society, 1986.



Edward Beyer's 1855 View of Salem

In 1855 German artist Edward Beyer passed through Salem and was commissioned to create a view of the town. From the vantage point of today's East Hill Cemetery, he captured the earliest image of Salem known, showing among other things Roanoke College and the Williams-Brown House. Full Color Print (28" X 20")


General Andrew Lewis of Roanoke & Greenbrier

by Patricia Givens Johnson

A comprehensive history--the only one in print-- of Gen. Andrew Lewis, pioneer and patriot, who served in the French & Indian war and the American Revolution and owned the land that would become Salem after his death. Spiral bound. 260 pages.

$14.95--Sold out and out of print. Sorry! We're hoping to get more soon!

Lake Spring Gazebo Ornament:

 A landmark along Main Street in Salem for generations, the old gazebo in Lake Spring Park originally stood on the courthouse lawn and has been the site of countless first dates, stolen kisses, and even weddings.


Johnston's Frontier Adventure

 Local pioneer Charles Johnston wrote his memoir of Indian Captivity in 1827, likely the first book ever written in the Roanoke Valley. It tells a harrowing tale of survival when Johnston was captured by hostile Shawnee in 1790.