Stepping Stone Bed and Breakfast photo by: Ken Watson
No witches were ever burned at our Salem of the Rideau Lakes. In contrast, in a spirit of unity and harmony the citizens of this tiny community once called their schoolhouse "Union School" to reflect their special site on the boundary between the Counties of Leeds and Frontenac on County Road No. 2, between the Townships of North Crosby and Bedford. Each morning in decades past, the weighing-in stand of Salem Cheese Factory echoed with the news and views of local farmers. Local and worldly matters were discussed at the Salem General Store and Post Office. And across the road the Salem Church once provided a focus of matters personal and spiritual on Sundays.
Along the Salem Road, the Perth Road and County Road No. 42 which fan out from Westport, can be found a number of beautiful stone farm homes and other buildings erected in the 19th century. Many have been restored and converted to other purposes such as the Stepping Stone Bed and Breakfast Inn (North Crosby Ward, Lot 10, Con 10) which enjoys a well deserved reputation for its offering of a heritage experience.