Salem and Roanoke County in Vintage Postcards conveys the rich history of the region through a collection of over 200 postcards. Author Nelson Harris is the mayor of Roanoke City and has had a life-long interest in the history of the Roanoke Valley. Harris has published four other pictorial histories with Arcadia.
Salem and Roanoke County in Vintage Postcardsby Nelson Harris
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In 1800, James Simpson, a Botetourt County landowner, purchased 31 acres of land for $100 and dedicated half of the purchase to plotting a new town. The Town of Salem was officially established when Simpson recorded his ownership at Fincastle Courthouse in October 1802, and it later became the government seat when Roanoke County was carved from Botetourt County in 1838. Today, Salem is an independent city, boasting a rich tradition of educational, commercial, and residential success. Roanoke County, like Salem, has emerged from its agrarian past to become a suburban county that embraces the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, as well as the strength and success of corporate centers and residential communities.
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