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.

North River Walk & Talk—Ecology, History and the Future

Once called the Blue Danube of Salem, the ecologically important tidal North River provides the largest source of fresh water to Salem Sound. Originally lovely and wide, flowing through forests and meadows, the river was transformed by both the industrial revolution and urban development. Polluting tanneries lined the banks. The railroad came along and narrowed the banks with fill. Land pressures from urban development brought more fill and channelization of the river. Today, flooding and sea level rise pose new challenges.
As we walk, we’ll look at the river in a historical context–showing how and where the river changed over time, how and why decisions were made affecting the river (which thankfully no longer stinks to high heaven or runs red or blue!) and efforts to turn this impaired waterway back into a thriving ecosystem. We’ll look at amazing photographs from the old days and learn how the revolutionary war almost started on the banks of the North River. We’ll visit newly created rain gardens that are helping protect the river for American eel and rainbow smelt. Bring your questions and stories. Participants should be able to walk approximately one mile.

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.

2017 Wicked Kidz Race

For full details about the Wicked Kidz race, please visit https://www.wickedrunningclub.com/wicked-kidz-race.

Time note: The 1/2 mile race will start at 9:00 a.m. The 1 mile race will start at 9:30 a.m. Day-of registration for BOTH races will close at approximately 8:50 a.m.

Parking: Public and on street parking available

Course: Shaded, flat crushed stone path

Entry Fee: $2.00 per race; suggested amount

Timing: New for 2017! This race will be professionally timed by North Shore Timing!

Information: Contact any co-director: roo76@comcast.net; williamlavaughan@gmail.com; zarok213@yahoo.com

Registration: Online registration is available at wickedrunningclub.com.Please note, there is a $1.00 fee/race to cover processing fees. Online registration will close on Friday, July 28 at 3:00 p.m. Downloadable mail-in applications are available at wickedrunningclub.com. Day-of registration is available and will close at 8:50 for both the ½ mile and 1 mile race. Registration will open at 8:00 a.m. on race day.

Awards: Trophy to top male & female finishers; Medals to top 3 in each age group; ribbons to all finishers

Age Groups: 5 & under, 6-8, 9-11, 12-14

T-Shirts: Shirts to the first 75 registrants. Shirt sizes cannot be guaranteed.

Post-Race: Post race food and beverages provided.

Wild Edibles at Bakers Island Light

Come join naturalist and wild foods enthusiast, Russ Cohen on a special edible excursion out to Bakers Island Light Station, a historic property owned by Essex Heritage. This 3.5 hour special trip includes the boat ride aboard Naumkeag and a walking tour of the property with expert Russ Cohen pointing out special species along the trails including the kind you can snack on! Before departing for the main land, enjoy sumacade (a natural alternative to Kool-Aid) and a wild goodie or two made by Russ Cohen himself! The wild edibles tour includes over 3 dozen species of edible wild plants that have existed on the island for some time. Also expect to encounter at least six of the additional native wild edible species that were planted last summer.

Tickets ($40) and additional information available through Essex Heritage.

A Stroll Through the Gardens of Salem with Salem Garden Club

The Salem Garden Club hosts a self-guided “Garden Stroll” with a tour of private gardens in the McIntire Historic District. Featured are more than 10 traditional, quaint, and eclectic gardens. Ticket holders will also enjoy a stroll through the beautiful Ropes Mansion Garden. Complimentary refreshments of lemonade and cookies will be served to strollers along the route. Local musicians and artists will be featured in several gardens. These private gardens are not handicapped accessible. Pets and carriages are not permitted.

This fund raiser benefits many Salem civic projects which include:
• the planting and maintenance of the Washington Street traffic island;
• the plantings of the City Hall window boxes;
• the plantings at the Blue Star Memorial on Hawthorne Boulevard;
• providing monthly flower arrangement at the Salem Public Library; and,
• an annual scholarship awarded to a deserving Salem High School senior.

Tickets: $20 on day of the tour at First Church, 316 Essex Street, Salem, MA
($18 if purchased by Thursday, July 6, 2017 on SalemGardenClub.com)
For tickets, parking and specific details visit: SalemGardenClub.com.

5th Annual Bridge & Back 10K Road Race

The 5th Annual Bridge & Back 10K Road Race kicks off at 8:00 am on Charter Street with the post party will be held at the Tavern on the Square in Salem. The race crosses over the Salem/Beverly bridge and back!
The first 400 runners to register will receive a short sleeve tech shirt from Brooks.

