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Long before the Chamber came to occupy the Carriage House adjacent to the former Cooper Mansion, this spot was a central gathering place for the residents of Salem. Built in 1903 on an 110 acre tract by coal operator, Thomas Cooper, the mansion was a community centerpiece. Not only was it admired for its beauty and size, but the Coopers were adored for welcoming all area residents to enjoy their home as a gathering place.
After Cooper died, his 18-room former residence was used for community meetings until it was destroyed by fire in 1968. There’s a long legacy of this spot, which now includes a children’s playground, being a place where people felt welcome, appreciated and connected to each other.
Today, the Salem-Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce remains a friendly, hospitable and inclusive example of businesses supporting each other and the community. Membership is affordable. The benefits gained from participation are considerable. Come find out why this little Chamber has such a big impact on our area businesses and the communities they call home.