Town Historian

Susan Thompson is currently the town historian for the Town of North Salem. She was appointed by the Supervisor. This is a state-mandated position and state law defines the historian’s responsibilities -- acquire, research and protect documents, maps and photographs; interpret the past through research; answer queries from residents on everything from genealogy and property history to the best place to fish in the reservoir; work with the library, the historical society and students on history projects and displays; and serve ex officio on the Historic Preservation Commission and on our Board of Trustees.

She does pretty much what the historical society does! So, we work together....and it's more fun that way.

Susie wrote a series of articles for the North Salem News and we have her permission to share them with you. Hope you enjoy these tidbits on North Salem's history. Click on the underlined title.

1. A Tavern in Town - Bailey's Tavern

2. Accident or Artifact? - Balanced Rock

3. Patriots and Redcoats - Battle of Ridgefield

4. An Innovative Farm - T W Decker Farm

5. A Look Back at Delancey Hall - Delancey Hall

6. Flowers for the Fallen - Fallen Men

7. Peach Pond Meeting House - Friends Meeting House

8. Grants at Play - Grants

9. Tending North Salem's Past - History Keepers

10. History on Foot - History Walk

11. A Bridge within a Bridge - Keeler Lane Bridge

12. The Soul of Salem Center - Lobdell

13. Eighteenth Century GPS - Mile Markers

14. Missing Pieces - Missing Pieces

15. A Time before North Salem - Native Americans

16. In Search of Native American Footprints - Native American Footprints

17. The French are Coming - Rochambeau

18. Special Places in NS History - Special Places

19. Dragon Rising from the Deep - Wheeler Mills

20. Yerks Tavern's place in our History - Yerks Tavern