Autumn Stroll with Salem Food Tours

Enjoy an autumn stroll with Salem Food Tours while learning about Salem’s spice trade history with stops at local shops and restaurants. Tour includes a cheese, wine, sweet, and spice tasting, and proceeds will support Historic New England’s Phillips House Museum.

Tickets ($40) may be purchased at SalemFoodTours.com.

Salem Food Tour

Stroll through Downtown Salem with Salem Food Tours and learn about Salem’s spice trade history while visiting local shops and restaurants. Tickets ($54) may be purchased at SalemFoodTours.com.

Gendering Work: Mills, Homes, and Everywhere Else in the Industrial Era

The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association was founded to preserve the famed Turner-Ingersoll Mansion and to provide support services for newly arriving immigrants in 1910. Salem’s Point Neighborhood has long been one of the enclaves for immigrant families. Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello will offer a walking tour of the Point neighborhood focusing on the work in the mills, small neighborhood business, and homes, with a particular focus on the sites of women’s work. What has made this neighborhood function through the years? Join us to find out.

This program will be offered for free as part of Essex National Heritage Area’s Trails and Sails events. Space is limited and registration is required.

The walking tour will last 60 – 90 minutes depending on crowd size.

Please note: This event meets at Lafayette Park on the corners of Washington and Lafayette Streets in Salem. Information about parking can be found at www.salem.com.

To reserve your spot for this walking tour please CLICK HERE; email groups@7gables.org, or call 978-744-0991 ext. 152.

Pickerings, Pirates & Physicians: Secrets of an Old Salem Cemetery

An important and visible part of Salem for 350 years, the quaint and historic Broad Street Cemetery across from Salem’s Pickering House has been overlooked by many and contains many “history mysteries.” Historian John Goff will look anew at this city resource and showcase some of the important early Salem citizens who now reside there. After the lecture, we’ll walk over to the site to look at some fine examples of 17th – 19th-century hand-carved gravestones.

Reservations required. Please RSVP at pickeringhouse1@gmail.com.

Salem’s Black Heritage Audio Tour

Salem’s Black Heritage is incredibly rich. As slaves or free men and women, as merchants, mariners, abolitionists, and activists, people of color and their advocates have been an integral part of Salem almost since the city’s founding in 1626. Did you know Salem was a hotbed of abolitionist activity? That the Black Picnic dates to 1741, or that the city’s public schools were among the first in the nation to be integrated? Learn more through this audio tour, featuring 25 sites, each with a narration of 1-3 minutes. And don’t miss the complementary Remond Family tour on September 24th.

Special Instructions:

Pick and choose the sites of interest to you. Sites are spread across Salem and can be visited in any order. Many merely mark a home or the location where an event occurred. Not all sites have buildings of historical interest. Download app at www.uniguide.me, then select Salem’s Black Heritage.

Stroll with Nathaniel Bowditch

Journey back in time with a walking tour covering the life and activity of Nathaniel Bowditch, the father of navigation. Join Historic Salem on a stroll through Salem, stopping at several points of interest in Mr. Bowditch’s lifetime, and connecting it back to modern day Salem.

Tour will begin at 11:00 a.m sharp but will not depart 9 North Street until 11:10 a.m. Capacity: 25, see website for more information.

The McIntire District in the 17th Century

At 12:45 PM, Salem Food Tours will present fresh spices and sweeteners used in early Colonial cooking. Lecture at 1 PM.
Hamilton Hall in Salem is widely recognized as one of the most important Federal buildings in America. It was designed in 1805 by the famous architect and master woodcarver, Samuel McIntire, and has been in use as an assembly hall for cultural and social events for over two hundred years. Long before Samuel McIntire was born, the area which is today the McIntire District was the fringe of downtown Salem, the area between the populous Salem Town and the Common Pasture and Salem Village beyond. Who lived in this part of town and what did the landscape look like? What traces remain in the McIntire District today of this early era of Salem’s history? This lecture will briefly examine patterns of land-use in Salem, some of the personalities of the district such as the angry Quaker Matthew Maule, and the Broad Street Cemetery, the Friends Cemetery, Hamilton Hall and the Pickering House.

Special Instructions:

There is limited on-street parking near the Hall. Central parking is located in the center of downtown Salem, just a few minutes walk to Hamilton Hall.

The Quakers of Early Salem

Join Salem State University Professor Emerson “Tad” Baker for a walking tour examining the history and influence of the Quakers in Salem. Three hundred years after the Witch Trials we explore the lessons learned, its effect on our country and the evolution of tolerance. Starting at the Witch Trials Memorial, continuing to the Quaker Meeting House at the PEM and then a walk through the McIntire District to Maule’s Well and the Quaker “Friend’s Burial Ground” on Essex Street. This 90-minute tour will be outside on city sidewalks.

