Christmas Light Quakertown Trolley Tours


See Salem's Most Beautifully Decorated Homes

Friday, December 14 at 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00
Thursday, December 20 at 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00

  • The tour will be approximately 50 minutes.
  • All tours will load at the Salem Chamber of Commerce parking lot, located at the Village Green on East State Street.
  • The cost is $3.00 adults, $1.00 children (5-17) and free for children under 5.
  • For further information and reservations, leave a message at 330-337-6733. Your call will be returned. 

The Society would appreciate any suggestions of "special light displays” that would be considered for the tour. Calls can be made to 330-337-8514 for suggestions.



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!
We have set up a fund for the trolley replacement.  All donations of any size are welcome and greatly appreciated. Money can be donated by sending a check payable to The Salem Historical Society, memo "Trolley Fund", and mailed to 208 South Broadway Avenue, Salem, OH 44460. OR you can click on the donate button on the side bar to make an electronic payment from either a PayPal account or a major credit card.  OR just stop into our offices at the Dale Shaffer Library (entrance across the road from the United Methodist parking lot) during our office hours of Monday, Wednesday, Thursday from 9am to noon.

For business advertisement, a memorial tribute, or an honorarium, we are offering plagues that will be permanently attached to the new trolley.  The location of the plaque and required donation:
  • Windows - $250
  • Seats - $250  (2 plaques per seat)
  • Handicapped Lift - $2,500
  • Doors - $5,000
  • Drivers Area - $10,000
  • Caboose - $15,000

There are separate fundraisers offered at various times.   Thank you to Mac Millan Office Supply for the "Office Chair" promotion, and to Dairy Queen for the "Trolley Sundaes".  We appreciate all who participated. 

Any questions? Call us at 330-337-8514.  Thank you for your consideration and support.

Donate to the Historical Society.  For the Trolley Fund, please designate "Trolley" in the comments.

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Office Hours
Monday, Wednesday,
Thursday  9am-noon

Offices are located in the upper level of the Dale Shaffer Research Library

Mailing Address:
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
Salem, OH
(330) 337 - 8514

....researching, preserving, showcasing

The Salem Historical Society

Gift Certificate
The annual community calendar, which has been prepared for the last several years by the Salem Historical Society, is using the theme “Made in Salem.”  This edition of the calendar features all photographs in full color:  Mullins Manufacturing Company, Grove Chewing Gum, song writer Brooks Bowman, The Farm and Dairy, nationally recognized artist Charles Burchfield, Theiss Aviation, The Quaker Mule Tractor, the baskets of Strotter Brown, Deming Pumps, Ella Thea Smith-Cox "Exploring Biology" book, Wirsching Organ Company, Woodruff Stove Company, and Salem China. The cover features the elk at Grandview Cemetery made by the W. H. Mullins Company.  All photographs were taken by David J. Shivers, the Society’s curator. The price of this 2019 calendar is $12.00 which can be mailed if desired.
If additional information is needed, contact the Society at 330-337-8514.

Community Support for

The Trolley Fund

2019 Community

Calendar is IN!

"Made in Salem"

Cost:  $12 (includes tax)

Available at

  • our Gift Shop
  • Salem Computer Center
  • UPS Store
  •  by mail