Welcome to Salem County
Discover the Possibilities in Salem County, New Jersey
With a rich legacy of historical places and events, a vast array of natural resources and open spaces, a stable farming community, and a strong economic job base, Salem County offers a very unique quality of life. Nestled in the southwest corner of New Jersey, Salem County is within easy driving distance of Philadelphia, New York, Wilmington, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Atlantic City. Leave the urban sprawl behind, get away for a day or a weekend to the scenic landscapes, living history and lively arts of Salem County. Whether you plan to spend the day discovering Salem County’s many historic sites, exploring our natural wonders, or enjoying the diverse culture of our community, we have something waiting for you. The hospitality you’ll receive makes staying another day or two an easy choice.
Salem County, NJ Media Familiarization Tour
May 1, 2019, 9 AM – 3PM
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3 Front Street,
Salem, NJ 08079
The Hancock House is a historic site of the 1778 Hancock’s Bridge Massacre during the Revolutionary War. The house was built in 1734 for Judge William and Sarah Hancock and features a blue glazed brick pattern, which gives the year of construction (1734) and the initials of the couple for whom it was built (W & S). The Hancock House remained in the family until 1931, although the extent to which the house was used as a private residence and the property farmed is uncertain. There is evidence to suggest a section of the house was leased for a tavern during the 18th and 19th centuries. The State of New Jersey acquired the Hancock House for $4,000 in 1931 and opened as a museum in 1932. Currently the Hancock House hosts programs for the public such as open hearth cooking workshops and ghostly gatherings candlelight tours.
20 Route 77
Elmer, NJ 08318
Coombs Barnyard is run by sisters Jennifer Coombs-Kelly and Amanda Coombs-Shimp, who are the ninth generation on the family farm. Field trips, also known as “agri-ventures” are the best at Coombs Barnyard. Trips are offered April through October and welcome schools, scouts, and any other group that wants to visit. The barnyard also hosts a variety of family fun events throughout the season including Flashlight Fridays, a corn maze in the dark that is not scary, and Barnyard Bashes, an open house style event with hayrides, pumpkin picking, barrel train rides, and visiting with the animals, in addition to Farm Camp and other exciting events.
457 Shirley Road
Elmer, NJ 08318
Appel Farm Arts and Music Center provides people of all ages, cultures, and economic backgrounds with a supportive, cooperative environment in which to explore the fine and performing arts. They were founded as a private summer arts camp for children in 1960 by Albert and Clare Appel, who were musicians and professional arts educators. Since its founding, Appel Farm has evolved into a major nonprofit regional arts center with diverse facilities. Appel Farm believes that the arts are an exciting and essential part of the learning process and that artistic talent is innate and waiting to be developed in every person. Appel Farm achieves its mission through on-site arts education programming, a world-renowned summer arts camp for children, outreach in schools, and community-based partnerships.
Auburn Road Vineyard & Winery
117 Sharptown-Auburn Road
Pilesgrove, NJ 08098
Auburn Road cultivates over 23 acres of grapes, produces over 7,000 cases of wine a year, and welcomes guests from all over the Northeast and beyond. The oldest vines were planted in 2003 and some are as young as three-years-old. Much of the vineyard has been established for five years or more and is in the prime of its grape producing life. The winery’s Enoteca is a relaxed European-style vineyard wine bar. Guests can take part in wine tastings and enjoy artisan cheeses. When the week wraps up, stop by for Happy Hour and Acoustic Open Mic Night on Thursdays, “What’s For Dinner Friday,” a five-course dinner featuring wine and cheese pairings and pasta with housemade sauces, and live music performances every Friday and Saturday night. Ravello Woodfire Pizza makes the best pizza you’ve ever had right on site and you can enjoy them every Thursday night, Saturday and Sunday.
780 Harding Highway
Pilesgrove, NJ 08098
Cowtown Rodeo started back in 1929 and has stood the test of time (2018 marks the 64th consecutive year), remaining true to the traditions of the Old West and bringing each guest a taste of western ranching. In fact, it is only one of two weekly Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association sanctioned events in the country. Every Saturday night from May through September, guests can experience seven pro-rodeo events including bull riding, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, girls’ barrel racing, team roping, and tie down roping. Cowtown also has a twice-weekly, year round, indoor and outdoor farmers and flea market. The Cowtown Farmers Market has been serving buyers and sellers since 1926. They started as a livestock auction and now feature outdoor and heated indoor facilities showcasing 400+ vendors. Going on its 92nd year in 2018, the Cowtown Farmers Market is considered by many to be the best flea market in South Jersey.
Salem County Fairground
735 Harding Highway
Woodstown, NJ 08098
The Salem County Fairgrounds hold special events and festivals year round. One of the most well-known events is the Salem County Fair, a four day “old fashioned” county fair, held every August. The fair features tractor pulls, horse shows, daily BBQ dinners, a livestock auction, and so much more. There are even fireworks at the end of the day. Another popular event held at the fairgrounds is the South Jersey Pumpkin Show. This family-oriented fall festival is held each year on the second weekend in October. Guests can browse from over 100 craftsmen selling their goods and enjoy live bands and amusement rides. There is a Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off, Little Miss and Mister Pumpkin Show Pageant, NJ Largest Pie Contest, and pumpkin food contests! The Salem County Fairgrounds also holds other events throughout the year including horse and dog shows, open game shows, car and motorcycle shows, and much more!
Pine Tavern Distillery
149a Pine Tavern Road
Upper Pittsgrove, NJ 08343
Pine Tavern Distillery operates on the family owned Hidden Pond Farm. They believe that Salem County’s local history should be shared because it is rich with significant people and events that have helped make the county, state, and country what it is. The distillery strives to work with and support local businesses and hosts a wide variety of community events and fundraisers. The distillery’s line of Muddy Run Jersey Style Spirits is named after the creek that runs through the back of the farm and is handcrafted in small batches using primarily local ingredients, most of which are from their farm. Their line of Fenwick’s New Salem Spirits is named after Salem, NJ founder, John Fenwick, and is distilled in Kentucky and barrel aged and bottled at the distillery. Pine Tavern Distillery strives to create craft spirits that are bold, smooth, and unique.