Celebrate our Salem Heritage August 9, 1pm – 3:30pm

Since we have had to cancel the annual Salem Fest potluck and service, we will mark the passage of time by having the church and cemetery open for a few hours.  All are welcome to come for an 'Open House' to walk the grounds and inside the church. Maps and plot books will be available to aid in finding your loved ones resting places. While following the COVID-19 protocol, we want everyone to keep a distance from others not in your group.  Masks are requested when you are inside the church or close to others outside. Sanitizers and masks will be available if needed.  Donations will be gratefully accepted for the preservation, upkeep and operation of Salem Church & Cemetery.   Church address is: 28547 220th St, Paynesville MN. 

For questions: call Vicki @ 320-276-8287

Thank you for memorials and donations that help to maintain the Salem Church & Cemetery.  We count on two offerings a year (August Salem Fest & the Christmas Program) to pay annual expenses such as insurance, lawn mowing & utilities.  If you would like to make a donation, please mail a check made out to: Salem Historical Church, c/o Vicki Jenniges, 38444 512th Ave, Paynesville MN 56362.  Thank you! 


A couple of things are new on this website.  If you hold your cursor over the HISTORY tab, you will see the line 'Salem, a Country Church video.  This is the video produced in 1997 by Channel 10 PBS, narrated by Bill Holm.  We are excited to have it available for all to see. 


Another new feature can be found on the tab 'CEMETERY INFO'. Click on Cemetery Records and you will see Excel spreadsheets of the West and East side burials in Salem Cemetery complete with birth and death dates.    

Welcome to our site!  


If you have photos or information to add

or comments, please use the contact page found under the MORE tab. 


On January 3, 1998, the name was officially changed to 'The Salem HistoricaChurch Cemetery Association, Inc'.  The non-profit corporation has IRS 501(c)(3) status. Donations made to the Salem Church are tax deductible. 

In 1997 after a 30 year absence, a Christmas program was held at Salem Church. Two new furnaces were installed and now an old-fashioned Christmas program can again be held each year.   People bring gifts of food for the local food shelf and enjoy creating new traditions with their families.


Salem Church is visible to all for miles around. This photo was taken from the top of the Wegner's silo just a mile to the north. 

Salem Church was closed to regular Sunday worship services in 1968.  Many weddings are still held each year at the church and an occasional funeral.

The folks in this hot air balloon had a great view of Salem one fine September day. 

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