Towns – Salem

Salem Connecticut 06420

Salem CT Town Travel Business Information

Click for Salem CT Weather Forecast

Current Weather

New London Connecticut Region MapThe area now called Salem Connecticut was originally inhabited by Mohegans. The very first settlement of European origin in present-day Salem (then part of the town of Montville) was deeded in 1664. In the early 1700s, more settlements appeared in what was then Colchester. During this time period, the area was called “Paugwonk.” The small neighborhood around the Gardner Lake Firehouse on Route 354 is sometimes still referred to by that name.

Because of the remote location of these settlements and the considerable distance to churches, the people petitioned the Connecticut General Court for a new parish in 1725. It was named New Salem Parish, in honor of Colonel Samuel Browne, the largest landowner at the time, who was from Salem, Massachusetts. Recent archaeological evidence suggests that Colonel Browne owned slaves. The people of New Salem strongly supported the Patriot cause in the Revolution.

Salem was incorporated as a Town in 1819 from lands of Colchester, Lyme, and Montville, with a population of approximately 1,200. Though remote during this period, populated almost entirely by farmers, the rocky and craggy land that constituted much of the town kept the population low and new settlement at a minimum. Salem has always been a crossroads town; the old Hartford and New London Turnpike (now Route 85) was a toll road, traveled frequently by legislators during the winters of the 19th century when the Connecticut River was impassable. The Turnpike provided stage coach service until the 1890s.

To share any Salem, CT information with us, please contact us. Learn more about advertising in CTLiving.

Salem, Connecticut

Map
Incorporated: 1819
County: New London
Salem, CT Population:
2010: 4,094

GPS Coordinates:
Latitude: 41.2859
Longitude: -72.1559

Salem CT Local Information
Salem Police Dispatch: 860-859-2507
Salem Fire Department: 860-859-0942
Ambulance Service: 911
Town Hall Telephone: 860-859-3873

connecticut

litchfield county ct hartford county ct tolland county ct windham county ct fairfield county ct new haven county ct middlesex county ct new london county ct

Litchfield County CT Towns & Cities
Bridgewater, Cromwell, Mystic, Litchfield
Hartford County CT Towns & Cities
Hartford, New Britain, Suffield, Essex
Tolland County CT Towns & Cities
Andover, Stafford Springs, Mystic, Tolland, Somers, Storrs, Winfield
Windham County CT Towns & Cities
Canterbury, Essex, Putnam, Putnam
Fairfield County CT Towns & Cities
Bridgeport, Fairfield, Norwalk, Stamford, Norfolk
New Haven County CT Towns & Cities
Mystic, New Haven, Seymour, Waterbury
Middlesex County CT Towns & Cities
Cromwell, Essex, Mystic, Old Saybrook
New London County CT Towns & Cities
New London, Mystic, Norwich, Norwalk, Mystic Village, Old Mystic

Salem, CT Living Resources

Salem, CT Airports
Salem, CT Art Galleries
Salem, CT Autos
Salem, CT Camping
Salem, CT Golfing
Salem, CT Microbreweries
Salem, CT Shopping
Salem, CT Theaters
Salem, CT Antiques
Salem, CT Attorneys
Salem, CT Classifieds
Salem, CT Hiking
Salem, CT Inns
Salem, CT Museums
Salem, CT Skiing
Salem, CT Weather
Salem, CT Apple Orchards
Salem, CT Attractions
Salem, CT Beaches
Salem, CT Dining
Salem, CT Hotels
Salem, CT Radio Stations
Salem, CT State Parks

New London CT
New London County CT Living

inns | hotels | resorts | rentals | attractions | dining | real estate

Inns | Hotels | Resorts | Vacation Rentals | Pet Friendly | Conferences
Camping | Real Estate | Dining | Events | Classifieds

Attractions | Maps | Products | Art | Shopping

New England Towns