Town of Salem History

1763 - 1913

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An early drawing of the layout of the Town of Salem with the Square in the center. (Moravian Archives)

Salem 1763-1792 [pdf/.93mb] - Includes: formation of Salem; water works plans; Tavern burns.

Salem 1793-1803 [pdf/77.75kb] - Includes: after-school work for boys; construction of Salem Church; problems with the water system.

Salem 1804-1822 [pdf/73.2kb] - Includes: notes on currency; Benjamin Forsyth visits; population growth through 1824.

Salem 1823-1839 [pdf/91.47kb] - Includes: Fire Department; construction of Shallowford Rd.; cotton mill to be built.

Salem 1840-1849 [pdf/50.5kb] - Includes: slavery issues; first lot in Winston purchased; Forsyth County formed.

Salem 1850-1876 [pdf/776.76kb] - Includes: Small Pox ordinance; Stoneman's calvary comes to Salem; new map of Salem and Winston completed.

Julius Mickey opened his tin shop on Main St. north of the square and built a coffee pot to identify his trade. It would become the symbol of Winston-Salem hospitality. (Forsyth County Public Library Photo Collection)

Salem 1877-1889 [pdf/187kb] - Includes: Salem Water Supply Company organized; fire department equipment; plans for a sanitary sewer system.

Salem 1890-1899 [pdf/646kb] - Includes: electric street lights installed;water supply inadequate;opposition to post office consolidation.

Salem 1900-1913 [pdf/546] - Includes: small pox outbreak; annexation; new town hall.


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