Salem: profilo di una cittadina del Massachusetts.

Salem è stata denominata "la città delle streghe", dalla infausta caccia alle streghe del lontano 1692. Situata sulla costa a soli 25 km- 30 minuti - a nord di Boston, questa cittadina da gitare a piedi è raggiungibile in auto, treno, bus o barca.

La città ebbe massimo splendore durante l'epoca post-rivoluzionaria, nel 18simo secolo fino agli inizi del 19simo, grazie al suo porto ed ai cornmerci con l'Africa, le Indie Occidentali, la Russia, l'India, Sumatra e la Cina. In epoche più recenti, la città sì è conquistata il riconoscimento sia nazionale che internazionale per le incomparabili testimonianze artistiche, architettoniche e storiche per il periodo compreso tra il 1600 fino al 1800, che ne fanno un piccolo gioiello di storm americana.

Salem attira oggi oltre 1 millone di turisti che vi giungono, da ogni parte del globo. La cittadina dispone di un nuovissimo Centro Informazioni d'avanguardia, posto proprio in centro e gestito dal National Park Service. Inoltre beneficia di molteplici luoghi storici, musei, un ricco calendario di appuntamenti culturali, ottimi ristoranti e graziosi negozi per lo shopping. Non mancano svariate soluzioni per la sistemazione alberghiera, con hotels e storici "Inns" sulla costiera così come nei dintorni, per ogni tipo di "clientla". Salem e la città americana di mare stregata con un pò di storia ad ogni passo, "a little history in every step".

Un Pò di Storia Adogni Passo

lmmaginate Salem, una città dove i primi coloni cercano dal mare per il lore sostenamento. Una città dove igiorani imprenditori ritornano a casa con tesori d' arte da tutto il mondo per la maglie e fidanzate. Una città dove uomini donne e bambini innocenti, hanno subito accuse infamanti di stregoneria. Una città che il suo scrittore nativo Nathaniel Hawthorne rende poi famosa grazie as suoi romanzi. La storia degli Stati Uniti pulsa a Salem. Si inizia la visita partendo dal National Park Service Visitor Center, nel cuore di Salem, di fronte ad un comodo parcheggio auto. Qui si assiste ad una eccezionale prolezione multi-media che trasporta il visitatore nella storia e tradizione del luogo, negli angoli pittoreschi di _questa regione della Nuova Inghilterra. Poi il famoso Peabody Essex Musuem per scoprire i tesori dell'arte e dell'architettura qui esposti, la ricchezza storica e culturale approdata a Salem da tutto il mondo.

Visitare invece il Salem Witch Museum è come essere spettatori dei turbolent - processi alla stregoneria del 1692.. C'e chi sceglie un giro in trolley oppure una passeggiata a piedi lungo il percorso storico contrassegnato da una striscia rossa e che conduce fino alia Casa delle Sette Cuspidi, alla quale si è ispirato Hawthorne per il suo romanzo. Una sosta per il pranzo? Si può scegliere un ristorante o un "sandwich shop" di Salem, oppure si organizza un picnic in riva al mare, sul porto storico... e qui lasciandosi cullare dalle brezze oceaniche e dal verso dei gabbiani in aria, si rivivono le epoche dei grandi velieri di Salem, quando la cittadina era il porto più attivo e più rinomato d'America.

Si può fare una passeggiata sul Derby Wharf, le banchine sul mare e visitare la Custom House - la dogana ore lavorava da impiegato lo scrittore Hawthorne - ed i numerosi negozietti. Oppure semplicemente ammirare lo scenario d'atmosfera ed ascoltare il "sound" di Salem. Imbarazzo della scelta per altre attività? Si può intraprendere un'escursione in mare per avvistare le balene - whale watch - o visitare il Museo dei Pirati. Altrimenti: il Museo delle Cere dedicato alla stregoneria - Salem Wax Museum of Witches -. Sempre in tema di streghe: da non mancare il Witch Dungeon Museum e la Casa della Strega del 17simo secolo, la dove visse uno dei giudici del tribunale d'accusa. Altrimenti si può visitare la Salem del 1630 der primi coloni: il Pioneer Village ed il Parco Naturale - Forest River Park. Per rilassarsi: il Parco di Salem - il tipico "Common" della Nuova Inghilterra - oppure gitare lungo la Chestnut Street ove le case del periodo federale dei ricchi capitani, mercanti e aristocratici si allineano - perfettamente restaurate - come nel 1800.

Per cena: frutti di mare, pesce ed aragosta dell'Atlantico appena pescati. ' in p . Per chi invece non è mai stanco, dopo cena c'e musica e balli. Ma per finire la giornata dopo gite ed escursioni e per chi cerca un pò di intimitità, c'e una cena a lume di candela nell'albergo storico o di charme presso il quale si soggiorna. Insomma: lasciatevi trasportare nell incantesimo di un dolce sogno d'avventura in mare e di storia dell'umanità. Dopo, tutto siete a Salem, il porto stregato d'America con..."a little history in every step .

LA CACCIA ALLA STREGHE di SALEM nel 1692

Nel gennaio del 1692 la figlia e la nipote del Reverendo Samuel Parris del Villaggio di Salem, si ammalarono. Non migliorando il loro stato fu chiamato il dottore del villaggio, William Griggs. la sua diagnosi - stregoneria - fete attivare - quel meccanismo poi stociato nelle impiccagioni di diciannove uomini e donne. Inoltre un uomo fu condannato a morte, altri morirono in prigionia e la vita dei più cambiò irrimedialmente.

Per meglio comprendere questi eventi della Salem dei processi alla stregoneria ènecessano far riferimento all'epoca durante la quale si svolsero queste accuse ed i processi. Questi fatti erano abbastanza ordinari nella vita quotidiana del 1600 nella colonia del Massachusetts - la Bay Colony. Una forte credenza nel demonio, attriti tra le famiglie del Villaggio di Salem, nonchè rivalità con la vicina città di Salem, combinati con un'epidemia di vaiolo e la paura degli attacchi costanti da parte dei guerrieri indiani nativi, fomentarono una gran paura nonehè la superstizione. Ben presto le prigioni si riempirono di 150 uomini e donne delle comunità vicine a Salem; i loro nomi furono "gridati" dalle raggazzine invasate" e sofferenti per l'epidemia ed i dolori da essa procurati. Tutti - nella Nuova Inghilterra del 1600 - ritenevano che il crimine della stregoneria fosse da punire con la condanna a morte.

Nel giugno del 1692 la Corte speciale di Oyer e Terminer si stabilì a Salem per ascoltare le testimonianze dei casi di stregoneria. I1 presidente del Tribunale William Stoughton formò una corte di magistrati e giurati. Il primo ad essere processato fu il Bridget Bishop, giudicato colpevole e condannato all'impiccagione il 10 giugno. Tredici donne e cinque uomini di diverse classi sociali seguirono lo stesso destino nei tre giorni successivi, prima che il Governatore William Phiipps decidesse di sciogliere la Corte ad ottobre dello stesso anno. La corte suprema, formatasi per supplire quella creata per la stregoneraia, non accettò la prova dei poteri magici e degli spettri.

Intatti, la credenza che gli accusati usassero poteri magici o spettri per torturare le proprie vittime, determinò il destmo di coloro che furono condannati dalla Corte di Oyer e Terminer. La nuova corte invece, rilasciò gli accusati in attesa di giudizio e perdonò quelli in attesa di esecuzione della condanna. Con questo episodio terminarono i processi e le condanne a Salem.

Gli anni sono passati, sono state espresse richieste di perdono alle famiglie delle vittime. Gli storici ed i sociologi hanno esaminato questi complessi episodi della storia americana per capire meglio l'epoca e per comprenderne gli eventi maggiori. Notevoli comunque rimangono le similitudini tra gli eventi di Salem legati alle accuse di stregoneria a quelli più recenti del 1950, in epoca moderna, durante il "caccia alle streghe" di McCarthy.

Salem, Massachusetts: Amerika's Verhexter Hafen

Die Stadt Salem tragt seit den berüchtigten Hexenverbrennungen in 1692 den Spitznamen The Witch City "Hexenstadt". Salem liegt direkt an der Küste, nur ca. 26 km (ca. 30 Minuten) nördlich von Boston und ist bequem per Auto, Zug, Bus oder Schiff erreichbar.

Die Stadt gelangte während der Blütezeit des Handels mit Afrika, den Westindischen Inseln, Rußland, Indien, Sumatra und China im 18. und frühen 19. Jahrhundert als großer Seehafen zu Ruhm und Reichtum. Erst kürzlich wurde Salem wegen seiner geschichtlichen bedeutenden Rolle, und der unvergleichlichen Architekturschätze aus dem 17. bis zum 19. Jahrhundert, als anerkanntes American Historic Treasure gewürdigt.

