Salem Tourist Attractions
Salem, north-east of Boston on Massachusetts Bay, has one of the best historical museums in America, the Essex Institute. It preserves a number of handsome mansions of the 17th-19th centuries with their original interiors, notably the Stephen Philips Memorial Trust House. The House of Seven Gables (1668) was the birthplace of the writer Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-64). A particularly fine example of urban architecture can be seen in Chestnut Street.
Peabody Essex Museum
Peabody Essex Museum consists of 30 galleries in six different departments, 11 historic homes and a research library. Visitors can see collections of Maritime art, samples of American decorative arts as well as art from China, Japan, Korea, India, Africa, North America and the Pacific Islands.Among the historic houses are the John Ward house built in 1684, the Crownshield-Bently House (1727) with 18th century furnishings and the brick Gardner-Pingree House (1804) with an elegant interior including work by master builder Samuel McIntire.
Official site: www.pem.org
Address: 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970-3726, United States
House of Seven Gables Historic Site
House of Seven Gables is a collection of colonial homes including one of the oldest surviving 17th-century wooden mansions in New England, built in 1668. Nathaniel Hawthorne used the House of Seven Gables as the setting for his famous novel of the same name. On one of the regularly scheduled tours, guides lead visitors up the building's curving, secret staircases and recount the history of its former occupants. There are period artifacts, photos, paintings and a research library with centuries old texts.The site also includes Nathaniel Hawthorne's 1804 birthplace, which has been restored to its 1808 appearance, and four other houses listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Essex National Heritage Area
The Essex National Heritage Area is one of 17 in the U.S. established by Congress to mark historically significant regions. It is made up of three trails that explore different sides to Essex Area history. The Maritime Trail includes shipyards, the Custom House, warehouses, wharves, and fish piers in the region. The Industrial Trail follows a route that focuses on the Essex area's role in shoemaking, tanning, and textile cottage industries. The Early Settlement Trail runs through 34 different villages, towns and communities that claim to have "more historic structures per acre than anywhere else in the country".
Official site: www.nps.gov/esse/
Address: 140 Washington Street, Salem, MA 01970, United States
Salem Maritime National Historic Site (Friendship)
The Salem Maritime National Historic Site is made up of about nine acres of land and twelve historic buildings along the waterfront in Salem. The site preserves Salem's long maritime history as the center of a large international trading operation in the late 18th and 19th century, helping to establish economic independence in the fledgling United States. The Salem fleet was also instrumental in establishing trade between the colonies and as privateers during the Revolutionary War. The Salem Maritime National Historic Site is also the permanent home of "Friendship," a reconstructed 18th century commercial sailing vessel.
Official site: www.nps.gov/sama/
Address: 160 Derby Street, Salem, MA 01970, United States
Judge Corwin, one of the magistrates in the witch trials, lived in this large house, known as Witch House. It was built in 1642 and is the only structure still standing in Salem with direct ties to the Witchcraft Trials of 1692.Witch House has been preserved to appear as it did in the 17th century and is an excellent example of 17th-century architecture in the area. Tours of the house blend information about lifestyles, furnishings, and architecture of the time with insights into Corwin's role in the events of 1692.
Official site: www.salemweb.com/witchhouse/
Address: 310 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970, United States
New England Pirate Museum
The Pirate Museum in Salem features an artifact room with authentic pirate treasure, a re-creation of a colonial seaport with costumed actors playing the roles of its citizens, a treasure-laden cave and a life-size pirate ship. Around the same time that judges in Salem were trying people for practicing witchcraft, pirates like Captain Kidd and Blackbeard were sacking merchant ships and towns then burying their treasures on many of the islands along what is often called the Gold Coast.
Official site: www.piratemuseum.com
Address: 274 Derby Street, Salem, MA 01970-3635, United States
Rebecca Nurse Homestead
The Rebecca Nurse Homestead was built in 1678, in a saltbox style. It was the home of Rebecca Nurse, one of the victims of the 1692 witch-hunt. Even though many people signed a petition to declare her innocence, Nurse was still tried, convicted and hanged. It is presumed that her body is interred in a burial ground located close to the house.Three restored rooms at the Rebecca Nurse Homestead contain period furnishings from the 17th and 18th century.
