The Palmer-Lewis Octagon House was built in 1857. On August 7, 1979, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Monroe Palmer resided here when it was known as Neshonoc, until 1873. It was originally board and batten siding but that was replaced with vertical clapboard at some point.
In 1890 David R Lewis purchased it. His grandson David owned it until his death in 2007 and land developers gifted it to the Historical Society who were responsible for its move to its current location--very near to where it was originally built. After 1978, a long addition/barn was added to it but that was removed when the Society took it over and moved it.
Today, the Palmer-Lewis House is home to the West Salem Tourist Center and is located adjacent to the Neshonoc Dam on Highway 16 and State Highway 108. The center is open Monday-Friday from noon-4pm.
The Palmer-Lewis Octagon House and the West Salem Tourist Center