Introduction to Salem, Virginia
Salem, Virginia is 7 miles W of Roanoke, Virginia (center to center) and 131 miles NW of Raleigh, North Carolina. The people of the city are in the Roanoke metropolitan area. Salem has a population of 24,747.
European explorers Thomas Batts and Robert Fallam first arrived in this area in 1671. At that time, it was a village of the Totero people. Batts and Fallam named this area Totero Town. It developed into a small settlement that served travelers on the Great Wilderness Road. The town of Salem was established in 1802 but got its charter in 1806. The most widespread belief behind the naming of the town is that it was named in honor of a prominent citizen, William Bryan, who came from Salem, New Jersey.
Salem and nearby Attractions
- Blue Ridge Parkway
- Natural Bridge of Virginia
- Salem Museum and Historical Society
- Roanoke Valley Greenways
- Mill Mountain Zoo
- Science Museum of Western Virginia & Hopkins Planetarium
Things To Do In Salem
Salem offers facilities for a variety of recreational activities. The city has several parks which provide a host of amenities including playgrounds, sport courts and fields, and picnic pavilions. The Department of Parks and Recreation regularly organizes special events, recreation programs, and tournaments. The Salem Museum has a significant collection of local artifacts such as Native American items, relics from the Civil War, and other historically important items.
Roanoke Regional/Woodrum Field Airport provides air transportation.
Salem Higher Education
National Business College, Roanoke College, and Virginia Western Community College are nearby.