Salem zieht alljährlich mehr als eine Million internationale Besucher an und hat eines der neuesten Besucherzentren der Region, das vom National Park Service betrieben wird. Die Stadt erfreut sich einer der höchsten Konzentrationen historischer Sehenswürdigkeiten, Museen, Kulturaktivitäten und bietet exzellente Restaurants sowie gute Einkaufsmöglichkeiten an. Hotels und historische Inns mit Übernachtungsmöglichkeiten für jedes Budget findet man überall entlang der Küste und im Inland. Salem bezeichnet sich selbst als America's Bewitching Seaport, Amerika's verhexter Hafen mit ein bißchen Geschichte auf jeden Schritt.

Geschichte auf Schritt und Tritt

Stellen Sie sich Salem vor als: Eine Stadt, in der die ersten Siedler von Fischfang und Seefahrt lebten. Eine Stadt, welche durch den Handel mit fernen Nationen, an Kunstschätze aus aller Welt gelangten ist. Eine Stadt, in der unschuldige Männer, Frauen und Kinder unter der Hexenverfolgung zu leiden hatten. Eine Stadt, die durch den Autor Nathanial Hawthorne Weltruf erlangte. Die Geschichte Amerikas lebt in Salem fort. Beginnen Sie Ihren Besuch am National Park Service Visitor Center direkt im Zentrum von Salem, gegenüber dem öffentlichen Parkplatz, mit einer Multimedia-Presentation über die Geschichte der Stadt und die Schönheiten der Region. Gleich um die Ecke ist das Peabody Essex Museum, das sich der Seefahrertradition, Kunst und Kultur aus aller Welt widmet. Oder besuchen Sie das berühmte Salem Witch Museum (Hexenmuseum) und wohnen Sie einem turbulenten Hexenprozeß von 1692 bei.

Von dort können Sie Ihre Stadtbesichtigung entweder mit einem Salem Trolley oder zu Fuß entlang des, mit einer roten Linie gekennzeichneten, Heritage Trail zum House of The Seven Gables fortfuhren. Im Haus der Sieben Giebel hat Nathanial Hawthorne nicht nur lange Jahre gelebt, es war ihm auch Inspiration für sein gleichnamiges Buch. Wenn Sie sich in der Mittagszeit eine kleine Pause gönnen wollen, können Sie sich in einem der guten Restaurants der Stadt stärken oder ein leckeres Sandwich mit frischem Hummer am Hafen genieBen. Bei leichter Meeresbrise und Möwengeschrei kann man sich die alten Zeiten gut vorstellen, als majestätische Segelschiffe hier ein- und ausführen und Salem einer der aktivsten und namhaftesten Hafen Amerikas war. Bei einem Spaziergang entlang der historischen Derby Wharf passieren Sie das historische Zollhaus, Hübsche Geschäfte laden zum Bummeln ein und der Blick auf den Salem Sound ist atemberaubend.

Am Nachmittag haben Sie dann die Qual der Wahl, was Sie als nächstes unternehmen wollen (und was Sie sich für den nächsten Tag aufheben). Wie wäre es mit einer Walbeobachtungstour oder einem weiterem Museumsbesuch - z.B. im New England Pirate Museum oder im Salem Wax Museum of Witches and Seafarers? Sic könnten auch mit dem Shuttlebus zum Salem 1630 Pioneer Village, einem lebendigen Museumsdorf, am Forest River Park fahren. Oder aber die gespenstischen Tiefen des Witch Dungeon Museum (Hexenkerker) erkunden und das Witch House besuchen, wo ein Richter lebte, der in den Hexenprozessen im 17. Jahrhundert urteilte. Sp&aulm;ter können Sie sich ausruhen oder einen Spaziergang durch die typisch neuenglische Stadt, inklusive Dorfplatz, machen und die. historische Chestnut Street hinuntergehen. Hier können Sie die majestätischen Herrenhäuser einstiger Kapitane und Aristokraten bewundern, die von Glanz und Reichtum der 19. Jahrhunderts zeugen.

Einen perfekten Abschluß für einen gelungenen Urlaubstag in Salem bieten die ausgezeichneten Restaurante, deren Spezialitatfangfrische, atlantisthe Meeresfrüchte sind, die aber auch andere unwiderstehliche Spezialitäten für jeden Geschmack bieten.

Wer jetzt noch nicht müde ist, kann das Naehtleben auskosten - Musik, Tanz, romantische Dinners. Ansonsten kann man sich in eines der gemütlich- charmanten Hotels und historischen Inns der Stadt zurükziehen und auf die Erlebnisse der kommende Tage einstimmen. Sicher träumen Sie von allerlei aufregenden Abenteuern der Seefahrer oder der Zeit des Hexenwahns, denn schließlich befinden Sic sich ja in Salem, America's Bewitching Seaport.

Die Hexenprozesse yon 1692 in Salem

Im Januar 1692 wurden die Tochter und die Nichte von Reverend Samuel Parris aus Salem Village krank. Der Dorfarzt, William Griggs, wurde gerufen, weil sich ihr Zustand nicht besserte. Es war seine Diagnose, da&zlig; die beiden verhext seien, Diese Diagnose schlie&zlig;lich zum Tod von 19 Männern und Frauen hatte geführt, die der Hexerei bezichtigt wurden. Außerdem wurde ein Mann zu Tode gequetscht, weltere Angeklagte starben im Gefängnis und das Leben vieler Menschen in Salem änderte sich unwiderbringlich.

Um zu verstehen, was sich während der Salem Witch Trials zugetragen hat, muß man die Zeit berücksichtigen, in der die Hexenmanie auftrat. Das Leben in der Massachusetts Bay Colony im 17. Jahrhundert war nicht leicht. Ein stärker Glaube an den Teufel, Unstimmigkeiten zwischen Familien aus dem Salem Village und Rivalitäten mit der nahegelegenen Salem Town, eine kurz vorher aufgetretene Pocken-Epidemie und die Angst vor den Angriffen kriegerischer Indianerstämme schufen einen fruchtbaren Boden für Angst und Aberglauben. Es dauerte nicht lange, da waxen die Gefängnisse voll mit mehr als 150 Männern und Frauen aus dem Umkreis von Salem -sie wurden von jungen Mädchen beschuldigt, an ihren Schmerzen Schuld zu sein. Alle Inhaftierten sahen der Todesstrafe entgegen - wegen Hexerei.

Im Juni 1692 tagte ein Sondergericht, der Court of Oyer and Terminer, zwecks Anhörung der Fälle yon Hexerei in Salem. Unter der Leitung des obersten Richters William Stoughton bestand das Gericht aus Schiedsmännern und Geschworenen. Die erste Verhandlung gait Bridget Bishop aus Salem, der fur schuldig befunden und am 10. Juni gehängt wurde. 13 Frauen und 5 Männer folgten ihm an drei aufeinanderfolgenden Tagen an den Galgen, bevor das Gericht von Governor William Phipps im Oktober desselben Jahres aufgelöst wurde. Der zwecks Ersetzung des Hexengerichts gebildete Superior Court of Judicature lies keinen Geisterglauben als Beweis mehr zu. Denn eben dieser Glaube an die Kraft der Beschuldigten, ihre Opfer durch Hexerei quälen zu können, hatte das Schicksal derer besiegelt, die vom vorherigen Gericht vernrteilt worden waren. Das neue Gericht lies alle noch Inhaftierten frei und begnädigte diejenigen, die auf die Vollstreckung des Urteils warteten. Damit waren die Salem Witch Trials vorbei.

Im Laufe der folgenden Jahre wurden Entschuldigungen gemacht, den Familien der Opfer kamen Entschädigungen zu, Historiker und Soziologen haben diese sehr komplexe geschichtliche Episode untersucht, um die extremen Vorkommnisse jener Zeit besser verstehen zu können. Und es finden sich Parallelen zur Hexenmanie im Salem des späten 17. Jahrhunderts auch in jüngerer Vergangenheit - z.B. in der McCarthy-Aera in den 50er Jahren.

Salem, Massachusetts: Portrait d'une ville ensorcelante

Salem a été surnommée « The Witch City » ( ville des sorcières ) à la suite des célèbres « Salem Witch Trials » ( procès des sorcières ) qui s'y sont déroulés en 1692. Située sur la côte, à environ une vingtaine de kilomètres au nord de Boston, cette ville de nombreuses rues piétonnes est accessible par la route, le train, en bus ou en bateau.

C'est durant la période post-révolutionaire, à l'apogée des échanges commerciaux avec l'Afrique, les Antilles, la Russie, l'Inde, Sumatra et la Chine, aux XVIIIème et XIXème siècles, que la ville de Salem est devenue un port riche et important.

Aujourd'hui, la place qu'occupe cette ville dans l'histoire ainsi que son incomparable architecture des XVIIème, XVIIIème et XIXème siècles, ont contribué à faire de son patrimoine un lieu de renommée internationale.

Chaque année Salem attire plus d'un million de touristes en provenance des quatre coins du monde et est fière de posséder un des plus nouveaux « Visitor Centers » ( centres d'accueil des visiteurs ) dans toute la région, exploité par le « National Park Service ». La ville jouit d'une concentration particulièrement exceptionnelle de sites historiques, musées, activités culturelles, restaurants et boutiques. De nombreux hôtels et auberges parsèment également la côte et l'arrière-pays, offrant des hébergements de toute catégorie. Effectivement, Salem est le port de mer ensorcelant de l'Amérique où on vit l'histoire à chaque pas.

