Offices are located in the upper level of the Dale Shaffer Research Library
208 South Broadway Ave
Salem, OH 44460
Weekly Sunday 1-4pm
Monthly 3rd Tuesday 6-9pm
(May through October)
Tours are also available by appointment, call 330-337-8514
Tours begin at the front door of the Pearce House at 208 South Broadway.
Trolley Tours begin at the lower level of Dale Shaffer Library on South Lundy Ave.
The Salem Historical Society
Main Entry for Meeting Room and Gift Shop in the lower level of
Dale Shaffer Research Library
239 South Lundy
(330) 337 - 8514
....researching, preserving, showcasing
In the past, the city’s “Christmas Light Display Contest” encouraged citizens to participate in Christmas Light Displays with those displays being completed by “Light Up Salem Night” falling in the last week of November. This custom lent to a spectacular Christmas Trolley ride that not only enhanced the spirit of Christmas throughout the city but has become a favorite event for individual families and groups.
With the contest being a part of Salem’s past and without a deadline for completion of displays, some beautiful displays have been missed on the Trolley Route which has to be planned ahead of time. The Salem Historical Society is asking the citizens in Salem for their HELP in locating area homes that have gone out of their way to share their Christmas Spirit with colorful and creative outdoor Christmas Lights for the “Trolley Light” Tours.
Please call 330-337-8514 with suggestions of a home, what street, and possible homeowner’s name of a light display that you feel should be seen and enjoyed by others. If the site could be worked into the tour, the museum will try to contact the home owners to notify them of the Trolley route in order that they can be sure to have their display lit up for the evening.
Due to the time limit of each tour, the trolley route has to be kept within a tight vicinity, so not all house displays will be able to be included on the route on every trip. However the museum will make every planning effort possible to share Salem Citizen’s “Christmas Light Displays”. Every Trolley Tour could be different according to the”call-in tips” by Salem citizens.
During the tour, a museum docent will share the “History of Christmas Lights” and historical facts about Christmas in Salem during the Victorian Era.
Community Support for
The Trolley Fund
If you have ridden our trolley recently, you are aware that our 1987 Trolley is in desperate need of a replacement. We are in the midst of a fund drive to raise at least $50,000 before the end of the year to help cover the expected the cost of a replacement at about $175,000! As a 501(c)3 charitable organization, we depend on funds from our friends, neighbors, and supporters to continue our service of providing tours to share Salem's rich history. Each year, over 1,000 passengers including school children, out-of-town visitors, and residents ride the trolley to see the Salem homes that were part of the Underground Railroad and to visit locations where significant historical events have happened. We are very proud of our Quakertown Trolley!
Donate to the Historical Society. For the Trolley Fund, please designate "Trolley" in the comments.
The Salem Historical Society
$20 for 2 admissions
to football game
Drawing on November 13, 2018
Buy your tickets from
Dave Hughes 330-692-2468
Kim Goll 330-853-7196