Entry Fee: $25. For further information email: dougbollen12@yahoo.com. All proceeds go to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem.

North Shore Medical Center Cancer Walk

Each year thousands of participants join together with family members, colleagues and friends for the North Shore Cancer WALK. As a walker, volunteer or donor, you can be part of an inspirational day in the fight against cancer.

The 10K (6.2 mile) WALK route is an unforgettable journey of shared purpose and commitment. It winds through historic Salem, featuring an array of entertainers that lend a festive air to this profound community event. We encourage you to become a part of this annual celebration of life, hope and courage of all those who have been touched by this disease.

Proceeds from the WALK will support oncology services at North Shore Medical Center and the Massachusetts General/North Shore Cancer Center. In the past, WALK contributions have supported renovations, clinical trials, wellness services such as massage and acupuncture to help alleviate pain and nausea, as well as supportive care programs for patients and their families.

See website for complete information and how you can support North Shore Medical Center’s oncology services.

See the Sights from Salem’s Heritage Trail

Salem Heritage Trail

Salem’s Red Line – or Heritage Trail – exists to guide visitors between historic sites and destinations. Intended to inspire self-guided exploration, there are a few stops along the way that you might not want to miss.

The National Park Service Salem Regional Visitor Center, 2 New Liberty Street, is a perfect place to start. Watch the free 27-minute film, Where Past is Present, which appeals to all ages and provides an overview of Salem’s and Essex County’s history. From here, cross the street…

The Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex Street, is the oldest continually operated museum in the country. The museum features exceptional collections of art and culture as from around the world including Asian art, Asian export art, Maritime art, Native American art, as well as changing exhibits and programming. Continue west on Essex Street…

East India Marine Hall faces the fountain at East India Square and contains the original display cases and some of the very first objects collected by the Salem captains who established the Peabody Essex Museum in 1799. Continue along Essex Street…

You will pass boutiques, shops, cafes, and the Witch History Museum. At the corner of Essex and Washington Streets, pause at the former Daniel Low Building to read the plaque that notes the building as the site of Salem’s first Town Hall, and the location where delegates for the first Continental Congress were chosen in 1774. Turn around and you will see…

The fountain in Town House Square marks the supposed location of Salem’s first fresh water source, which was immortalized by Nathaniel Hawthorne in his short story, A Rill from the Town Pump. The 1970s era fountain was restored in 2014, when a marble base with Hawthorne’s words was installed. Cross Washington Street to…

 

The statue of Samantha Stevens from Bewitched. The television series filmed several episodes in Salem in the early 1970s after fire damaged the studios in California. The statue was erected by TV Land in 2005, and today she is one of the most photographed landmarks. Continue along Essex Street, cross Summer Street and…

You will see the 17th-century Witch House. The only building still standing in Salem with direct ties to the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, this was the family home of Judge Jonathan Corwin. Across the street you will see…

 

A monument remembering Salem Captain William Driver, who named the American flag “Old Glory.” Today, that flag, which was given to Driver by his mother as he departed on a trip, is part of the Smithsonian collection.

Adjacent to the Driver plaque is the entrance to the Samuel McIntire Architectural District. Brochures for the self-guided walking tour of this remarkable neighborhood are available at the Visitor Center and online.

Salem, MA, Ropes Mansion

Adjacent to the Witch House is the First Church in Salem, which was the parish of many of the accused during the Salem Witch Trials. This church features stunning Gothic architecture and Tiffany windows.

The Heritage Trail finds its end on Essex Street at the Ropes Mansion, which is part of the Peabody Essex Museum collection. The Ropes Gardens are open and free to the public.

Reversing direction, turn left on North Street and continue to Lynde Street. Turn right on Lynde and walk to the Witch Dungeon Museum, which features a plaque that remembers “The With Gaol.” The original “gaol” (jail) was located on Federal Street, two blocks from the Witch Dungeon Museum (not on the Red Line). Continue along Lynde Street and turn right onto Washington Street…

Salem City Hall at 93 Washington Street was built in 1837-38 from funds dispersed to Salem from a US Treasury Surplus. The Mayor’s office and City Council chambers have remained unchanged since 1838. Continue to Front Street, so named because this was the original Salem Waterfront. Turn left, walking past…

Old Town Hall in Derby Square. The oldest surviving municipal structure in Salem, Old Town Hall dates back to 1816-17. The second floor of the building, Great Hall, has always been used as a public hall, and contained Town offices until 1837. The first floor functioned as a public market and today is home to the Salem Museum. Follow Front Street, which will turn into Charter Street…

The Old Burying Point Cemetery is the second oldest English graveyard in Massachusetts. This Cemetery has a few remarkable residents including one Mayflower passenger, architect Samuel McIntire, and Witch Trials Judge John Hathorne (great grandfather to Nathaniel Hawthorne).

