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

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

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

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 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.

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 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.

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, then select Salem’s Black Heritage.

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

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