The annual Salem Fest is back!  The festivities begin on August 8th with a potluck picnic at 12:30 pm.  Please bring food to share.  Paper plates, utensils, & lemonade will be provided.  The ringing of the old church bell at 2pm will signal the start of the program.  Featured will be the quartet Bonse Aba from Paynesville Lutheran Church who enjoy sharing their love of singing. An offering will be collected for Salem's upkeep and restoration. We will serve birthday cake and ice cream after the program in honor of Lowell Gess’s 100th birthday.  Any Covid-19 and social distancing protocol that is in effect at that time will be observed.   Address: 28547 220th Street. Directions: Hwy 23 bypass to Stearns County #33 north for 4 miles to 220th Street. Left on 220 (a gravel road) for 1/2 mile. Questions? Call 320-249-0373 or 320-493-1657.

Salem Church Paynesville MN

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Thank you for your 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 fairly new feature can be found on the tab 'CEMETERY INFO'.

Click on Cemetery Records and find the Excel spreadsheets of the West and East side burials

in Salem Cemetery complete with birth and death dates.    

Salem Church Paynesville MN
Salem Church Paynesville MN

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 Paynesville MN

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.