About Old Settler's Days

Salem's Old Settler's Days Celebration dates back to pioneer days when the town came together to celebrate the fall season and pay tribute to the early settlers in the county. Today's celebration is held on the grounds of The John Hay Center and throughout the downtown area and offers a multitude of activities for visitors. During the festival, the Center's pioneer village comes alive with the village inhabitants eager to share stories and display their talents. The grounds around the John Hay birthplace boasts a variety of arts and craft vendors and food is always in abundance as well including the ever popular fresh squeezed apple cider and parched corn. The Steven's Museum complex is open to visitors during the festival and features scores of exhibits highlighting the history of the county. The Depot Railroad Museum, also on the Center Grounds is also open during the festival and welcomes guests to view a wide array of exhibits relating to early railroading. Other events are also planned during the festival with some actually beginning on the Friday evening prior to the official beginning of the festival. For complete information visit oldsettlersdays.org