decorated silver teapot 1850sNEW EXHIBIT IN THE MAIN GALLERY!
 At Home Along the Great Road: Old Castle and Preston Place
Generously sponsored by Salem VA Credit Union
Through March 25, 2017
Salem was settled in the 1700s and, by the time of its incorporation as a town in 1802, was a busy stop along the Great Road from Virginia through Tennessee to Kentucky. Davy Crockett, Louis Philippe (a future king of France), and Andrew Jackson were known to have traveled the route and patronized Salem’s inns and taverns. Two homes along the road—Old Castle and Preston Place—are featured in this look at life in the 1800s. The exhibit is curated by Alex Burke, the Museum’s assistant director. Mr. Burke was assisted by Cort Clark, an intern from Roanoke College.

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Preston Place: Past, Present and Future 
Monday, February 20, at 7 pm
Learn about the historic significance of Preston Place—the oldest home in Salem—and its restoration and future as the home of the White Oak Tea Tavern. Preston Place (circa 1821) served as a residence for over 180 years. Its last owner was Dr. Esther Clark Brown, the first female doctor in Salem. After her death, her family donated the property, which is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, to the Salem Historical Society. The Society has been hard at work restoring the structure for the last two years. In March, we plan to open the historic home to the public as the home of the White Oak Tea Tavern which will feature a pub-style tea room, a light lunch menu, and gift shop.

Salem Museum presents Wonders of China & the Yangtze River
Tuesday, February 21, at 7 pm
The Salem Museum is presenting a guided trip to China October 3-18, 2017. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Salem Museum. To learn more, register for this entertaining online travel presentation. Discover the people and places that make these tours special and do it from the comfort of your own computer. Ask real-time questions, learn from travel experts and lose yourself in incredible images of China. This is the first step on what will be an amazing adventure. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Unable to attend at the scheduled time? Register, and you will be able to view the archived session as soon as it becomes available. Register Here For more information contact Virginia Savage, World Travel Service Inc., (540) 982-2200, ginnys@worldtravelva.com.

Late-winter workday on Saturday, March 4, at 9 am.
Bring your rake, broom, pruners, weeders, or any other garden tool that you may have to help clean up the landscaping around the entrance to the Museum, the Salem Garden Club’s Memorial Garden, and Monarch Butterfly Waystation. We have come a long way since the Committee was organized over a year ago, and we want to continue the progress we have made. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me. Hope to see you on March 4!
Marsha Shortell
Chair, Salem Museum Landscaping Committee

Montgomery White Sulphur Springs Resort and Confederate Hospital
Presented by Lynn Reed
March 20, at 7 pm
Montgomery White Sulphur Springs Resort (1856), located in Montgomery County, boasted 1,484 acres with a main hotel, more than 30 cottages and 25 various out buildings. In a few short years, it was known as a Grand Spa. During the Civil War, it served as a Confederate hospital. The resort reopened in 1869 after extensive renovations. All that remains today is a monument to the Confederate soldiers who died there.

Salem High School IB Student Art Show
April 4-26, 2017
Salem High School International Baccalaureate art students return with their annual show.

Glenvar High School Student Art Show
May 2 – 24, 2017
Glenvar High School art students return with their annual show.

About the Salem Museum & Historical Societymuseumclouds

The Salem Museum & Historical Society is an independent nonprofit organization preserving and celebrating the history of Salem, Virginia, founded 1802, and the surrounding areas.


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