Before the Europeans explored Salem 64 years after they settled Jamestown, Salem was populated by a tribe of Native Americans known as the Totero. The area, when discovered by explorers years later, was originally named Totero Town, after the first Native Americans who had helped the Europeans.
Later, Toero Town became a small settlement for settlers and travellers crossing the Great Wilderness Road. It was officially founded as a town in 1802 and received its charter in 1806.
No one is quite certain while the town is named Salem, but the most widely known and accepted story is that Salem is named after William Bryan, a very well known citizen, who was originally from Salem, New Jersey.
Points of Interest:
--Salem Farmers' Market