Salem is nestled in the beautiful rolling hills of Northeastern Ohio. It is centrally located about 65 miles from both Pittsburgh and Cleveland, and is about 35 miles East of Akron and Canton. This quaint town retains much of its original character even while new and unique shops, restaurants and galleries fill its beautifully restored historic downtown buildings. Founded and settled by the Friends (a.k.a. "Quakers") religious group in 1806, the city was active in the anti-slavery movement of the early-to-mid 1800's. Still standing are many of the beautiful homes, with their hidden rooms and secret passageways, connecting them to the famous Underground Railroad.