Un voyage à travers l'histoire

Parcourir Salem, c'est découvrir une ville marquée par son passé. Une ville où les premiers colons vivaient des richesses de la mer et où de jeunes capitaines aventuriers rapportaient à leurs femmes et enfants des trésors du monde entier. Une ville aux jours sombres aussi, où la peur et la superstition ont condamné d'innocentes personnes à subir les infames conséquences des accusations de sorcellerie. Mais une ville rendue célèbre également grâce à l'écrivain Nathaniel Hawthorne.

L'histoire même de l'Amérique est vivante à Salem. Commencez votre parcours par le « Visitor Center », situé au centre de Salem face au parking public. Vous pourrez y assister à une présentation multimédia de l'héritage historique de la Nouvelle Angleterre et sa région pittoresque.

Poursuivez ensuite par la découverte du « Peabody Essex Museum » qui se trouve à proximité. Le patrimoine historique et culturel du pays y est representé à travers une collection de trésors venus des contrées lointaines.

Une visite du « Salem Witch Museum  » ( musée des sorcières ) vous fera revivre la turbulence des « Salem Witch Trials » de 1692 à travers la reconstitution de cette époque tragique.

Prenez le Trolleybus pour un tour de la ville qui vous promenera à travers son histoire, ou bien suivez le trait rouge du « Heritage Trail » ( piste de l'héritage), jusqu'au « House of the Seven Gables » ( Maison aux Sept Pignons ), celle qui inspira Nathaniel Hawthorne, l'auteur du roman du même nom.

Une petite fringale ? Laissez-vous vous gâter dans un des restaurants et cafés dont Salem abonde, ou découvrez le vieux port pour un pique-nique en plein air au bord de la mer. La brise océane à votre dos et des cris des mouettes tournoyantes aux oreilles, il est facile de revivre le temps majestueux où la voile règnait sur les vagues, où Salem était l'un des ports de mer les plus respectés et actifs de toute l'Amérique ! Descendez tranquillement l'historique « Derby Wharf » ( quai Derby ) et visitez le renommé poste de douanes de Hawthorne. Flânez dans les BOUTIQUES d'artisanat et de souvenirs, ou tout aussi bien profitez simplement du spectacle inspirant de « Salem Sound » ( détroit de Salem ).

Tout rafraîchi et prêt pour un après-midi chargé, vous essayez de choisir que faire toute de suite, que garder en réserve pour demain : les excursions et les activités sont aussi nombreuses et variées à Salem. À vous de choisir entre l'observation des baleines en plein océan ou la visite du « New England Pirate Museum » ( museé des pirates ). Frayez avec les gens reconnus ( et infâmes ) au « Salem Wax Museum of Witches and Seafarers » ( musé de cire des sorcières et marins ). Montez la ballade pour un voyage dans le Salem des pêcheurs puritains de 1630, au « Pioneer Village », situé à « Forest River Park ». Explorez les profondeurs du « Witch Dungeon Museum » ( musée du cachot de sorcières ) ou encore visitez le « Witch House » ( maison des sorcières ), où vécut l'un des juges des fameux procès de 1692.

Laissez-vous guider par le plaisir d'une promenade autour du terrain communal classique de Salem ou d'un voyage dans le temps en descendant « Chestnut Street ». Admirez les superbes MANOIRS, les maisons de style fédéraliste de capitaines et d'aristocrates qui ornent les rues exactement comme au XIXième siècle.

Pour terminer votre journée sur une note savoureuse, succombez à la tentation d'un plat de crustacés fraîchement pêchés de l'Atlantique, ou bien par la variété des spécialités qui satisferont, le temps d'un dîner, le palais des plus gourmands. Les moins fatigués peuvent achever leur soirée par un spectacle ou un tour en discothèque, tandis que les plus sages se reposeront à loisir dans l'une des auberges historiques de Salem, là où flotte encore l'atmosphère de charme et de richesse propre à la tradition d'antan.

Après une journée si riche d'aventures et d'histoires trépidantes, vous rêverez encore longtemps à ce port de mer pittoresque et enchanteur. C'est Salem qui vous aura ensorcelé !

Les Procès des Sorcières de 1692

En janvier 1692, la soeur et la nièce du Révérend Samuel Parris de « Salem Village » tombèrent malades. Leur état ne s'améliorant pas, le médecin du village, William Griggs, fut appelé. Celui-ci diagnostiqua un ensorcellement, provoquant par la suite les craintes et rumeurs qui conduisirent à la pendaison de dix-neuf hommes et femmes. Un homme fut également écrasé sous des pierres jusqu'à la mort s'en suive, plusieurs autres moururent en prison et beaucoup virent leur vie marquée à jamais.

Afin de comprendre les évenements des « Salem Witch Trials », il est necessaire de remonter à la période où ces accusations de sorcellerie furent portées. Il existait dans la « Massachusetts Bay Colony » ( colonie de la Baie de Massachusetts ) des tensions courantes, propres à la vie du XVIIème siècle. Ensuite, une forte croyance dans le démon, des dissensions parmi les familles de « Salem Village », une rivalité avec « Salem Towne » à côté, combinée à une récente épidémie de petite vérole et encore la ménace d'une attaque de tribus d'autochtones déjà en état de guerre plus ou moins constant ont créé un climat propice à la peur et a la suspicion. Très vite, les prisons furent remplies par plus de 150 hommes et femmes des villes environnantes de Salem ; en effet, de jeunes filles tourmentées s'étaient écriées de leurs noms comme responsables de leur angoisse. Ils attendaient tous alors passer en justice pour un crime passible de peine de mort dans la Nouvelle Angleterre du XVIIème siècle : la pratique de la sorcellerie.

En juin 1692, le « Court of Oyer and Terminer » ( écouter et décider ) spécial s'est réunie à Salem pour entendre les fameux cas de sorcellerie. Présidé par le « Chief Justice » ( chef de la justice ), William Stoughton, la cour était constituée de magistrats et de jurés. La première jugée fut Bridget Bishop, de Salem, qui a été déclarée coupable et pendue le 10 juin. Treize femmes et cinq hommes de toutes conditions l'ont suivie à la potence sur trois jours successifs de pendaisons, avant que la cour ne soit dispersée par le Gouverneur William Phipps en octobre de la même année. « The Superior Court of Judicature » (cour supérieure de justice ), formée pour remplacer la « cour des sorcières », rejeta la thèse de preuve spectrale. Cette croyance dans le pouvoir des accusés d'utiliser des formes invisibles ou des spectres pour torturer leur victimes avait pourtant scellé le sort de ceux qui avaient été jugés par le « Court of Oyer and Terminer ». La nouvelle cour relaxa donc ceux qui attendaient passer en justice et pardonna ceux déjà condamnés. Enfin, les « Salem Witch Trials » y prirent fin.

Au fil des ans subséquents, des excuses, ainsi que des restitutions, furent offertes aux familles des victimes. Des historiens autant que des sociologues ont examiné cet épisode, parmi les plus complexes de notre histoire, pourque nous puissions apprécier les enjeux de l'époque afin de rehausser notre compréhension de certains évenements ultérieurs. La comparaison entre les « Salem Witch Trials » et d'autres exemples plus récents de « chasses aux sorcières », comme le McCarthyisme des an comme le McCarthyisme des années 50, est remarquable.

Salem Massachusetts: Perfil De La Ciudad

La ciudad de Salem, tambien llamada « Ciudad de las Brujas » (Witch City) a causa de los infamantes juicios que tuvieron lugar en los años 1692, está situada en la costa atlántica de los E.U., a 25 Km del norte de Boston (unos treinta minutos en automóvil), facilmente accesible por autobús, trén ò por mar.

La ciudad debe su crecimiento a su estratégico puerto, durante el apogéo del tráfico comercial con Africa, India, Rusia, Sumatra y China en él Siglo XVIII y comienzos del XIX. Recientemente, y debido a su historia, su rica arquitectura (de la misma época) reconocida ya local é internacionalmente, se le reconoció tambien como Patrimonio histórico nacional.

Salem recibe más de un millon de visitantes al año, que provienen de todo el mundo. Esta « ciudad de paseo » concentra una gran parte de los lugares históricos del Estado de Massachusetts, además de museos, actividades culturales, restaurantes finos y comercios selectos. Sus hoteles y hospedajes históricos, tanto a lo largo de la costa que al interior, se acomodan a todas las bolsas. Salem es el « puerto embrujado » de América, con historia a cada paso.

LA HISTORIA PASO A PASO.

!Imáginense a Salem ! Una ciudad donde los primeros colonos dependían del mar para subsistir. Desde el principio, sus aventureros marinos trajeron a sus hogares, objetos de arte de todo el mundo. Esta ciudad, mundialmente conocida gracias al escritor Nathaniel Hawthorne por sus relatos sobre los actos de brujería donde fueron acusados, injustamente, hombres, mujeres y niños.

