In a lush valley of the Blue Ridge--along what was once the "Great Road" leading westward through Virginia--sits the historic Williams-Brown House. A two-story brick home listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Brown House is typical of buildings which served travelers in the mid-19th century. Originally used for the dual purpose of a residence and post office/general store, today it is home to the Salem Museum.
As an educational and cultural resource center, the Salem Museum maintains an important collection of local artifacts--including Native American pieces recovered from an early Indian settlement, relics of the Civil War, and mementos of daily life from the span of Salem's history.
The Salem Museum also sponsors a rotating gallery of local artwork, publishes substantive books and articles related to local history, hosts workshops and programs, and maintains a historic herb garden. For the most part, the museum's exhibits and events are free and open to the public.