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14 July 2010
New Salem Community
New Salem is located 10 miles southwest of Laneville at the
south end of Lake Striker close to the Cherokee County line. It was established
before the Civil War by farmers and was orginally called Salem. The main settler
was Colonel John Pruitt. A postoffice was set up in 1849 but discontinued in
1855. The town was incorporated in 1856 and had a population of about 100. The
population doubled from 1920s to 1960s then fell to about 30 people. New Salem
is important historically because of the large area around it that produced
crops and livestock.
New Salem Historical Society
Yes, New Salem has its own Historical Society! I am very honored to have
been allowed to become one of this first members of this infant organization. We
have Judy Rivers, Cindy Bobbitt, myself and our wonderful young (unofficial)
leader Judson Watkins. Judson and Cindy are undertaking the task of preserving
and copying the records of the Mason Lodge #87 of New Salem. While they are
working on that project, we are also cleaning and recording the Cool Springs
Cemetery. We have had six persons at each of our last two meetings at the
cemetery. We are inviting anyone who is interested in preserving the history of
this important community to join us.
Please join in!
New Salem Invincibles
The Invincibles are a group of young men who are descended from the
original Confederate Veterans of New Salem. They are inviting other descendants
to join them in their effort to record the history of New Salem for future
generations and to honor those men who answered the call to war.
Cemeteries located nearby
New Salem Cemetery