The Remond Family, Salem’s Early Abolitionists

Join Francis Mayo for a talk and walking tour examining the history of the Remond Family who played a central role in the abolitionist movement. From Curacao, John settled in Salem in 1805 establishing several successful businesses at Hamilton Hall while raising 10 children. Sarah and Charles, became internationally known for their anti-slavery oratory, lecturing with William Lloyd Garrison. Starting at the Witch Trials Memorial, you will hear about the lives of this important family, walk to an underground railroad site, to the Salem Normal School on Broad Street, Remond’s home on Summer Street, view scholarly articles at the Salem Athenaeum and end at Hamilton Hall.
This 90-minute tour will be outside on city sidewalks. Capacity: 30, see website for more information.

Walking Tour of Useful Local Plants

Plants are so much more than pretty flowers or annoying weeds! Here on the North Shore, even in the city, we are surrounded by plants that provide food and medicine for us. Want to know what those plants are and which plants and weeds are good for food or medicine? Join local Foraging Instructor Iris Weaver as we walk around the grounds of the First Church and a few blocks of the McIntyre District to learn more about our local plants. Bring your camera or a notebook to record all the exciting things you will learn!
Capacity: 30, see website for more information. Please arrive promptly, as we will be walking around. We will meet on the front steps of the First Church.

The History Buff’s Guide to Salem, Massachusetts

Salem, Massachusetts is a history lover’s paradise. With colonial and maritime history, and the history of the Salem Witch Trials, along with spectacular architecture dating from the 17th to early 20th centuries, Salem offers a host of historical museums, attractions, and even restaurants and shops. Make history during your visit to Salem by checking out all there is to do, eat, and shop, or by following our suggestions below.

Upon arriving in Salem, visit the Salem Regional Visitor Center to get your bearings and catch a short introductory film. The Visitor Center offers two films that provide background information for your visit to Salem: Where Past is Present a 27-minute film covering the general history of Salem, and Salem Witch Hunt, a 35-minute film presented by Essex Heritage that focuses exclusively on the Salem Witch Trials.

 

 

Before leaving the Visitor Center, pick up a brochure or two for a free self-guided walking tour on a topic like Architecture in Salem or African American Heritage Sites in Salem. For another way to make your way to Salem’s historical sites on foot, catch the red line on the sidewalk and follow the Salem Heritage Trail. If you do not have time to complete an entire self-guided tour, pull out the guide when you happen to be near relevant sites to learn more on the go or break up the tour across multiple days.

From the Visitor Center, walk down Essex Street towards Washington Street. Pass the statue of Samantha from Bewitched and continue to the next intersection until you come to the Witch House. The building was home to Witch Trials Judge Jonathan Corwin, making it the only remaining structure in Salem today with direct ties to the events in 1692. Take a tour of the house (guided or self-guided) to learn about Judge Corwin and his role in the Witch Trials as well as 17th-century architecture and home life.

 

 

 

Around the corner from the Witch House you will find the Ropes Mansion, which was built in 1727 and renovated in 1894. The architectural style of the building is detailed in the Architecture in Salem guide you may have picked up from the Visitor Center. The mansion is currently owned by the Peabody Essex Museum, which offers free self-guided tours of the interior on Saturdays and Sundays through the fall.

Walk back towards the Witch House to turn right onto Summer Street and take another right onto Chestnut Street going until you find #34, Historic New England’s Phillips House. Built in 1821, by Captain Nathaniel West, the home was later inhabited by the Phillips family, whose collection is on display for guests to view today. Tours of the Phillips House, which begin every half hour, offer insight into what day-to-day life was like in the early 20th-century for both the Phillips family and their staff. The building is designed in the Colonial Revival architectural style and is one another of the stops in the Architecture in Salem guide.

 

 

When you’re ready for lunch, continue back down Essex Street crossing the street by the beginning of the Pedestrian Mall and take a left. Continue down Washington Street until you come to Church Street on the right, and visit Turner’s Seafood for lunch. Turner’s location within the Lyceum brings allows guests to dine in the building where in 1877 Alexander Graham Bell completed the first long distance telephone call while enjoying a menu of fresh, locally sourced seafood dishes.

After lunch, return to the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall to visit Bewitched in Salem and pick up the Bewitched Historical Tour. This informative two-hour walking tour brings you to various sites where you will learn about Salem’s colonial history along with the history of the Salem Witch Trials, maritime lore, present-day Salem and more.

 

 

Following your walking tour, visit the House of the Seven Gables to learn not only about Nathaniel Hawthorne’s famous novel but also about the site’s architecture and local maritime history. Take a guided tour through the home, and visit the seaside gardens and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s birthplace. To take some of Salem’s history home with you, visit the House of the Seven Gables Gift Shop. The shop features literary-themed goods as well as historical treasures to remember your visit to Salem from home.

Do some more shopping for yourself or the history buffs you have waiting at home on your way back to the downtown area by stopping at Waite and Peirce on Derby Street. Waite and Peirce is home to authentic and recreated goods from Salem’s past and the shop is also a great place to pick up some additional information about the Salem Maritime National Historic Site.

Want to make your “History Buff” day trip into an overnight stay? Book a room at one of Salem’s local historic inns, or at the Hawthorne Hotel, which is a Historic Hotel of America constructed in 1925.

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