Live the History!

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Our New Trolley!

The new Quakertown Trolley made its debut and is now ready for you pending permits and license. See below to schedule one of our popular Underground Railroad Tours and Ghost Tours.

Click here to see a video of the Trolley Parade 8-18-19 recorded by Bruce Rogers.

News and Events

UGRR Trolley Tour


Next scheduled 

Underground Railroad Trolley Tour 

Friday, Sept 27, 2019  6pm

The tour will last approximately an hour. 

Cost is $15 per person 

A minimum is necessary to conduct the tour. 

Call the reservation number, 330-337-6733 to schedule your tour. Your call will be returned.

If you are interested in scheduling a private tour, contact the office, 330-337-8514, for details.

Click here for more info on our tour

Trolley Ghost Tour


Next scheduled

2019 Ghost Trolley Tours:

Saturday, Sept. 21   8pm

Saturday, Oct. 5   8pm

Saturday, Oct. 12   6pm,8pm,10pm

Saturday, Oct. 19   6pm,8pm,10pm

Saturday,  Oct. 26  6pm,8pm,10pm

Cost is $15 per person

There are three occasions that riders exit the trolley and walk around, wear good walking shoes.

Ghost Walking Tour

Friday, Oct. 18, 2019   8-9pm

Cost is $10 per person

Call the reservation number 330-205-3923 to schedule your tour.

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Monthly Meeting


Next Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, Oct 8, 2019   7pm

"Sleepy Hollow Revisited"
Presented by Chris Hart, actor and portrayer of Ichabod Crane.

It is a well-known tale, how Ichabod Crane was spirited away by the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow. In this spooky Halloween program, Ichabod Crane returns to Sleepy Hollow many years later to tell, from his perspective, what exactly happened that fateful autumn night.

Read more on the Calendar Page.

The meeting is open to the public.  

Link to videos of past meetings 

Museum Tours

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We have hundreds of special artifacts on display and over 12 rooms in our four buildings that offer theme contents. Sunday tours begin at the entrance to Pearce Building at 208 South Broadway.

Museum Tours are given from

May through the end of October  each Sunday from 1-4pm and every Second Saturday from 1-4pm. 

Both group and individual tours are also available by appointment.

Click here for more information and pricing.

Trolley Tours


Each year, over 1,000 passengers including school children, out-of-town visitors, and residents take advantage of our various trolley tours:

  • The Underground Railroad
  • Ghost Tours
  • Christmas Lights Tours

with plans to add tours for Charles Burchfield and Alan Freed. 

The trolley participates in community events and is rented for weddings, birthdays, reunions, and other celebrations.

Click here for more information and pricing.  

Salem Second Saturday



Oct 12, 2019  10am - 4pm

We will be participating in the annual Chamber of Commerce Quakerfest with fun activities for the entire family.  Vendors throughout town will be offering a variety of events from hayrides to petting zoos to concessions.  More details to come.

Click here for more information.


Museum Gift Shop

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The Museum Gift Shop is located on the lower level of the Dale Shaffer Research Library facing South Lundy and is open during our regular hours or by appointment. 

The gift shop offers Salem-related merchandise, some of which are exclusive.


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The Dale Shaffer Research Library has books and file cabinets full of articles, original documents, photos, and other archival material for almost any subject and many people related to Salem and the surrounding areas. 

Our staff is knowledgeable and willing to help.  Visit us during business hours or call to make other arrangements.


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Join us!  Benefits of membership:

  • Subscription to the "BUGLE" quarterly newsletter
  • Free access to our museum tours
  • Opportunity to vote and serve as an elected official or trustee 

Click here for more information.

Mystery Item:

What is it?

Our museum gets many artifacts, some of which we do not see often. Can you guess what this is? Click below to see more photos and information on how to submit your responses.

For your next event, RENT our beautiful facilities

Reasonable Rates

Use your own caterer, photographer, musicians

Call us at 330-337-8514

Donate Now

The Salem Historical Society is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. While the museum gathers operating funds from museum tours and foundation grants, we largely rely on donations, both big and small from our membership and our community. These donations are always used wisely and are greatly appreciated. 

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