La história está todavía viva en Salem. Empiece su visíta por la nueva oficína de información regional del Servicio Nacional de Parques (National Park Service), convenientemente situada en el centro de la ciúdad, en frente del garage público. Vea una representación multimédia de introdución a la história de Nueva Inglaterra y su pintoresca región. Cerca del « Visitor Center » (oficina de información) se encuentra el reconocido muséo Peabody Essex (Peabody Essex Museum), donde descubrirá la história, la arquitectura, las artes, así que diversas obras y objetos de todo él mundo... Ó visite, tambien, él muséo de la Brujas (Salem Witch Museum) para revivir los turbulentos juicios por brujería de 1692.

Despues súbase al trolebús (Salem Trolley) ó camine a lo largo del sendero histórico (Heritage Trail) marcado por una línea roja, hasta la Casa de los siete tejadillos (The House of the Seven Gables) donde se inspiró Hawthorne en la novela del mismo título.

?Tiene hambre ? Coma en uno de los diferentes restaurantes ó comedores de cocina ràpida, ó si lo prefiere puede caminar hasta el puerto y merendar a la orilla del mar, con la brisa del Océano y los gritos de las gaviotas. Reviva aquellos días donde las majestuosas embarcaciones de su puerto surcaban los mares y Salem era el puerto más activo é importante del pais. Visite la Aduana (Custom House) que Hawthorne hizo famosa y camíne por el « Derby Wharf » (muelle) disfrutando de la magnífica vista de « Salem Sound » (cala) ò simplemente vaya de compras a las pintorescas tiendas del lúgar.

!No tendrá tíempo de aburrirse en Salem ! Desde la vista de las ballenas hasta la visíta del Muséo de los Piratas (New England Pirats Museum), pasando por el Muséo de cera de las brujas y marinos (Salem Wax Museum or Witches and Seafarers) ó el viaje rápido a « Salem 1630 : Pioneer Village » (Ciudad pionera) en el Parque de la Rivera (The Forest River Park) ó la exploración de los fondos de la mazmorra de las brujas (Witchouse) donde vivió uno de los jueces que ofició en los juicios de brujería, en el Siglo XVII.

Más tarde, tómese un recorrido en autobús ( ó bien camíne) visitando lo que fué una clásica ciudad de Nueva Inglaterra. Paséese a lo largo de la histórica calle Chesnut donde se encuentran las elegantes mansiones de estílo Federal, de los capitanes y hombres de negocios, arquitectura perfectamente conservada con el esplendor del Siglo XIX.

Termíne du día en uno de sus reconocidos restaurantes, donde las especialidades van de los frescos productos del mar, maríscos y pescados, hasta una variada cocina capaz de satisfacer todos los gustos. Después de una cena romántica, los placeres de la vida nocturna : ir a bailar ó a escuchar un buen concierto.

Al fin de tanta acrividad y de nuevos planes para el día siguiente, éste és el momento de pensar en el descanso en uno de nuestros hoteles ó una de nuestras posadas históricas para poder soñar con aventuras de colores por mar y por tierra.

Todo esto es Salem : Puerto embrujado de América con la História a cada paso.

LOS JUICIOS POR BRUJERIA DE 1692.

En el més de Enero de 1692, la hija y la nieta del Reverendo Samuel Parris, del pueblo de Salem, enfermaron. Dado que su condición no mejoraba se llamó al médico del pueblo, William Griggs, que diagnosticó un caso de brujería. Así se iniciò un drama que acabò con el ahorcamiento de diecinueve hombres y mujeres, ademàs de un hombre muerto apedreado y otros que murieron en prision, sin contar aquellos que vieron sus vidas irrevocablemente cambiadas.

Para comprender los hechos que condujeron a éstos juicios por brujería es necesario analizar la época donde sucedieron. Existian las presiones debidas a la vida y a las idéas propias al Siglo XVII, en la colónia de la Bahia de Massachusetts, una fuerte créencia en el Diablo, el enfrentamiento entre famílias y la rivalidad entre el pueblo de Salem y la localidad del mismo nombre. Combinado todo esto a una reciente epidémia de viruela a al ataque frecuente de las tribus ameríndias en guerra contra los colonos, crearon un terreno propicio al miedo y a la sospecha. Pronto, las cárceles, se llenaron con más de ciento cincuenta hombres y mujeres, provenientes de los pueblos vevinos, cuyos nombres fueron pronunciados por las atormentadas jóvenes, como la causa de su mal. Todos fueron encausados por practica de brujería, crímen que en la Nueva Inglaterra del Siglo XVII, se castigaba con la muerte.

En el més de Junio de 1692 se reunió el Tribunal especial de Auditoría y Casación en Salem, para juzgar los casos de brujería. Presidido por el Juez William Stoughton, éste Tribunal estaba formado por los magistrados y un jurado. La priméra persona procesada fué Bridget Bishop, de Salem, declarada culpable y ahorcada el 10 de Junio. Treze mujeres y cinco hombres, de todas las edades, lo siguieron en très otros ahorcamientos sucesivos, hasta que éste tribunal fué disuelto por el Gobernador Williams Pipps, en Octobre de ese mismo año. El Tribunal Supremo (Superior Court of Judicature) que se formó para reemplazar el Tribunal Especial, no permitió la evidencia espectral como prueba. Esta creencia que hacía que los acusados tenían poder para cambiar de forma o de aspecto para atormentar a sus victimas, había sellado el destino de aquellos yá procesados por el Tribunal especial. El Tribunal Supremo liberó aquellos que esperaban ser juzgados y perdonó los que debían ser ejecutados. Así se acabaron los juicios por brujería en Salem.

Con el paso de los años, se ofrecieron disculpas y se indemnizó a las famílias que fueron victimas. Historiadores y sociólogos analizaron este complejo episodio de la historia deE.U. para que podamos comprender los problemas de esa época, y mejor cernir los hechos posteriores con mayor claridad. Es remarcable el paralelísmo entre los juicios por brujería de Salem, y la caza de brujas moderna del Senador McCarthy, en los años 1950.

The Great Salem Fire of 1914

On June 25, 1914 a devastating fire ignited on Boston Street in Blubber Hollow, the leather-manufacturing district of Salem. Over the course of two days, this massive fire destroyed 1,376 buildings and left 18,000 people, almost half of Salem’s population, homeless and many without jobs.  

Great Salem Fire Map

The City of Salem will commemorate the centennial of the Great Salem Fire in June of 2014.  Click here for a listing of all Commemoration events, which will include:

June 20-21: The Great Salem Fire Symposium at Salem State University Learn more

Sunday, June 22:  Antique Fire Apparatus Display
A free display of antique fire apparatus will take place on Derby Wharf throughout the afternoon. In addition to equipment from the period of the Great Fire, the City will also welcome the return of “Seaside 2,” an Amoskeag Steamer built in 1902 that was last in Salem in 1914 to fight the fire. Other antique fire trucks and equipment from the Massachusetts Antique Fire Apparatus Association and a number of private collectors will also be on display.  Noon – 4:00 p.m. Derby Wharf Learn More

Boston Fire Department’s Engine 39 Company’s steamer and hose wagon being loaded into rail cars at Boston’s North Station on the afternoon of June 25, 1914, to be sent to Salem to fight the great fire that devastated the city. (Photo courtesy of Boston Public Library)

Wednesday, June 25: Moment of Silence at 1:37 p.m.
Mayor Driscoll will offer a welcome from the City before a moment of silence will be observed at 1:37 p.m. to mark the time the conflagration began exactly one hundred years prior in the same location. 1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Boston & Bridge Street

Wednesday, June 25: Centennial Ceremony
The official centennial ceremony will commence with a Fire Department Honor Guard. A speaking program will follow including Mayor Driscoll, Salem Fire Department Chief David Cody, Sara Peller – CEO of the American Red Cross of Massachusetts, Steve Coan – Massachusetts State Fire Marshal, and Lt. Colonel Tom Stewart of the Massachusetts National Guard. During the ceremony recognitions will be presented to the Boston Fire Commissioner and the Chiefs of the Fire Departments of Beverly, Everett, Gloucester, Lawrence, Lynn, Manchester, Marblehead, Newburyport, Peabody, Reading, Somerville, Swampscott, and Wakefield, all of which responded to the call to come to Salem’s aid during the fire. The ceremony will also include an unveiling and rededication of a memorial plaque first gifted to the City in 1915 on the one-year anniversary of the fire. 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Lafayette Park

Conflagration as Seen from Gallows Hill, Salem, Mass.

 

Photo postcard of the ruins of St. Joseph's Church after the Great Salem Fire. The photographer was Leland Tilford.

Click here for a printable fact sheet about the Great Salem Fire.

Salem State University has books, pamphlets, and documents on their web site. Click here to review the collection. 

The refurbished Great Salem Fire Commemoration plaque, before and after.

Online Visitor's Guide

Parking in Salem

The City of Salem has recently launched a new parking program. If you have visited Salem before, it is likely you will find new meters or time regulations in the lots and spots you have used in the past.  Some parking fees have increased, and some parking fees have decreased.  New "smart meters" have been installed in heavily utilized areas, giving visitors the option to pay with cash or credit card.  If you are planning your first visit to Salem, we are happy to tell you that all of Salem's downtown attractions are within a 10-15 minute walk from any parking area, so we hope you will park your car in a lot or garage for the duration of your visit and take advantage of our walkable streets and the Salem Trolley to explore Salem.

