Charles E. Burchfield is known as one of America's most famous watercolorists. He grew up in Salem, living in what is today known as the Burchfield Homestead from the ages of 5 to 28. Many of his most famous paintings are of scenes in and around this home, so the Burchfield Museum was created to restore the home. In 1999, the Burchfield Homestead Museum was opened, and the house was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Today, visitors can tour the home and view original works by Burchfield. You can purchase prints of his most famous paintings as well.
Just north of downtown Salem is the beautiful Centennial Park. The park is 35 total acres and full of fun things to do for the whole family. It is Salem's oldest and most developed park, complete with five ball fields, playgrounds, a sand volleyball court, and tennis courts. With a beautiful duck pond, picnic shelters, and grills, it is really the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon with the family. There is also an outdoor pool that is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, which is the perfect place to make a splash in the summer.