Behind the cemetery on Liberty Street is the Salem Witch Trials Memorial. Dedicated in 1992 by Nobel laureate Eli Wiesel, pause to pay respects to the 20 innocent people executed during the Witch Trials of 1692.

From the Memorial, follow the Heritage Trail down Liberty Street past the Salem Wax Museum and Witch Village, turning left onto Derby Street. You will pass shops, restaurants, and the New England Pirate Museum on your way to the waterfront, where the Red Line turns right and loops through the shops and restaurants of Pickering Wharf.

On the eastern side Pickering Wharf, there is a plaque remembering the Frigate ESSEX, which was constructed on Winter Island. She sailed from Salem in 1799 to serve in the Barbary Wars and the War of 1812. Her story was “epic in Naval history.”

Back on Derby Street, turn right toward the Salem Maritime National Historical Site, where historic buildings, wharves, and the reconstructed tall ship FRIENDSHIP* tell the stories of the sailors, Revolutionary War privateers, and merchants who brought the riches of the world to America.

 

 

Continue down Derby Street to Ye Olde Pepper Companie, a candy store noted for its Gibralters and Blackjacks, two of the first commercially produced candies in America. Across Derby Street you will find…

New England’s oldest wooden mansion, the House of the Seven Gables, which was made famous by the novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne it inspired. Today it is part of its own National Historic District, comprised of the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion, Hooper-Hathaway House, Hawthorne’s birthplace, and the seaside gardens.

From here the Heritage Trail continues two blocks to Blaney Street and Salem Wharf, where the Salem Ferry to Boston docks. Reverse direction, and return from the waterfront via the path that cuts through the National Park between the brick Derby House and the yellow Hawkes House, passing the 17th-century Narbonne House onto Essex Street.

Turn left on Essex Street and walk to Hawthorne Boulevard, turning right at the corner by the Hawthorne HotelRecognized as a Historic Hotel of America, the Hawthorne was built by public subscription in 1925.

Adjacent to the Hawthorne Hotel is Salem Common, which was established as a public grazing land in the 17th-century. In the 18th-century it was used as a training ground for the militia, and was the location of the first muster of the American National Guard.

Across from the northwest corner of Salem Common is the statue of Roger Conant. Conant founded Salem in 1626 for the Dorchester Company from England. Behind the Conant statue in an 1845 stone building that was once the Second Church Unitarian, is the Salem Witch Museum.

Turning back toward Essex Street, the Red Line turns right and returns to the tour’s beginning at the Salem Regional Visitor Center. This last block is significant however, as it includes Crow Haven Corner, which is thought to be the first witch shop in America, on the left, and several significant buildings on the Peabody Essex Museum campus on the right.

However you choose to follow Salem’s Heritage Trail, the three loops of Red Line have four centuries of stories to tell and dozens of sites to visit along the way.

*The FRIENDSHIP is currently undergoing a refurbishment in drydock in Gloucester, Massachusetts. She will return to Salem later this year.

McIntire Historic District Walking Tour

This informative and entertaining 90 minute walk will cover the other half of the Mcintire Historic District, significant structures and styles to be found there; restoration and preservation efforts; and social history.

The tour begins at 11:00 a.m. Admission $20. Reservations required. Please use email Culturecorner@gmail.com to reserve. If not possible then call or text  978.979.5907.

McIntire Historic District Walking Tour with Jim McAllister

This informative and entertaining 90-minute walk will cover the creation the original Chestnut Street Historic District and its subsequent expansion; significant structures and styles; restoration and preservation efforts; and social history.

Tour departs at 11:00 a.m. Admission $20. Reservations required. Please use email Culturecorner@gmail.com to reserve. If not possible then call or text  978.979.5907.

The Romance of Food Tour

Join Salem Food Tours on this special romantic stroll on the full moon, $32pp, includes a wine, cheese, sweet/chocolate and spice tasting (renowned aphrodisiacs), information on food and romance throughout the ages, and more!

Tickets are available at the link below.

Salem.org