What We’ll Do and See
Salem is a city best seen with a guide, and there are many choices around town. Having lived in Salem all my life, I’m happy to share tips, suggestions and some local color commentary along the way to enhance your visit. Our “walk and talk” will last about 2 hours and cover about 2 miles, visiting at least 15-20 sites. We’ll move at a relaxed pace that is comfortable for the group. Our tour is entirely outdoors so be prepared for whatever the weather brings. Salem is an old city with lots of uneven sidewalks. Seating and restrooms are limited to public spots along the route. I specialize in smaller tours that will allow more interaction between guests and myself. A portion of proceeds are donated to non-profit youth organizations in the city of Salem.
Our tour will include most or all of these sites depending on weather, pace and interest of the group:
Salem Witch Trials History
While none of the innocent victims who lost their lives between June and September 1692 were ‘witches’, this dark time in our history continues to attract visitors from around the world. Sites related to the Salem Witch Trials include:
The Witch House
The Merchant Inn
The Witch Trials Memorial
Olde Salem Burial Ground
Original site of the Salem Goal (Jail)
The Lyceum Building
Extra note: If you have a car and are interested in the history of the Salem Witch Trials, there are many additional sites in Danvers, MA which was Olde Salem Village back in 1692. A good link to Danvers sites is: http://salem.lib.virginia.edu/Danvers.html.
Salem and the Sea
Salem’s seaport made us one of the richest cities in America, and home of America’s first millionaire. This wealth helped to shape Salem’s neighborhoods, dotted with beautiful examples of McIntire architecture and stately mansions.
The Merchant Inn/Joshua Ward House
The Ropes Mansion
Chestnut Street Historic District
Ghosts and Such
I ain’t afraid of no ghost…which is lucky for me as I grew up in one of America’s most ‘haunted’ cities. You don’t have to believe in spirits or venture out in the dark to enjoy a good ghost story. Here are a few of my favorite reputed haunted spots:
The Merchant Inn;/Joshua Ward House
Howard Street Cemetery
Site of the Salem “Witch Gaol”
The Lyceum Building