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North Salem is a small town in the northeast corner of Westchester County. Located approximately 50 miles north of Manhattan and directly bordering Connecticut to the east, with a population of just over 5,000, the town is a quaint neighborhood that offers residents the best of both worlds. Prized for it rural remoteness, the residents of North Salem value the country-like atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of the city and some of the more popular towns in Westchester County. To preserve this ambiance, shopping centers and multiplex cinemas are banned in North Salem- but residents don't mind the short drive out of town. The town sports gorgeous views of rolling countryside, interrupted only by rail fences and roam wildlife. Many are shocked to find that such an area exists within commuting distance to New York City. From some areas, residents can see as far as the foothills of the Catskill Mountains. The North Salem Middle School/High School caters to students in North Salem, ad well as to the Putnam County towns of Brewster and Carmel. The high school has been distinguished as a Blue Ribbon School for high levels of educational achievement by the United States Department of Education. Tourists often visit the area to see The North Salem Dolmen, which was featured in the popular book, Weird U.S. Located along the roadside, the dolmen is a 90-ton boulder unbelievably balanced on a handful of smaller rocks. Origin stories of the dolmen differ from it reputably being built by ancient Celts who sailed to America even before Columbus' journey, to several scientists who claim that it was simply left over from the glacial retreat thousands of years ago. Whatever the case, it is one of the impressive natural structures of North Salem, New York. Along with The North Salem Dolmen, the town is home to many historic properties including the Joseph Purdy Homestead, the North Salem Town Hall and the Union Hall. All of these properties date back to the 18oos when the towns' residents lived in wood-framed commercial buildings and made their living by farming.

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