Ghost Walk 2017
New! October 12-14 at Sherwood Memorial Park GET TICKETS

We are bringing back the ever-popular Ghost Walk! Guests will visit Salem’s graveyards to meet characters from Salem’s past and learn about our City’s history.

IMG_2701October 12-14 at Sherwood Memorial Park Amphitheater
Join Sherwood’s ghosts in the Cemetery’s Amphitheater at 7 PM–all the ghosts at Sherwood will be making their debut appearance! All performances are family-friendly.

Sherwood Memorial Park is located at 1250 E. Main Street, Salem. In case of rain, the performances will be held at Riverside Evangelical Methodist Church, 1920 Lucas St, Salem, VA 24153. If needed, the change of venue will be posted here.

The Sherwood Amphitheater has concrete risers. Guests are invited to bring folding chairs, cushions, and/or blankets. There is limited handicapped parking at the Amphitheater. Other parking is in the cemetery. A flashlight may be handy when returning to your car.

Each tour/ performance is $10 adults; $5 students; 3 and under free. Proceeds benefit the Salem Museum & Historical Society. Tickets are on sale online, at the Museum 10 AM to 4 PM, and at the Ampitheatre starting at 6:30 PM on the days of performances. Tickets are not refundable.

MKBreducedThe Ghost Walk is sponsored by MKB, Realtors, with a new location at 132 E. Main Street. MKB, REALTORS is proud to be part of the Salem Community.

The Ghost Walk is made possible through the very generous assistance of Sherwood Memorial Park, City of Salem-Parks & Recreation, City of Salem-Police, John Long, Susan Mini, David Moeller, Riverside Evangelical Methodist Church, Roanoke College History Department, The 24153 Club, Salem High School National Honor Society, Salem Museum Board of Directors, Salem Museum Library Committee, and many Salem Museum Members.

Murder HoleMonthly Speaker Series
Marian McConnell
: Murder Hole
Talk and Film Showing
Monday, October 16, 7 PM
Catawba Murder Hole Cave in Botetourt County, Virginia, is an infamous, unique place of danger and beauty. The film, by David Socky and Marian McConnell, is a 28-minute documentary, complete with drone footage, videos, photographs, original music, and a trip into all three levels of the cave. Viewers will get a bat’s eye view of the cave and the Catawba Valley, and travel into its depths to learn about its history and see some of its stunning formations. Wild caving is a potentially dangerous activity, strenuous and not for everyone — but everyone can enjoy seeing what it looks like from the comfort of their chair! After the showing, McConnell will sign copies of her book which is a collection of legends, history of the cave’s early explorers, and stories from those who survived accidents in its dark depths. Marian and Dan McConnell have owned the cave for over twenty years.

Members’ Annual Meeting
Monday, November 6, 7 PM
All members are invited to hear the Museum’s annual report for 2017, and to elect new Board members.

Monthly Speaker Series
Mark O’Connell: The Team the Titans Remember
Talk and Book Signing
Monday, November 6, 7:30 PM, following the Members’ Annual Meeting
1971Mark O’Connell will present a talk based on his new book about the 1971 Andrew Lewis Wolverines who played T.C. Williams for the state football championship, a game that is the climax of the movie Remember the Titans (2000). While the movie profiles the Titans’ road to the championship, the Wolverines are completely ignored. O’Connell told the Salem Times Register: “I just wanted to set the record straight about the 1971 team. I want people to know not only about Andrew Lewis, but the personal stories, and to give acclaim to coaches Eddie Joyce and Assistant Coach Dale Foster and the players in their own right.” O’Connell will sign books after his talk.

Deadline to Order Brick Pavers for Engraving for Spring
Friday, April 20, 2018
Engraved brick pavers create a lasting legacy. Add your name, or the name of someone special to you in our Main Walkway or Veterans’ Plaza. Each engraved brick paver is $150, which includes the cost of the paver, the engraving, and a donation to the Salem Museum & Historical Society. Your gift ensures that both your legacy—and our community’s rich history—are preserved for future generations. Download a form to place your order.


football 11Hallowed Halls: Roanoke College’s 175 Years
Through March 10, 2018
Generously sponsored by Pinnacle Financial Partners

Hallowed Halls: Roanoke College’s 175 Years is a new feature main gallery exhibit that looks back at one of Salem’s oldest and most influential institutions. The exhibit traces Roanoke College’s history from its earliest days arriving in Salem in a wagon, through the struggles of war and cultural revolutions, to the institution it is today. Guests will learn about the growth of the campus, the student body, athletics, and the academic experience—and the presidents who led the way. The exhibit was curated by Museum Assistant Director Alex Burke—a 2016 graduate of Roanoke College—with assistance from Linda Miller, Roanoke College’s archivist.PNFP Logo-2C-black & blue

Hometown Treasure: 25 Years of the Salem Museum
Join us in celebrating 25 years of the Salem Museum, with our new hands-on exhibit Hometown Treasure! Take a look back at the historic buildings we’ve saved, and some of the artifacts we’ve collected over the years. Some of these objects don’t get out much, like a five-foot tall Valleydale Pig mascot, an antique embalming table from Oakey’s, Underwood typewriters, and a military uniforms from WWI. Some of these artifacts can be touched, just please be gentle!

For those who are curious about museum operations, the exhibit also explains some of the behind-the-scenes procedures that go into curating, preserving, and storing objects, and how information about them is recorded and is able to be searched.

Most of all, we are celebrating all of the people who made this dream a reality going back to the founding of Save Old Salem in 1970, and the opening of the Museum on June 27, 1992. So many people have given so generously of their time, financial resources, and the heirlooms in their attics to make this Museum the treasure that it is today.

This exhibit is made possible through the support of the Museum’s members, volunteers and donors. The lead exhibit designer is Alex Burke, the Museum’s Assistant Director. Special thanks to Sherwood Memorial Park for its generous sponsorship. Admission is free.

The White Oak Tea Tavern is a destination restaurant previously located in Troutville, Va., and well-known for its lunches, scones and bagels, gift shop and—most especially—its teas. The Tea Tavern is located in Salem at 1936 W. Main St. in Preston Place, the historic home owned and restored by the Salem Museum & Historical Society. Open Mondays–Saturdays, 10 am to 5 pm. 540-387-3000.

museumcloudsAbout the Salem Museum & Historical Society

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


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