You can find comprehensive information on the new parking plan at ParkinginSalem.com

Electric Car Charging Stations

The City has eight electric vehicle charging stations in the Museum Place and South Harbor Garages. These ChargePoint Network Coulomb Technologies Charging Stations are dual output units which allow for electric vehicles to plug-in via a standard SAEJ J1772 connector and fixed 18-foot cable, fully charging a vehicle in 4-6 hours. Each garage has four charging stations providing access for up to eight parking spots of electric vehicle parking.  The City of Salem will provide this power free of charge, with cost of parking, for two years (until 2015).

Parking Options

Museum Place Garage:  We recommend setting your GPS for the Museum Place Garage at 1 New Liberty Street, Salem, MA 01970.  The garage costs $.75/hour (cash only) paid upon exit.  The best part about the garage? You are right across the street from the Salem Regional Visitor Center - the perfect place to start your visit to Salem!  

Church Street Lot: With smart meters and no time restrictions, the Church Street lot is another good option. You do need to pay at a multi-space meter before leaving your car, though, so make sure you pay for as many hours as you will need.  Cost is $1.00 per hour and the multi-space meters accept credit cards and cash. 

South Harbor Garage:  If you are going to be exploring the waterfront, Pickering Wharf, and Derby Street, you may want to park in the South Harbor Garage, 10 Congress Street, Salem, MA 01970.  The South Harbor Garage costs just $.25 per hour (cash only), which is paid upon exit. 

The Salem Fast Ferry: If you are going to ride the Salem Ferry into Boston, you will find ample free parking in the lot at 10 Blaney Street, Salem, MA, 01970. 

The MBTA Commuter Rail: Please note, the MBTA Commuter Rail Station parking lot is closed for construction until October 1, 2014.  For more informatoin on this project, please visit mbta.com or buildingsalem.com.  While the MBTA lot is closed, we recommend using the Church Street Lot or Museum Place Garage. 

There are several other lots and ample on-street parking in Salem.  Visit ParkinginSalem.com for more options, pricing and time limits.

Salem MA Parking Map

Parking Tickets:  We hope you do not get a parking ticket while visiting Salem, but if you do, the $25.00 fine can be paid online hereClick here for additional information on parking tickets.

Media Kit

About Salem

Salem, Massachusetts, is a destination recognized around the world for its rich history, which includes the tragic Salem Witch Trials of 1692, the glorious maritime era that left its indelible mark on Salem through architecture, museums, and artifacts, and for its month-long celebration of Halloween. Today more than one million people visit Salem annually, generating more than $100 million in tourism spending.

About Salem Haunted Happenings

A month-long celebration of Halloween and fall in New England, more than 250,000 people travel from around the world to visit Salem during October. Celebrating its 33rd year, the festival features scores of events and special programming, which complement the attractions, museums and tours that are in Salem throughout the year. For complete information on Haunted Happenings, visit HauntedHappenings.org

About Destination Salem

As the destination marketing organization for the City of Salem, Destination Salem cooperatively markets Salem as one of Massachusetts' best destinations for families, couples, domestic, and international travelers who are seeking an authentic New England experience, cultural enrichment, American history, fine dining, unique shopping and fun. For more information, explore Salem.org.

Press Contact: Kate Fox, Executive Director, kfox@salem.org or call 978.741.3252.

Mailing address: P.O. Box 630, Salem MA 01970


Press Releases

Destination Salem Releases 2015 Guide; Provides tourism industry update at Annual Meeting. Released: February 23, 2015

Haunted Happenings Calendar Listings, Release: April 4, 2014

What's New in Salem in 2014, Released: March 25, 2014

2014 Festivals and Special Events in Salem, MA, Released: March 3, 2014

2014 Salem Guide Celebrates the Spice Trade, Released: February 25, 2014

 


Salem in the News

Norwich Magazine: Salem, Massachusetts, September 2014

AAA Horizons: Explore Salem's past, embrace its present, August 2014

The Providence Journal: Witches aside, Salem was a seafaring trade center, July 6, 2014

Passport Magazine: Boston and Beyond / Salem Casts a Spell on Travelers, June 2014

Schwäbische Zeitun,Germany, Auf Erkundungstour in Salem U.S., May 7, 2014

Sunday Business Post, Ireland, Salem's Sweet and Savoury Spell, November 24, 2013 

WWLP-TV Mass Appeal, Check out all of the Halloween fun you can have in Salem!, October 31, 2013

Vanity Fair (Italy), Il Paese delle Streghe, October 29, 2013

Urban Expressions (Montreal), Visit Salem, Massachcusetts, October 23, 2013

The Metropolitain (Quebec), Salem: Museums, Culinary Trails and... Witches, October 16, 2013

Mrs. Robinson, Halloween in Salem: The ultimate trip for Halloween lovers, October 21, 2013

Group Tour Magazine, Witchcraft couples with maritime heritage on Massachusetts’ North Shore, July 29, 2013

Postants (Taiwan), Stories on: The House of the Seven Gables, Pepper Candy Company, Salem Witch Museum; Peabody Essex Museum; Salem Waterfront Hotel & Marina, Capt's, Victoria Station, March 24, 2013

Fox-CT, Daytrippers: Quirky Stops in Salem , January 2, 2013

The Independent (UK), One Step Beyond Boston: Salem, October 2012


Photo Galleries

High resolution images and B-roll are available on request.  Please email Kate Fox for Dropbox links.

About Destination Salem

The Office of Tourism & Cultural Affairs for Salem, Massachusetts

As the official destination marketing organization for the City of Salem, Destination Salem cooperatively markets Salem as one of Massachusetts’ best destinations for families, couples, domestic, and international travelers who are seeking an authentic New England experience, cultural enrichment, American history, fine dining, unique shopping and fun.

The organization is a non-profit, public-private partnership funded by both the City of Salem and the businesses that invest in advertising in the annual Salem City Guide & Map and the annual Guide to Haunted Happenings.

 

Contact Us

Destination Salem
Shipping: 81 Washington Street, Suite 204
Mailing: PO Box 630
Salem, Massachusetts 01970
877 SALEM MA (725-3662) Toll Free | (978) 744-3663 Telephone
(978) 741-7539 Fax
info@salem.org

Mission

Destination Salem cooperatively markets, promotes, and manages tourism in Salem.  The organization advocates the kind of tourism which improves the quality of life for Salem residents and provides the greatest economic benefits to Salem's tax payers.  Destination Salem strives to take a leadership position in the development and promotion of high-end, year-round tourism.

Marketing

Destination Salem's marketing initiatives focus on the following markets: Leisure Travelers, Regional Visitors, Group Tour, LGBT Visitors, International Travelers, and Cruise Passengers.  The organization strategically  places destination advertising and organizes cooperative advertising to reach audiences in these markets. 

Click here for Destination Salem's 2015 Program Summary.  Visit Salem.org/Media for recent media coverage and press releases.

Profile Sheets

2015 Salem Group Tour Profile

2015 Haunted Happenings Profile

2014 Salem Cruise Profile

2014 International Profile

Insertion Order Forms

Salem Calendar Information

Downtown Street Banner Program

2015 Salem Haunted Happenings Guide Insertion

 

Staff

Kate Fox, Executive Director
Stacia Cooper, Sales Manager
Nicole Dembkoski, Administrative Assistant

  

2015 Board of Directors

President
Thomas MacDonald, Hawthorne Hotel

Vice President
Karen Scalia, Salem Food Tours

Second Vice President
Jim Hurrell, B&H Enterprises

Treasurer
Susan Lippman, Essex National Heritage Commission

Clerk
Betty Bouchard, The Depot Group

Members at Large

Julie Arrison, Historic New England, Phillips House Museum  
Pamela Captain, Bewitched After Dark Walking Tours
Claudia Chuber, Peabody Essex Museum
Anthony DePietro, Salem Resident
Steve Feldman, Gulu Gulu Café & Flying Saucer Pizza Company
Tina Jordan, Salem Witch Museum
Vini Kurti, Adriatic Restaurant  
Kara McLaughlin, The House of the Seven Gables
Denise Snape, Far from the Tree Cider

Ex Officio
Kim Driscoll, Mayor, City of Salem
Bill Legault, Salem City Council
Rinus Oosthoek, Executive Director, Salem Chamber of Commerce

 

2015 Salem Guide

Click here for the 2015 Salem Guide Insertion Order and advertising specifications.

View the 2015 Salem Guide here.

 

2014 Haunted Happenings

Learn more about advertising in the Official Event Guide & Calendar for Salem Haunted Happenings here.  Review and print the advertising payment plan contract here.

View the 2014 Guide to Salem Haunted Happenings here.

Salem Film Office

Salem welcomes film productions of all sizes and scopes.  An historic city, we have a diversity of neighborhoods, including waterfront, lighthouses, many styles of architecture, parks, and business fronts.

Scouting

Salem has a wide variety of locations to choose from for your production, ranging from stately Federal architecture to gritty triple-deckers. Salem's active waterfront, industrial spaces, parks, and cityscapes can be explored independently or with a representative from the City of Salem or Destination Salem.

