About New Salem Academy

On February 25, 1795, Massachusetts Governor Samuel Adams signed the original Legislation creating New Salem Academy!

The Trustees of New Salem Academy, an organization provided for in that legislation to manage the affairs of The Academy, has been in continuous existence for 224 years. Today the Trustees oversee the management and dispersal of funds to provide Scholarship opportunities for residents of New Salem and descendants of Academy attendees and Staff, and to support educational or cultural Programs in the area. Trustees also maintain a Museum of New Salem Academy in the “Old Academy Building” on Academy Drive of the Common in New Salem center.

The museum is “Open by Appointment” only, so please contact us to request a visit.