The Journey to Salem

Walkers: Please check this website frequently; information will be updated continuously throughout the Journey.

Follow Salem Academy and College alumnae and friends as we recreate the journey undertaken by the Single Sisters from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to North Carolina in 1766. The Journey will cover 500 miles over 29 days and will follow the historic route as outlined in the 1766 journal of Salome Meurer—along the colonial migration trail, which passes through Maryland, continues east of the mountains in Virginia, and turns west in Hillsborough, North Carolina. The Journey began September 28 and will end on October 26, 2021 with the triumphant entry into Salem Square

Check out daily blog posts from walkers taking part in the Journey as well as a short history essay each day, which will offer context for the cultural, political, and physical landscape of 1766. In addition, this website will provide all the logistical details for walkers and volunteers.

To learn more about the Journey and to register, please visit is still open for virtual walkers and the final leg on October 26 from Bethabara to Salem! You may register here.

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