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Part of our in-depth series exploring Southern Early American Forts

Fort New Salem Foundation, Inc.
1 KD Hurley Blvd.
Salem, WV 26426
E-Mail [email protected]

Fort New Salem is a representative frontier log house settlement of nineteenth century North Central Western Virginia/West Virginia. The village of over 18 relocated log houses was an extension of the Salem International University campus. It is a living history outdoor museum interpreting the history, crafts and lifestyles of the area. The settlement is surrounded by tree covered hills and takes its visitors into another lifetime when work and leisure activities reflected the values and traditions of the community and the  Appalachian culture of her people. Historically, among the numerous seasonal activities held at the fort is "The Spirit of Christmas in the Mountains". This nationally recognized event is a joyous celebration of the traditional folk-ways found in observance of Christmas in West Virginia. Fort New Salem is currently closed. "The Storehouse - The museum store at Fort New Salem traditionally features West Virginia Arts, fine and folk art and museum reproductions.

The following is from the book, Indian Wars by Robert M. Utley and Wilcomb E. Washburn.

Story of Lord Dunmore's War

Story of Lord Dunmore's War

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Fort New Salem Web Site

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