Our Community

  • beautiful view of Salem Photo credit: Sara Kelly Graphics & Design

    Salem is located in the lush, rolling hills of Washington County, along the border of New York and Vermont. Salem features unspoiled natural beauty, recreation, and history. Settled as the Village of Peace in 1764 on land held by a royal grant, the Village of Salem was one of the earliest incorporated villages in New York State following the Revolutionary War. One of Salem’s numerous historic landmarks is Salem’s Revolutionary War Cemetery. It is the final resting place of 101 soldiers, and a total of 1,034 headstones dating back to 1769.

    In more recent times, Salem can be described as the place where “arts and agriculture intersect.” Salem is home to art galleries, museums, performing arts venues, as well as fiber tours, businesses producing organic meats and cheeses, dairy farms, and much more. Salem is the proud home to three of the county’s four historic bridges, all of which span the sparkling waters of the Battenkill River. Legendary for its trout fishing, “The Kill” is a popular attraction for canoeists, kayakers, and tubers. Winter weather enthusiasts will appreciate Salem’s close proximity to snowmobile trails, cross country skiing, snowshoeing trails, and downhill skiing facilities including Willard Mountain, the host mountain to the district’s ski club.

    Salem’s school district and community enjoy an unparalleled partnership. The Historic Salem Courthouse, Bancroft Public Library, and Fort Salem Theater are just a few of the businesses and organizations supporting our students in numerous programs and activities. They are conveniently located within walking distance from the school, making them a convenient destination for student field trips. The Salem Area Chamber of Commerce and Town of Salem  provide great support to our community in helping promote events, tourism, and support our businesses.  

    Centrally located for business and tourism, Salem is an eclectic destination and ideal place to raise a family. Located within a 40-50 minute drive to Saratoga Springs, Glens Falls, Albany, Lake George, Rutland, Manchester, and Bennington, Salem offers the advantages of rural living with the convenient proximity to urban and major recreational and cultural centers.


  • Salem community