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Salem Museum Speaker Series:
A History of Back Creek: Bent Mountain, Poages Mill, Cave Spring and Starkey
Talk and book-signing by the Rev. Nelson Harris
Monday, March 19 at 7pm
Since Europeans first settled along the banks of Back Creek in the 1740s, southwest Roanoke County’s history has been as fluid as the creek itself. The once dense forest with log cabins gave way to the sprawling suburbs of the present. The colonial-era Trader’s Path that directed Scots-Irish homesteaders, the growth of the apple industry in Bent Mountain after the Civil War, a state highway built by convicts during the Depression and Cave Spring becoming a modern commercial center have shaped the region. The changing picture of daily life in Back Creek spanning two centuries emerges in stories of one-room schoolhouses, doctors on horseback, country stores, local baseball and NASCAR races at Starkey. Local historian Nelson Harris details the eclectic history of the area.
Local historian Nelson Harris is a native and former mayor of Roanoke. He has been the pastor of Heights Community Church since 1999 and is an adjunct faculty member at Virginia Western Community College. He holds degrees from Radford University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a past president of the Historical Society of Western Virginia. He is the author of twelve books, including Downtown Roanoke, Roanoke Valley: Then and Now, Aviation in Roanoke and Hidden History of Roanoke.
Deadline to Order Brick Pavers for Engraving for Spring
Friday, April 20
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.
Glenvar High School Art Show
Opens May 1 through May 24
Thyme and Treasures: A Vintage Bazaar and Plant Sale
May 5, 9 am – 3 pm
The Salem Garden Club’s fundraiser features antique, vintage, retro and shabby chic treasures for the home and garden donated by Salem Garden Club members, and herbs, annuals and perennials from Walter’s Greenhouse. Master Gardeners will be available to answer all of your gardening questions. All proceeds benefit the Salem Garden Club’s civic projects: maintaining the Salem Museum’s gardens and landscaping Habitat for Humanity homes in the Roanoke Valley. Rain date: May 12
The Ghost Walk returns for its 19th year!
October 4-6 at East Hill Cemetery
October 11-13 at Sherwood Memorial Park
Mark your calendars for the Salem Museum’s most popular annual event, The Ghost Walk. Visit Salem’s cemeteries to meet real characters from Salem’s past!