Fort New Salem Foundation, Inc. will assist Fort New Salem in preserving and advancing the educational, historical, cultural and social aspects of Nineteenth Century West(ern) Virginia.





Fort History

Fort New Salem is a living history, outdoor museum interpreting the history, trades and lifestyles of the region. The settlement is surrounded by tree-covered hills. The facility takes its visitors into an era when work and leisure activities reflected the values and traditions of the community and the Appalachian culture of her people.

Fort New Salem is a representative frontier log settlement of Nineteenth Century West(ern) Virginia. Work on this village of  18 relocated log structures began in 1971. The Fort opened to the public in 1974. The site is approximately eight acres, all owned by the Fort New Salem Foundation, Inc.

Fort New Salem is located in Salem, WV, a rural Appalachian community in western Harrison County. It is strategically located on property adjacent to US Route 50, and is less than 17 miles west of the Clarksburg/Bridgeport interchange of Interstate 79.

The Fort New Salem Foundation, Inc. attained ownership in December 2005 and has rehabilitated ten structures to date. They are listed in bold below.

Our campus includes:

The Meeting House - adopted by the Salem Seventh Day Baptist Church

Delilia's Cabin - adopted by Energy Express

The Tinsmith Shop - adopted by West Union Bank

The Smoke House (available for adoption)

The Block House (available for adoption)

The Print Shop (available for adoption)

McIntyre's House - adopted by Hall Drilling, LLC

The Apothecary - adopted by Enterprise Foundation

The Old Kitchen  - adopted by Dominion Foundation

The Basket Shop

The Blacksmith Shop

The Weaving Room adopted by Mutschelknuas Oil & Gas

The Waldo Run Cabin

The Greentree Tavern (available for adoption)

The Wood Shop (available for adoption)

The Farm House (currently being restored)

The Restroom / Storage (available for adoption)

The Old Office (available for adoption)

The Spring House (available for adoption)


Our long range plans also include a new Visitors / Welcome Center, additional work on the parking lot as well as a nature trail and  amphitheater.

Fort New Salem Foundation, Inc.    PO Box 186 Salem, WV 26426  

Executive Director      304-695-2220