Live the History!


Our New Trolley!

Workers test the audiovisual system inside the new Quakertown Trolley during its assembly. The new trolley will make its debut in Salem during a parade followed by a public reception at the museum where visitors can walk through both the old and the new trolleys. See more details on our calendar.

News and Events

UGRR Trolley Tour


Next scheduled 

Underground Railroad Trolley Tour 

Saturday, Sept 14, 2019  1pm

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

Ghost Trolley Tour

Saturday, Aug 21, 2019  8pm

There are three occasions that riders exit the trolley and walk around, so wearing good walking shoes is encouraged.

Cost is $15 per person

A minimum is necessary to conduct the tour.

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

The Museum Gift Shop has ghost trolley T-shirts and a book by docent Kim Mitchell, 

"The Haunted Salem, Ohio"

Click here for more info on our tour

Monthly Meeting


Next Annual Meeting

Tuesday, Sept 10, 2019   7pm

"History of Moravian Missionaries in Tuscarawas Valley 1760-82"
Presented by Kim Jurkovic, Curator - Tuscarawas County Historical Society

Read more on the Calendar Page.

The meeting is open to the public.  

Link to videos of past meetings 

Museum Tours

Image of Schell and Pearce Homes

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

Photo of Trolley

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 Activities


The Historical Society participates in many Salem activities, including

Salem Second Saturday


Chamber of Commerce Activities

Super Cruise

Please visit this page often to keep updated on our special activities.


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.


Image of Library

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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