North Salem Historical Society, 81 Keeler Lane, Post Office Box 31, North Salem, New York  10560                                    northsalemhistoricalsociety@gmail.com

Join us on Sunday, February 24, 3:00p.m. at the Ruth Keeler Memorial Library and meet David Frye, author of 

WALLS, A History of Civilization in Blood and Brick

A provocative and lively historical tour of walls and their builders -- from Mesopotamia to the Mississippi, Mongolia to Central America, Babylon to Berlin – Frey offers a fresh look at our wall making impulses at a most opportune and critical time and demonstrates how our barriers against destruction emerge from our basic assumptions about freedom, safety and the good life.  David Frye received his PhD from Duke University and teaches ancient and medieval history at Eastern Connecticut State University.

This event is co-sponsored with the Library and Town Historian.  

Sunday, March 24, 2019, 3:00 p.m. - Kent Patterson will be at the Library with his new book, Rails Around Westchester.  Visit the conference room at the library and see our new display on Depots and Trains, which made their way to our town in 1847.

We had the best chili ever on Sunday, February 27 at the White Elephant.  And the Raffle winner of the Horse-drawn carriage ride is....
Congratulations Virginia!

We had a full house on Friday, November 30, for our Winter in Upper Salem cocktail party.  Due to the wonderful attendance and support for NSHS we decided to give all the proceeds from the wreath silent auction to the Organization of Choice (instead of a 50/50 share).  We thank everyone who participated.

What a beautiful day and walk in the woods this past Sunday, November 4, 2018.  We hiked through sections of Mountain Lakes Park and caught a glorious view to the north from a spot close to where the Port of Missing Men tavern once stood.  Afterwards lunch at the White Elephant where numerous photos were on display as well as one of the original Registry books.  Some 20,000 people traveled great distances to see this property in the early 1900s.  Now we know why! 

The current historical display in the Library conference room is "Taverns, Inns, Hotels and Restaurants."  It shows how in the earlier days these establishments followed two main routes - the Post Road and the Route 22 corridor, and then there were a few "off the beaten path."  Stop by and see a photo display of some old and a few not so old memorabilia.  There's a map to guide you and more details on each, which will ultimately become a bulletin for our members.  It pays to be a member!  This display will not be up too much longer, so please stop by!

We recently received a donation of benches from Therese Donahue, and trustee Peter Bliss has spruced them up with a fresh coat of stain.  See how perfectly matched they are for our patio with grindstone centerpiece:

Thanks to all who hiked through Mill Hollow with us.  What a wonderful day!  Here are some photos

Archives:  Oh What Fun We Had

Pig Roast 2017:



July 16, 2017, Sunday:  Strawberry Festival - thank you CF Fire Department, Rob Fogle of Groundbreakers, Jack DeStories from Fairfield Auction, Hannah Holtzer our facepainter, Maggie and Martin our music ensemble and all who came and enjoyed the day!


Annual Meeting 2016:  Topic:  Croton Falls, guest speakers Bobby Tompkins, Ray Furlan and Drew Outhouse.

Cat Ridge Day 2016 and the newly restored receiving vault:

Strawberry Festival 2016:   Thank you to the Croton Falls Fire Department, Jo Ann Brown (spinner), Michael Blum (balloonist), Chez Leonard (hot dog stand)

Cynthia Curtis,
Nov 13, 2018, 8:46 AM
Cynthia Curtis,
Nov 13, 2018, 8:46 AM