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City/Town Name:
New London County
Probate District:
Year Established:
Year Incorporated:
Form of Government:
Selectman - Town Meeting
Town Hall Address:
Town Hall
270 Hartford Road
Salem, CT 06420
(860) 859-3873
Mon.-Wed. 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Thurs. 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Web Address:

History Brief:
Land in the northern section of this town was part of that called, �Mohegan Hunting Grounds�, that covered part of Colchester. The southern section was included in a land deed in 1669 to William Lord of Lyme. In 1725 the inhabitants of the north end of Lyme on the north side of Eight Mile River and those living at the south end of Haddam East Society formed the Parish of New Salem. When the town was incorporated in May 1819, taking land from Colchester, Lyme and Montville, it was named Salem. Town vital records begin 1819. Barbour collection records cover 1836-1852.
Other City Names (4)
Name:New Salem


Name:Salem Parish

Name:Society of Salem
Settled From (3)
Town Name:Chochester

Town Name:Lyme

Town Name:Montville
Population (1)
Founding Families (0)
No Data Available.
Cemeteries (30)
Name:1 Stone
Location:On Siegel Property

Name:9 Field stones
Location:Back of store across from Harris Place

Name:Babcock Cemetery
Location:Babcock farm

Name:Baptist Cemetery
Location:East part of town, near Gardner Lake

Name:Cuckle Hill Cemetery
Location:Cuckle Hill

Name:DeWolf Farm Cemetery #1
Location:Near Gardner Lake

Name:DeWolf Farm Cemetery #2
Location:On Clark Property

Name:Dolbeare Cemetery
Location:Southwest of Baptist Cemetery

Name:Dolebear Place Cemetery (Hale # 3 & 19 are the same)
Location:East part of town near Gardner Lake

Name:Fish Cemetery
Location:Northeast part of town near Colchester

Name:Fox Cemetery
Location:East part of town 1/4 mile in woods near Gardner Lake

Name:Gilbert Cemetery
Location:In lot east from Morgan home

Name:Harris Cemetery
Location:Norwich Road

Name:Hillard Cemetery
Location:1/4 mile east from Salem Street

Name:Lathrop Cemetery
Location:Northeast part of town, near Gardner Lake

Name:Loomis Cemetery
Location:Southeast part of town, near Horse Pond

Name:Miner Cemetery
Location:East part of town on D.Y. Miner property

Name:Mosswood Glen Cemetery
Location:Music Vale, Salem Street

Name:Niles Cemetery
Location:South from Salem Street

Name:Old Rathbone Cemetery
Location:Northeast part of town, near Gardner Lake

Name:Old Rathbone Cemetery
Location:Northeast part of town, oppsite Rathbone home

Name:Palmer Plot (1 stone)
Location:East part of town, on Luther Forsythe Place

Name:Raymond Cemetery
Location:Southeast part of town, near Olando Raymond Property

Name:Rogers Cemetery
Location:Southeast part of town near Reservoir

Name:Rogers Cemetery
Location:Salem Turnpike

Name:Single grave
Location:On Senator Bingham's farm

Name:Way Cemetery
Location:Northeast part of town near Colchester

Name:Wesley Brown Cemetery
Location:Northwest part of town, half in Colchester

Name:Whittlesey Cemetery (Hale # 3 & 19 are the same)
Location:Near Music Vale, west of Salem Street

Name:Woodbridge Cemetery
Location:South part of town , on the Mitchell Place
Churches (1)
Name:Salem Congregational Church (860) 859-1211
Location:244 Hartford Road, Salem, CT 06420
Monuments (0)
No Data Available.
Communities (13)
Name:Fairy Lake

Name:Gardner Lake

Name:Harris Lake


Name:Horse Pond

Name:Minnie Island

Name:Mountain Lake

Name:Music Vale


Name:Rattle Snake Ledge

Name:Salem Four Corners

Name:White Birch

Name:Witch Meadow
Historical Locations (0)
No Data Available.
Notable Citizens (3)
Name:Hiram Bingham lV - American Vice Consul during WWll, rescued thousands of Jews during the Holcaust

Name:Hiram Bingham lll - Adventurer; discovered Machu Picchu

Name:Rachel Robinson - Civil rights activist & wife of baseball great Jackie Robinson
Newspapers (1)
Name:Lyme Line . Com - On line newspaper
Schools (1)
Name:Salem School Pk-8 (860) 859-0267
Location:200 Hartford Road, Salem, CT 06420
Libraries (1)
Name:Salem Free Library (860) 859-1130
Location:264 Hartford Road, Salem, CT 06420
Published Histories (1)
Name:Chronicle of a Connecticut Farm, 1769-1905
Author:Mary Elizabeth Perkins
Date Published:1905
Genealogy Websites (0)
No Data Available.
Historic Timeline (0)
No Data Available.
Town Historian (3)
Name:Cindy Corriveau
Contact Data:676 West Road
Salem, CT 06420

Name:Contact the:
Contact Data:Salem Historical Society
Salem Town Green
Hartford Road
Salem, CT 06420
(860) 537-8556

Name:Deana St. Jean - Curator & town historian
Contact Data:9 Harris Road
Salem, CT 06420
(860) 859-0828
Vital Records (1)
Birth:1819 - Present - Earlier records may be found in
Marriage:1819 - Present - Colchester,
Death:1819 - Present - Lyme of Montville

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