Contact us to brainstorm your next production and how Salem could be a perfect fit.

Permitting

We are happy to work with film crews on an individual basis to ensure all of your needs are met, including:

  • Parking for crew and talent
  • Police details in the event traffic needs to be interrupted
  • Day and night shoot logistics

 

Iconic Locations

  • Distinctive Exteriors:
    • Hawthorne Hotel,
    • The House of the Seven Gables,
    • Salem Witch Museum,
    • Witch Dungeon Museum,
    • Witch House
  • Architectural diversity from First Period (17th-century) to contemporary
  • Fishing pier
  • Forest River Park / Wooded Area / Two small beaches / Baseball diamond
  • Lighthouses: Derby Light, Pickering Light
  • Pickering Wharf shopping area / waterfront boardwalk
  • Salem Common park / playground / gazebo
  • Salem Willows small amusement park / Arcade
  • Several small beaches (sand and rock)
  • Shetland Park (former Pequot Cotton Mills) industrial park

Contact:

  • Ellen Talkowsky, Manager of Special Projects
    City of Salem
    (978) 619-5676 | etalkowsky@salem.com
  • Kate Fox, Executive Director
    Destination Salem, The Office of Tourism & Cultural Affairs
    (978) 741-3252 | kfox@salem.org
  • Massachusetts Film Office
    For issues pertaining to crew referrals, union issues, and using state highways and state parks, please contact the Massachusetts Film Office at MaFilm.org.

Filmed in Salem

  •     Bewitched, 1970
  •     The Europeans, 1978
  •     Burned at the Stake, 1979
  •     The Coming, AKA Burned at the Stake, 1980
  •     Three Sovereigns for Sarah, 1985
  •     Young Goodman Brown, 1991
  •     Hocus Pocus, 1993
  •     A&E Television, City Confidential Secrets and Superstition in Salem, 1998
  •     The Travel Channel, Places of Mystery: Witch City, 2000
  •     PBS, Secrets of the Dead – Witches Curse, 2001
  •     Showtime’s Penn & Teller: Bullshit, 2003
  •     Living TV (UK), Dead Famous, 2004
  •     Comedy Central, The Daily Show, 2004
  •     WCVB Chronicle, 2006
  •     SciFi Channel, Ghost Hunters, 2007
  •     Bridewars, 2008
  •     Opportunity Knocks, 2008
  •     Dish Network, Magnificent Obsessions, 2008
  •     Out TV (Canada),  Chris & John’s Halloween Superstar, 2009
  •     TLC, What Not to Wear, 2009
  •     The Travel Channel, Ghost Adventures, 2010
  •     Who Do You Think You Are? 2010
  •     The Food Network, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, 2010
  •     Sundance Channel, Love | Lust, 2011
  •     Lords of Salem, 2011 (Release 2012)

Salem Wharf Port Infrastructure

Salem Wharf is currently under construction, with Phase I landside improvements due to be complete in June 2011, Phase II shore side improvements being completed for summer 2012.  Please contact us directly for construction and access updates.

 

See the Salem Wharf Design Site Plan

  • Address: 10 Blaney Street, Salem, Massachusetts 01970 USA
  • Latitude / Longitude: 42°31’ N / 70°42’W
  • Access: 4.2 Miles (6.8 KM) from Route 128 / Interstate 95
  • Berthage: Maximum 300 FT (91M)
  • Berthage Depth: 15 - 26 FT (4.57 - 7.92 M) Dredge
  • Anchorage: Deep Water (38 FT), Tender service available
  • Tidal Range: Normal: 9 FT | Extreme: -1.7 to +11.2 (MLLW)
  • Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
  • Water Availability: Yes
  • Lighting: Yes
  • Recycling: Upon Request
  • Bunkering: Yes
  •  
  • Medical Services: North Shore Medical Center, 2.5 M (4KM) from Wharf, an affiliate of Mass General Hospital        
  • Shore Side Amenities: .3  MI / .4 KM from Salem Maritime, the National Park in Salem, .5 MI / 1 KM from the Salem Regional Visitor Center.  Trolley transportation, combination tickets, ferry and train connection to Boston are available.
  • Available Itineraries
    •     Discover Salem – An overview of Salem’s rich history
    •     Salem Witch Trials of 1692 – Lessons of tolerance from this dark period in American history
    •     Entrepreneurs & The Great Age of Sail – Experience the prosperity of Salem’s 18th century sea captains
    •     Literary Salem – From Nathaniel Hawthorne to Brunonia Barry and Kathleen Kent, Salem has inspired fiction for centuries
    •     American Architecture in Salem – Explore First Period, Colonial Revival and an unrivaled collection of American Federalist homes.

Contact

  • Port Reservations: Kathy Winn, City of Salem Planning Department
  • (978) 745-9595 | kwinn@salem.com

 

 

  • Shore Excursions / Office of Tourism: Kate Fox, Destination Salem
  • (978) 741-3252 | kfox@salem.org

Download the Port of Salem Brochure

Itineraries to Inspire your Exploration of Salem

Salem Trolley on Essex Street Pedestrian Mall

Salem Sampler

There are four corners to historic Salem - and many nooks and crannies in between.  If this is your first visit to Salem, you may want to get a taste of each of our four primary themes:

  • The Salem Witch Trials of 1692.  Part of the curriculum in American history, and integrated into contemporary and historical literature, the Salem Witch Trials are the event that nearly everyone around the world associates with Salem.  Learn about the Salem Witch Trials at the Salem Witch Museum, the Witch House, the Witch Dungeon Museum (seasonal), or Cry Innocent: The People Verses Bridget Bishop (seasonal). 
  • The Great Age of Sail.  The Eighteenth Century was a grand period in American and Salem history.  One quarter of the young country's wealth came through the port of Salem, where dozens of wharves stretched far into the harbor.  Learn more at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site (open year round, seasonal tours vary). 
  • Architecture & Literature.  We fit two significant themes into one because we are fortunate enough to have the iconic House of the Seven Gables in Salem.  New England's oldest wooden mansion, the 1668 Turner-Ingersoll Mansion was immortalized in Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel, The House of the Seven Gables.  The entire property comprises its own National Historic District, and includes Hawthorne's Birthplace, which features a new museum about Hawthorne, and beautiful seaside gardens. 
  • An Overview Tour.  In addition to being home to the House of the Seven Gables, Salem has one of the finest collections of Federal-style architecture in the world.  Climb aboard a Salem Trolley (seasonal) and you will receive a live narrated tour of the City, including our lighthouses, beaches, recreation areas, historic districts, shopping neighborhoods, and attractions.  In addition to being valid for the one-hour tour, your ticket is good for on-and-off transportation between more than a dozen historic sites in Salem. 

Copies of documents from the Salem Witch Trials

The Salem Witch Trials of 1692

The Salem Witch Trials of 1692 were pivotal in the development of American society.  The basis of our current justice system, innocent until proven guilty, evolved from the trials after the Court of Oyer and Terminer was dissolved. There are so many lessons to be learned from the Trials, including social tollerance and abuse of power, and in Salem there are many places and ways to explore the intricacies of the Trials. 

  • The Witch House is the only structure still standing in Salem today with direct ties to the trials of 1692.  The home of Judge Jonathan Corwin, the house is open for guided and self-guided tours. WitchHouse.info
  • The Witch Trials Memorial was dedicated by Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel in 1992.  Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Memorial is where we recommend visitors go to reflect on the lives lost and the lessons learned from 1692.  SalemAward.org
  • Cry Innocent: The People Verses Bridget Bishop is a reenactment of the examination of Bridget Bishop. The audience is the jury in this award-winning production that will immerse you into the fears and concerns of seventeenth-century Salem.  CryInnocentSalem.com
  • The Salem Witch Museum features a presentation that interprets the trials of 1692 through life-sized scenes and dramatic narration, the second explains the evolution of the word "witch" in society from Pagan midwife to McCarthyism.  SalemWitchMuseum.com
  • The Witch Dungeon Museum provides a dramatic reenactment of one of the trials in 1692, and then guests are led on a tour of recreated dungeons that demonstrate the horrible conditions in which the accused were kept for months while awaiting trial.  WitchDungeon.com
  • The Witch History Museum provides an interactive tour through life-sized scenes that depict several of the stories from 1692. WitchHistoryMuseum.com
  • The Salem Wax Museum of Witches & Seafarers presents the people involved in the Trials of 1692 as well as other significant eras in Salem history through life-sized wax figures. SalemWaxMuseum.com

In Danvers, which in 1692 was Salem Village (neighbor to Salem Town, now Salem), you may also want to explore the Rebecca Nurse Homestead, which was home to Rebecca Nurse, who was condemned and executed on July 19, 1692.  Find more information about sites associated with the Salem Witch Trials in our Blog Archives.

Learn and play at The House of the Seven Gables

Salem for Families

In 2010, Salem was named "Favorite Day Trip" in Boston Parents Paper.  You can read about the recognition, and other posts about exploring Salem with kids in the Destination Salem blog archives.  Several attractions close for the winter, but visiting Salem in the off-season (January, February, March) can be a great experience that does not include lines, long waits at restaurants, or crowded shops.  Here are family-friendly opportunities for the off-season.  Check out our Salem for Kids Board on Pinterest!

