Salem’s history dates back to the Virginia Indians who originally called this region home. The area began to be settled in the 1700s, and was established as a town in 1802 to serve travelers along the Great Road. Salem’s story is as unique as its Blue Ridge Mountain setting, but it is also the history of a community shaped by state, national, and world events. Over the years, Salem has been touched by wars, economic upheavals, and civic challenges–with a few healing, helping hands along the way. It is Salem’s people and memories that fill the pages of this book. A Town by the Name of Salem pays tribute to 200 years of life and legend in a vibrant southern town. Along with the sweep of history, special chapters look back at several popular and significant places now gone: the Lake Spring Resort, Elizabeth College, and Lakeside Amusement Park.