Friday, May 26, 2017

The Salem Museum

I took a little tour of the Salem Museum last weekend while I was attending the Read Local event. The museum is attractive, with exhibits set up with enough space so that you can actually see them.

There are many items on the walls, some of which I could not see because of the Read Local event, but nevertheless I enjoyed my visit.

Here are few items of note:

Intriguing artwork.

I think this was from a collection donated by a local family. I didn't take notes about any of this.

Interesting jewelry.

Old spinning wheel.

A large dollhouse built by a Salem man. I was quite intrigued with the detail as I have always been a fan of miniature items.

An antique wheelchair.

Andrew Lewis. He was a Revolutionary War hero who settled in the Salem area in the
mid-1700s. Salem has at least one school named after him. He is buried in Salem.

An 1821 map of Botetourt County, which interested me for numerous reasons. At that time Salem was part of Botetourt County (I think).

An overview of the many photos and displays where one might spend a great deal of time.

I wanted to take the Valley Dale pigs home with me.
I remember watching the commercials when I was growing up.
Plus, my grandmother and my great-aunt both worked there
when they were young.

This room was roped off; it appeared to be full of antiques.

More of the roped-off room.

This silver tea set was in the window of the roped-off room. I thought it beautiful.

The Salem Museum also has an entire room set aside for Lakeside Amusement Park. I shall save that for another post.

1 comment:

  1. I love the Valleydale pigs and I too remember the comericals( can even sing the song still! ) When I was a little girl about 3 or 4 I use to run to the tv all the while yelling piggy! piggy! and marching with the pigs.


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