  • Salem Maritime National Historic Site offers tours, a Junior Ranger program, two free films and one ticketed film.  At the Orientation Center, 160 Derby Street, the film, To the Farthest Ports of the Rich East, tells the story of sea captains and the Great Age of Sail in Salem. Ranger-led tours of the Park buildings are available for $5 per person.  At the Visitor Center, 2 New Liberty Street, the film, Where Past is Present, is about the region's Early Settlement, Maritime, and Industrial heritage.  A third film, Witch Hunt, presents new scholarship about the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 and costs $5. Younger children will want to contribute to the "Fish and Ships" coloring wall, which occupies the kids while the adults take in the exhibits.
  • At the House of the Seven Gables, a tour of the seventeenth-century Turner-Ingersoll Mansion includes the curious secret staircase, and talks about the families that lived in the mansion over the course of two centuries.  Outside, adjacent to the seaside gardens, the counting house has been converted to a family area, with a spyglass to view the harbor and costumes to try on for size. 
  • The Peabody Essex Museum (open year-round, closed on Mondays except holiday Mondays) is free for children under 16, and they have scavenger hunts to help the kids make connections between objects from around the world.
  • If your family is interested in the Salem Witch Trials, the Salem Witch Museum is open year-round.  The first presentation interprets what happened in Salem in 1692, and the second exhibit discusses the evolution of the word "witch" throughout history. 
  • Whichever attractions and museums you explore, leave time for Ye Olde Pepper Candy Companie, America's oldest candy company.  They have been making Gibralters and Blackjacks for more than 200 years. There are many family-friendly dining options in Salem, from hot dogs to seafood, pizza to tacos.  For pancakes the size of your head, and the largest portion of macaroni and cheese in town, visit Reds Sandwich Shop on Central Street for breakfast or lunch.  Located in the old London Coffee House where Revolutionaries met in the early 18th-century, you may just get some history with your fries. 

Additional Itineraries in the works... Please stay tuned.

  • Arts, Culture & Theatre - Oh, My!
  • Architectural Salem
  • Literary Salem
     

History of Salem

The Seventeenth Century

During the winter of 1623-1624, a fishing settlement was established on Cape Ann by England's Dorchester Company. After three years of struggle on rocky, stormy Cape Ann, a group of the settlers, led by Roger Conant, set out to establish a more permanent settlement. They found sheltered, fertile land at the mouth of the Naumkeag River.

The new settlement, called Naumkeag, or "Fishing Place" by the Native Americans, thrived on farming and fishing. In 1629 the settlement was renamed Salem for Shalom, the Hebrew word for peace.

The Salem Witch Trials of 1692

In January of 1692, the daughter and niece of Reverend Samuel Parris of Salem Village became ill. William Griggs, the village doctor, was called in when they failed to improve. His diagnosis of bewitchment put into motion the forces that would ultimately result in the hanging deaths of nineteen men and women. In addition, one man was crushed to death; several others died in prison, and the lives of many were irrevocably changed.

To understand the events of the Salem witch trials, it is necessary to examine the times in which accusations of witchcraft occurred. There were the ordinary stresses of 17th-century life in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. A strong belief in the devil, factions among Salem Village families and rivalry with nearby Salem Town combined with a recent small pox epidemic and the threat of attack by warring tribes created a fertile ground for fear and suspicion. Soon, prisons were filled with more than 150 men and women from towns surrounding Salem; their names had been "cried out" by tormented young girls as the cause of their pain. All would await trial for a crime punishable by death in 17th-century New England - the practice of witchcraft.

In June of 1692, the special Court of Oyer (to hear) and Terminer (to decide) sat in Salem to hear the cases of witchcraft. Presided over by Chief Justice William Stoughton, the court was made up of magistrates and jurors. The first to be tried was Bridget Bishop of Salem who was found guilty and was hanged on June 10. Thirteen women and five men from all stations of life followed her to the gallows on three successive hanging days before the court was disbanded by Governor William Phipps in October of that year. The Superior Court of Judicature, formed to replace the "witchcraft" court, did not allow spectral evidence. This belief in the power of the accused to use their invisible shapes or spectres to torture their victims had sealed the fates of those tried by the Court of Oyer and Terminer. The new court released those awaiting trial and pardoned those awaiting execution. In effect, the Salem witch trials were over.

As years passed, apologies were offered and restitution was made to the victims' families. Historians and sociologists have examined this most complex episode in our history so that we may understand the issues of that era and view subsequent events with heightened awareness. The parallels between the Salem witch trials and more modem examples of "witch hunting" like the McCarthy hearings of the 1950's, are remarkable.

Learn more:

 

Maritime Salem

In the eighteenth century, Salem developed into a major fishing, shipbuilding and maritime trade center. Thanks to its burgeoning codfish trade with the West Indies and Europe, the town grew and prospered. As Salem grew, so too did the power struggle between the colonies and England. In 1774, a Provincial Congress was organized in Salem and the political revolution began. Two months before the battles in Lexington and Concord, skirmishes broke out in Salem. Salem's fleet contributed mightily to the war effort, capturing or sinking 455 British vessels.

By 1790, Salem was the sixth largest city in the country, and the richest per capita. International trade with Europe, the West Indies, China, Africa and Russia produced great wealth and prosperity in Salem. Entrepreneurial spirit and unflappable courage among Salem's sea captains enhanced Salem's success as a dominant seaport. Salem merchants built magnificent homes, established museums and other cultural institutions.

Salem architect and wood carver Samuel McIntire (1757-1811) was employed by many of the sea captains and is responsible for stunning Federal-style architecture and ornamental carving throughout Salem. McIntire's peak years as an artist coincided with Salem's peak years as a successful shipping port. This combination has left Salem with one of the grandest collections of Federal style architecture in the world.

Salem is home to the tall ship Friendship, which is a full-scale replica of a 1797 East Indiaman merchant tall ship. Part of the Salem Maritime National Historic Site, tours of Friendship are available daily.

In addition to the legacy of homes and buildings, Salem's sea captains left behind a museum through which to share their exploration with Salem residents and visitors to the city. The Peabody Essex Museum is the oldest continually operated museum in the country and was founded by sea captains in 1799. In addition to collections from around the globe, visitors to the Peabody Essex Museum can see the model of the Friendship used to recreate the ship.

Learn more:

  • Salem: Maritime Salem in the Age of Sail (National Park Service Handbook) Paperback – February 13, 2003
  • Salem Cornerstones (Paperback), by Joseph Flibbert (Author), K. Goss (Author), Bryant Tolles (Author), Richard Trask (Author)

 

Nineteenth and Twentieth Century

American novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne was born on July 4th, 1804, at the peak of Salem's prosperity. The son of a sea captain, Hawthorne watched the decline of Salem's involvement with lucrative foreign trade and the rise of industry in Salem. While working in the Custom House, which is open to the public, Hawthorne wrote his novel The Scarlet Letter. Rumor has it that Hawthorne discovered the red "A" in the attic of the custom house where he worked. Another Hawthorne novel, The House of the Seven Gables made famous the home of his cousin, Susannah Ingersoll. Today the House of the Seven Gables Settlement site includes the famous mansion and Hawthorne's birthplace and is open to the public.

In the mid-nineteenth century, Salem evolved into an important manufacturing and retail center. Irish and French Canadian immigrants poured into Salem to work on its new leather and shoe factories or at the Naumkeag Steam Cotton Company, Italian and Eastern European immigrants began arriving in the early 1900s to take advantage of Salem's prosperity. By 1914, the population of Salem had swelled to 40,000.

In 1914 the Great Salem Fire swept through Salem, destroying 1,376 buildings and leaving 18,000 families homeless.

Learn more:

  • The Great Salem Fire of 1914: Images from the Phillips Library Collection Paperback, by Barbara Pero Kampas

Directions and Maps

Just 16 miles north of Boston on the Massachusetts coast, Salem is easily accessible by car, train, bus, and seasonal ferry.

A note about driving in Salem and Massachusetts: Pedestrians have the right-of-way in Massachusetts, and vehicles are required and expected to stop for pedestrians crossing the road. Since Salem is a very walkable city, as well as a runner-friendly community, you are likely to encounter pedestrians crossing the road who assume you are aware that they have the right-of-way. Please drive with caution.  In addition, Salem has an active bicycling community and you will notice "sharrows" on several streets and interchanges. Please be prepared to share the road with cyclists, and be mindful of cyclists when navigating our intersections. 

From Route 128-North:

Take exit 25A and follow Route 114-East into Salem. Once in Salem, follow signs to the Salem Visitor Center, Museum & Historic Sites and Downtown Parking. Please note: I-95 North and Route 128-North share the same road for the loop around Boston. When the roads divide, stay on Route 128-North. At this point, the exit numbers jump from #45 to #28.

