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New Salem Town

Franklin County, Massachusetts

Photo: Whitaker-Clary House, ca. 1816, Elm Street, New Salem, MA. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. Photographed by User:Magicpiano (own work), 2012, [cc-by-3.0 (creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons, accessed September, 2013.

New Salem Town Photo

New Salem Town Hall is located at 19 South Main Street, New Salem, MA 01355; phone: 978‑544‑2731. The New Salem Town Hall Annex is located at 24 South Main Street, New Salem, MA 01355.


New Salem as described ca. 1937 [1]

New Salem was first settled about 1737 and incorporated in 1753. It was named for Salem, because the original proprietors were residents of that town. After the Revolution, agriculture and lumbering flourished, and by 1820 New Salem had a population of 2,146. Stagecoaches running between Brattleboro and Worcester made the town a center of trade. With the building of railroads, however, it was gradually isolated and its population decreased rapidly. At present, fruit-growing and the cultivation of raspberries comprise the principal occupations. Miss Sophia B. Packard and Miss Harriet E. Giles, natives of New Salem, in 1881 organized the Spelman Seminary for Negro Girls in Atlanta, Georgia.

  1. Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration for Massachusetts, Massachusetts: A Guide to Its Places and People, American Guide Series, The Riverside Press, Cambridge, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 1937.