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

Stay Tuned!  We are planning a Strawberry Festival for July, a History Lego Contest over the summer, a showing of Small Town Life this fall, a Gingerbread Contest this winter and so much more.  We are coming back!  See our Events Page for more details.  It will be good to see everyone again in-person!  

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When you moved to North Salem you became a part of its history.  This history goes back to pre-colonial times when native Americans lived and fished and hunted where you live now.  To fill the gap between the time you arrived and the early days of North Salem is one of the missions of the Historical Society.  By collecting and researching family documents, memorabilia, geneaologies, legends, myths, old photographs, stone structures, books, maps, and much more, the Society illuminates our roots and our past.

We would like you to join us.  When you become a member,  you will receive our bulletins (on subjects ranging from the Blizzard of 1888 to Growing Up Bogtown and the Coming of the Railroad, to name a few) plus newsletters and invitations to special events.  You will hear lively and informative speakers at the library where we co-sponsor events and at our annual dinner meeting in October.  And, don't forget all the fun at family-oriented festivals at our White Elephant, the Society’s headquarters on Keeler Lane.

Please check out our new page, Historic Nuggets, in the left column.  More are added each month and we will send you email reminders (another reason to be a member!)

Last October's Annual Meeting presentation was  From the Eye of the Photographer - a brief history tour using postcards.  It is approximately twenty minutes long.  Here is the link: https://youtu.be/qthiZAu7zHA

We had a great turnout via Zoom.  We surely missed the annual pot luck dinner, but we carried on with an interesting program using postcard images from the early part of the twentieth century.  See link above.

Photos from our annual meeting October 2019 at Vails Pavilion.  It was our 50th anniversary and another record crowd helped us celebrate.

Last June 2019 at our annual Strawberry Festival draft horses and oxen were on hand from Rock Hill Farm:

The Seventh Graders had a wonderful history tour of North Salem:

We had the best chili ever on Sunday, January 27, 2019 at the White Elephant.  And the Raffle winner of the Horse-drawn carriage ride was....
Congratulations Virginia!

We had a full house on Friday, November 30, 2018 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! 

We periodically have an historical display in the Library conference room.  We are working on a new one and should have it up before the library reopens. 

We 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)