Tour of Salem's Underground Railroad Homes

The docent, dressed as a Salem Quaker, takes passengers back in time to the year 1856.  Following the sharing of many stories, the travelers will return to the twenty-first century with a better understanding of the plight of slaves, the working of the Underground Railroad, and the abolitionist movement that flourished in Salem prior to the Civil War.  Since the homes are private and entrances not possible, a screen inside the trolley displays over 100 slides of the insides of the homes, the Underground Railroad hiding places, and several abolitionists who lived in or visited them.  The slides will also help clarify the historical information presented during the program.  The tour takes about 75 minutes.  Cost is $15 per person and a minimum of 15 is necessary to conduct the tour.  The tour is subject to cancellation if the minimum is not reached two days before scheduled date.

Ghost Walks and Trolley Tours

During the walks, participants are taken around Salem, learning of our city's "haunted" past.  Participants should wear good walking shoes.  The walk is held rain or shine at a cost of $10 per person.

The Salem Ghost Trolley Tour takes participants out of the downtown area to famous graves and other "haunted" areas around Salem.  The cost of the trolley tour is $15.

Museum Tours

The Museum buildings are open each Sunday afternoon, May through October, 1-4pm.  There is a small admission charge for non-members.

Organizations are encouraged to schedule tours for their members.  School reunions often include the Museum in their planned activities.  Arrangements for special tours for groups of five or more can be made by calling the Museum Director at 330-337-8514..

Museum Tour Fees:

          Adult (18 yrs and older)     $6

          Child (ages 5-7)                   $3

          Children under 5               Free

Groups of 10 or more receive $1 /person discount

Salem Historical Society Members Tour Free

Individuals can stop in at the Shaffer Memorial Research Library Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays from 9 until noon to arrange a tour, do research, donate historical items, or talk to our staff and volunteers.


The Dale Shaffer Research Library is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9-12 for research.  Although research walk-ins are welcome, we encourage a prior call so we can have materials ready for your research topic.


Our facilities and the Salem Quaker Trolley are available to rent for your special event or celebrations.  Please call the Salem Historical Society for availability and pricing.  Our meeting room includes a kitchen area and an optional small stage.  We have a lovely outdoor gazebo that has recently been renovated and landscaped, as well as our well-manicured outdoor Heritage Garden.

2018 Schedule


Events and Activities



     Quakertown Trolley


             Cost: $15/person

       Time:  Approx. 75 minutes

Underground Railroad Trolley Tours              Ghost Trolley Tours                              
  •  Sunday, October 28, 1:30pm                               • Saturday, October 20, 6pm & 8pm & 10pm
Call 330-337-6733 for reservations                            • Saturday, October 27, 6pm & 8pm & 10pm
                                                                                   Call 330-205-3923 for reservations     

Ghost Walking Tour   Cost:  $10/person   Time: Approx. 60 min.    Wear good walking shoes
  • Friday, October 19, 8pm & 9:30pm
Call 330-205-3923 for reservations

Annual Ghost Dinner:  Friday, October 26, 6pm
Advanced Reservations Required - 330-205-3923
This event includes a walking ghost tour

Trolley Tours are subject to cancellation if the minimum of 15 is not reached.

....researching, preserving, showcasing

The Salem Historical Society

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

Monthly Meetings:     

2nd Tuesday each month  7pm
Meeting Room, Dale Shaffer Library,

Lower Level   239 South Lundy

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

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018    7pm   Monthly Meeting     "Civil War Stories"
     presented by Alice Whitehill, Friends of Beaver Creek State Park Volunteer

Tuesday, December 11, 2018    7pm      Monthly Meeting     "Christmas Celebration" 

     Salem Community Theatre performs selection from Annie plus a Sing-A-Long

     Bring an appetizer or dessert to share

December 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 2018   6-9pm  Participation with Salem Broadway Tours
     More information to come