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Tragedy & Triumph: True Tales from Salem's Past

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$10 – $16

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Salem Visitor Center

2 New Liberty Street

Salem, MA 01970

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Event description
Join a Victorian costumed guide through the streets of Salem, to discover the True Tales from Salem's Past.

About this event

Founded in 1626, Salem, Massachusetts is best known for the tragic Witch Hysteria of 1692. But with almost 400 years of history to explore, being one of America’s oldest cities means there is more than just one story to tell! The two-time capital of Massachusetts, Salem has been both the wealthiest place in the nation and an economically depressed pile of ashes.

From allegations of black masses to America’s first deliveries of black pepper, Salem’s seen it all! A central port in the new world, this city has received objects, artifacts, and cold hard cash from all over the globe, prompting the creation of America’s oldest museum. Dark and terrifying legends of this place sprang from the minds of such literary greats as Nathaniel Hawthorne and H.P. Lovecraft. Equally amazing are the true tales of the sensational murder of Captain White, an absurd encounter with British soldiers during the American Revolution, and the long and sordid career of Reverend Cotton Mather. Plus… there was the witch thing.

Join a Victorian costumed guide through the streets of Salem, old and new, and discover the true tales from Salem's past.


How long is the tour and where does it go?

The tour lasts 75-80 minutes

Where does this tour leave from?

All tours leave from the Salem Armory Visitor Center at 2 New Liberty Street. 

When should I arrive?

Please make sure to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your tour time to check in with Essex Heritage staff. All tours leave promptly at the scheduled time. 

Do I have to bring my printed ticket?

No, just provide the name you used to order the tickets and the number of tickets you purchased.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

For detailed information about parking and transportation in Salem, visit http://www.salem.org/parking-map-transportation/.

Is this tour handicap accessible?

No, a few of the areas that the tour goes including the Witch Trials Memorial are narrow, dirt paths or uneven cobblestone streets, that are not easily navigated with wheelchairs or motorized scooters. Please also be aware that the tour lasts 75 minutes and does not include places to sit so be prepared to stand the entire time. 

For any questions and information please call the Visitor Center at (978)224-2036

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Organizer Essex Heritage

Organizer of Tragedy & Triumph: True Tales from Salem's Past

The Essex National Heritage Area, established by an act of the U.S. Congress in 1996, covers the 500 square mile region north of Boston (Essex County) and encompasses thousands of historic, cultural and natural places that were crucial in shaping our nation’s heritage.  

The Essex National Heritage Commission (Essex Heritage) is the nonprofit management organization for the Area and rallies our community around saving its unique character.  We are the only organization that connects the people who live in the 34 cities and towns within our county!  We do this to achieve our mission “to preserve and enhance the historic, cultural and natural resources of Essex County.” 

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