Official site: www.rebeccanurse.org
Address: 149 Pine Street, Danvers, MA 01923, United States
1630 Pioneer Village
1630 Pioneer Village is a re-creation of a 17th century fishing village with actors in period costumes, authentic homes, gardens, wigwams, and animals. It is one of the oldest living history museums in the country, pre-dating those in Plymouth and Williamsburg. Visitors can see the costumed guides perform tasks common in the era and hear tales of life in the first capital of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
Salem Wax Museum of Witches and Seafarers
Life-sized, wax figures of characters from Salem's rich historical past are found at the Salem Wax Museum. The characters are placed within settings enhanced by sound and lighting. There is a interactive area for children where they can make personal souvenirs, see exhibits on colonial life, experience a witch's jail and have their picture taken with costumed actors.
Address: 288 Derby Street, Salem, MA 01970-3634, United States
Salem Witch Village
Salem Witch Village presents exhibits on the myths and facts surrounding Witchcraft. Visitors can explore the legends, superstitions and propaganda. A highlight of the village is a memorial to the victims of the Salem Witch trials of 1692. It was dedicated on August 5, 1992 by Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel. The memorial, inscribed with protests of the accused, is a testament to the need for tolerance and justice.
Address: 282 Rear Derby Street, Salem, MA 01970, United States
Stephen Phillips Memorial Trust House
Phillips House in Salem is a Federal-style home featuring Chinese porcelains, Persian carpets, paintings and Early American furniture on display. The collection spans five generations of Phillips family with highlights on African woodcarvings and Native American pottery.
Official site: www.phillipsmuseum.org
Address: 34 Chestnut Street, Salem, MA 01970, United States
Witch Dungeon Museum
The Witch Dungeon Museum recreates Salem in 1692 with professional actors in period costume who re-enact a witch trial adapted from original transcripts. The stage is located in a 19th century church. After each performance, visitors are led down into a recreation of the dungeon where the accused "witches" were kept.
Official site: www.witchdungeon.com
Address: 16 Lynde Street, Salem, MA 01970-3404, United States
The Bonded Warehouse in Salem was built in 1819 to store cargo that was waiting to be claimed or re-exported. It now stores tea chests and original hoisting equipment.
Ropes Mansion & Gardens
The Ropes mansion was built in 1912, and features elaborate gardens with geometric beds in the Colonial Revival style. The best time for viewing the garden is July and August.
Address: 318 Essex Street, United States
The Salem Trolley offers a one hour narrated tour with stops at the major sites and attractions in Salem. Passengers can jump off and rejoin at any of the locations.
Official site: www.salemtrolley.com
Address: 8 Central Street, Salem, MA 01970, United States
Salem Witch Museum
Audiovisual presentations and exhibits at the Salem Witch Museum recreate the hysteria of the 1692 Salem witch trials. There are also educational displays on witchcraft, which look at the stereotypes and the phenomenon of witch hunting.
Official site: www.salemwitchmuseum.com
Address: 19 1/2 Washington Square North, Salem, MA 01970-4034, United States
Salem City Hall houses portraits and furnishings as well as the Indian deed to the town.
Official site: www.salem.com
Address: 93 Washington Street, United States
Built in 1819, the Custom House in Salem was used to conduct port business and collected tariffs.
Derby House was built for Richard Derby, a prominent merchant, in 1762. It is the oldest brick house in Salem.
The Derby Wharf was used as a base during the Revolutionary War. It is the site of the Derby Wharf Light Station.
Gardner Pingree House
The work of master builder Samuel McIntire is featured in the 1805 Gardner Pingree House.
Narbonne Hale House
Built in the 17th century, Narbonne Hale House was used by tradesman and craftsman, and as a private home.
Official site: www.nps.gov/sama/historyculture/narbonne.htm
Address: Essex Street, United States
The Salem Common is an 8 acre park in central Salem. This area has been public property since Salem's early days.
Charter Street Burying Ground
Many noted Salem citizens are buried in Charter Street Burying Ground.
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