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Special Publications

A Town by the Name of Salem 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
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Salem: A Virginia Chronicle

Salem: A Virginia Chronicle
by Norwood C. Middleton
A history of Salem from the Native American settlement of the 17th century to present day. 472 pages. Maps, photographs. Extensive bibliography. Published by the Salem Historical Society, 1986. $25.95.

Women for all Seasons

Women for all Seasons
An exhibition and calendar developed by the Salem Museum in partnership with 14 local women watercolorists

Iron Horses in the Valley

Iron Horses in the Valley
The Valley and Shenandoah Valley Railroads 1866-1882

by John R. Hildebrand
A history of The Valley and Shenandoah Valley Railroads and their impact on the growth of Salem and Roanoke. Twenty-four color photos offer a pictorial history. Published by the Salem Historical Society in partnership with the History Museum and Historical Society of Western Virginia. Copies available at the Salem Museum.

South of Main

South of Main
A History of the Water Street Community of Salem, VA
by John D. Long
A history of the main African American community in Salem. Funded through a Grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities to First Baptist Church, Salem, VA. On sale at the Salem Museum.

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. $14.95