North Salem Historical Society

81 Keeler Lane, Post Office Box 31, North Salem, New York 10560

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Friday, October 7, 2022 -- Cocktail party at the beautiful home of Jackie and Peter Kamenstein - the old schoolhouse for the Grant children !

Tour the grounds and first floor of this historic structure that has seen several modifications over the years, including the joining of the old ice house.

If you would like an invitation please contact us immediately at Thank you! Here's the RSVP.


The Annual Meeting of the North Salem Historical Society will be on Friday, October 21, 2022, at 7:00pm at the North Salem Firehouse, Titicus Road, North Salem, NY. Notice is hereby given that vacancies will exist on the Board of Trustees due to the expiration of terms for the following: Peter Bliss, Kate Bartsch, Val Bobbin, Donna Taylor and Julie Musante. Members in good standing wishing to propose individuals for consideration by the nominating committee must send their recommendations in by October 1.

Nominations should be addressed to North Salem Historical Society, Box 31, North Salem, New York 10560, or emailed to


The White Elephant, that is....

All throughout the Covid period our trustees have been diligently organizing, cataloging, sorting and cleaning our collections. We are excited to show you some of our favorites! Several will be on display and many will be shown on a 15-minute slide presentation.

If you would like, please bring a dessert of your choosing (maybe Mom or Dad’s, or Grandma’s, favorite recipe from long ago)!

We are hesitant to restart our annual pot-luck supper just yet, but desserts while conversing with neighbors and friends may be easiest for those choosing to still keep their distance. Come after dinner and feast on some delightful desserts! We’ll still have a bar and coffee and tea. Enjoy our textiles, documents and photos that will be on display. Our brief business meeting will begin at 8:00pm followed by the slide show.

Members in good standing, free. Membership is only $25 per family. Additional membership forms will be available at the front table.

Please use this night of history and camaraderie to introduce a friend to the Society. Thank you for your continued support!


Enter to win an original commissioned 9”x 12” oil painting of a landscape of your choice

by local North Salem Artist


Chrissanth has worked as an assistant art director drawing storyboards at Ally Gargano (where it was always time to make the Dunkin Donuts), illustrated book covers for young adults and a children’s book, The Boy, a Kitchen and His Cave, and has taught art at The Louis Armstrong Middle School in Queens and the Katonah Art Center. For the past thirty years she has done portraits on commission and has more recently taken up still life and plein air painting. You’ll probably see her bundled up along Mills Road or the Baxter Preserve, brushes in hand. In every genre, she finds the hunt to capture the beauty of the life force challenging and thrilling.

Have you seen her?!

“I create tiny portals to sacred spaces. My clients say my landscapes convey a feeling of peace—a sensation that takes them back to moments of connection, appreciation and gratitude. If I can contribute to their lives in this blessed way, it is an honor and joy.”

A perfect Holiday or Housewarming Gift! $10 per ticket, 6 for $50. Value $550

You can also purchase tickets by clicking on the Raffle Form below

* subject to be agreed to in advance by winner and artist *

Drawing to be held at our annual meeting at the North Salem Firehouse October 21, 2022, 7-9pm

For more information, contact the North Salem Historical Society at

NORTH SALEM HISTORICAL SOCIETY is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

To purchase Raffle tickets please complete this form and mail to NSHS at P O Box 31, North Salem, NY 10560 along with your check. Raffle Form



The weather could not have been more perfect

The puppet show was wonderful

The Tug-of-War was actually a kids event - one team being future Firemen and the other team future Horse riders!*

The music was delightful!

And the strawberry shortcake was, as a good friend of the Society once said

"Not Bad!" (It was a high compliment!)

All of our available trustees came together to make this

A Special Day - for a Special Place !

*While our volunteer Firemen were not able to attend this year we reminded everyone how invaluable their contribution is to our town, how hard they work and they are all volunteers! Maybe one or two of the young folks who won the Kids Tug-of-War for them will actually be a volunteer one day! A big Thank You also goes to the members of the Bridle Trails Association who came -- maybe next year!

Gingerbread Contest - Congratulations to our Winners!

People's Choice Award and Most Historic

Pamela Slater

Most Creative

Helen Vail

Most Architectural

Lauren Rosasco

Most Creative

Castine Langewiesche

Most Architectural

Alexandria Franco

Most Historic

Archie Langewiesche

Thanks to all who attended our annual meeting, “Bringing Stories to Life!”

Our First: The Grants, part 1, Jane Grant deMcCarty, interviewed by Tom Purdy

The Video is posted and so is the original Audio. Soon we will post a text version with photos.

The video (14 minutes) is a shortened version of the original audio (1 hr, 6 minutes)

Go to our Historical Material page and scroll down to #5. Audios of all the other tapes are now up as well.

Coming next Spring/Early Summer

Cocktail Party at the Grant Schoolhouse building, now the beautiful home of the Kamensteins. Invitations will be out next spring.

The Great Historic Lego Contest Winners

In the 16 to adult category:

Best Historical Construction—Jen Armbruster, The Purdy Homestead

Most Creative Construction—Liam Trageser, Keeler Lane Bridge

In the 9-15 year old category:

Best Historic Construction—Morgan Anderson, Quick Barn

Most Creative Construction—Olivia Anderson, Balanced Rock

In the 8 and under category:

Best Historic Construction—Drew Karam, Balanced Rock

Most Creative Construction—Jack and Blake Haugh, Keeler Lane Bridge

Most Architectural Construction—Dawson Anderson, Purdys High School.

Look who won our Raffle! Actually, Patty Kravit won but she graciously turned the winning ticket over to her neighbor, Morgan Melkonian. Morgan's so excited to begin her new adventure!

A big shout-out to Ashley Yozzo of Summit Farm for making this all possible.

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Photos from our annual meeting October 2019 at Vails Pavilion

It was our 50th anniversary and another record crowd helped us celebrate

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 on 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)