Although 114-East is the most accessible route into Salem, you may want to seek alternative routes that receive less traffic during Haunted Happenings. Several suggestions of alternative routes from route 128 include: taking exit 26 to Lowell St. in Peabody, or taking exit 24 to Endicott St. in Danvers.

From Boston (30 minute drive):

Take I-93 North to Exit 37-A for I-95 North. Follow I-95 North to Route 128 North. Take exit 25A and follow Route 114-East into Salem. Once in Salem, follow signs to the Salem Visitor Center, Museum & Historic Sites and Downtown Parking. Please note: I-95 North and Route 128-North share the same road for the loop around Boston. When the roads divide, stay on Route 128-North. At this point, the exit numbers jump from #45 to #28. Do not follow the signs to Salem, New Hampshire.

From Logan Airport (25 minute drive):

Take Route 1-A North and at Salem Border, follow the signs for the Salem Visitor Center, Museum & Historic Sites and Downtown Parking. Logan International Airport is the closest airport to Salem. The Manchester, New Hampshire, regional airport is one-hour northwest of Salem.

From the North:

Take I-95 South (Maine) or I-93 South (New Hampshire) to Route 128-North. Take exit 25A and follow Route 114-East into Salem. Once in Salem, follow signs to the Salem Visitor Center, Museum & Historic Sites and Downtown Parking. Please note: I-95 North and Route 128-North share the same road for the loop around Boston. When the roads divide, stay on Route 128-North. At this point, the exit numbers jump from #45 to #28.

From the West:

Take I-90-East to I95/Route 128 North. Take exit 25A and follow Route 114-East into Salem. Once in Salem, follow signs to the Salem Visitor Center, Museum & Historic Sites and Downtown Parking. Please note: I-95 North and Route 128-North share the same road for the loop around Boston. When the roads divide, stay on Route 128-North. At this point, the exit numbers jump from #45 to #28.

From the South:

Take Route 93 North to the Mass Pike (I-90 East) via the Ted Williams tunnel (Exit 23) East to Route 1A North. Take Route 1A North to Salem.

Sgt. James Ayube II Memorial Drive (The Bridge Street By-Pass)

The Bridge Street By-Pass opened in 2009 to provide direct access between downtown Salem and the Veteran's Memorial Bridge to Beverly.  If you are seeking businesses along Salem Common, Winter Street, or Bridge Street, you probably do not want to take the Bypass Road.

From Beverly to Bridge Street businesses, Pickering Wharf, Winter Street, Salem Common, Winter Island or Salem Willows:

After crossing the Veterans Memorial Bridge, turn left onto Bridge Street. If you take the Bypass Road unintentionally, turn left at the light onto Rte. 1A, Bridge Street, and you will be driving toward Beverly.

From Beverly to Salem Center, Summer Street, or Chestnut Street:

Stay straight on the Bypass Road. The first instersection will be Bridge Street, the second intersection is for St. Peter's Street (left to parkign, the PEM, Visitor Center), the third intersection is Washington Street (MBTA Station on right, business district on left).

Heading towards Beverly on 107:

Turn right at the intersection signposted Rte. 1A South (Swampscott) for Salem Center, or stay straight for Rte. 1A North for Bridge Street businesses. If you need Bridge Street businesses and are on the By-Pass Road, turn right onto Bridge Street at the light before the bridge.

Salem Restaurant Week

Salem  Restaurant Weeks  feature the best local cuisine at value pricing. Salem has become a culinary destination and people really look forward to this event. Expect a wide variety of delicious foods - from steak to seafood, American to ethnic, there is something for everyone. Participating Salem area restaurants offer  prix-fixe dinner menus and multiple choices for appetizers, entrees as well as desserts.  Reservations are encouraged, please contact the restaurants directly.

Frequently Asked Questions about Salem

Where is Salem?

Salem is located on the coast of Massachusetts 16 miles north of Boston and 45 miles south of New Hampshire. Neighboring communities include Beverly, Danvers, Marblehead, Peabody, and Swampscott. Salem is...

...25 miles from Concord,

...30 miles from Lexington,

...56 miles from Plymouth,

...87 miles from Hyannis,

...74 miles from Sturbridge,

...125 miles from Northampton,

...148 miles from Stockbridge.

 

How do we get there?

Logan International Airport in Boston, MA, is the closest airport.  It is a 30 to 45 minute drive from Logan to downtown Salem, depending on traffic. MassPort.com

Manchester Airport in Manchester, NH, is approximately 70 minutes away by car. FlyManchester.com

MBTA Commuter Rail connects Salem and Boston's North Station to the south, Newburyport to the north, and Rockport to the northeast.  Salem is a 30 minute train ride from Boston. MBTA.com

The Salem Ferry provides seasonal, high-speed ferry service between Long Wharf in Boston and Blaney Street in Salem.  It is a 55-minute trip will run daily (weather permitting) June 8 through Halloween. SalemFerry.com

By Car, Salem is accessible via Route 1A, Route 114, and Route 107.  The closest highway is Route 128, which connects to I-95.

 

How much does it cost to take a taxi from Boston's Logan Airport to Salem?

Approximately $50.00 one way.

 

We are driving. Where do we park?

The City of Salem implemented a new comprehensive parking program in 2012. For complete information, visit ParkinginSalem.com

We recommend using one of the two parking garages for long-term parking. The Downtown Garage (1 New Liberty Street) costs $0.75 per hour. The South Harbor Garage (10 Congress Street) costs $0.25 per hour. Both are cash only. 

On street meters are enforced 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Monday-Saturday. Pricing range from $.50 per hour to $1.50 per hour depending on neighborhood. Some, but not all, meters accept credit cards.

Parking Lots are another good option for long-term parking. Pricing and meters in the lots vary. Visit ParkinginSalem.com for details.

Map of downtown parking locations.

 

And then what? Where do we start?

If you are planning your first visit to Salem, please start at the Salem Regional Visitor Center, located at 2 New Liberty Street.  The National Park Service Rangers and volunteers can help you with maps, brochures, and directions. There are clean rest rooms, a gift shop, and a  free 27-minute film called "Where Past is Present."  From there, you may want to take a trolley tour to orient yourself to all of the attractions in the City. Salem Trolley offers a 1-hour narrated tour, and tickets are valid for on-and-off travel until 5pm on the day the ticket is purchased.

 

When can I get a schedule for Haunted Happenings?

The schedule of events for Salem Haunted Happenings is published annually in August. Visit HauntedHappenings.org for information on last year's festival, and for this year's events as they are planned. We add new events almost every day!

 

When does the Salem Ferry run?

Boston Harbor Cruises operates Salem Ferry service between Boston's Long Wharf and Salem's Blaney Street. The current year's schedule is available on its website. The trip takes 55 minutes.  The ferry is enclosed, has rest rooms and a snack bar.

 

Can we take a train or bus to Salem?

You can!  The MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority) Commuter Rail connects Salem to Boston’s North Station, Newburyport, Rockport, and Gloucester. The fare between Boston and Salem is $6.75 per ride (one way).  You can walk from Salem Depot to downtown shopping, dining, attractions, waterfront. For bus service, take #450 from South Station, #455 from Wonderland, and #459 from Logan Terminal C. MBTA.com

 

What is the weather like in Salem?

New England weather is unpredictable year-round.  Monthly averages, in degrees Fahrenheit, are:

January: 37 high, 20 low July: 82 high, 63 low
February: 40 high, 23 low August: 80 high, 62 low
March: 47 high, 30 low September: 73 high, 55 low
April: 57 high, 38 low October: 62 high, 45 low
May: 67 high, 48 low November: 52 high, 37 low
June: 76 high, 58 low December: 42 high, 27 low

 

Where can I purchase a combination ticket to Salem’s attractions?

The following combination tickets are available in Salem:

The Discover Salem Passport includes admission to the House of the Seven Gables, The Peabody Essex Museum, The Salem Witch Museum, and the Salem Trolley (in season).

Visit The Land of Witches & Pirates with a combo ticket to the Witch Dungeon Museum, Witch History Museum, and New England Pirate Museum.

The Salem Hysteria Pass includes the Salem Wax Museum & Salem Witch Village.

The Visit 1692 Pass includes the Salem Witch Museum, Witch House, and the Rebecca Nurse House in Danvers, and includes discounts at The Tavern at the Hawthorne Hotel, Ye Olde Pepper Candy Companie, and Goodies Ice Cream (Danvers).
 

How big is Salem?

Salem is a very walkable city.  How fast you walk it is up to you! Most people can walk a half-mile at a leisurely pace in 15-20 minutes.  Here are some sample distances:

To walk from the MBTA train station to the Salem Ferry at Blaney Street is less than one mile.

The National Park Service Regional Salem Visitor Center to the Phillips House on Chestnut Street is just over a half-mile.

The House of the Seven Gables to the Salem Witch Museum is a half-mile.

The Peabody Essex Museum to the Salem Maritime National Historic Site is less than a half-mile.

Salem Willows and Winter Island Maritime Park are each about 1.5 miles from the center of downtown Salem (at Salem Common).  While people do walk these distances, most prefer to drive.  There is ample parking at both destinations.

 

What is the Red Line drawn on the sidewalks?

The Red Line is the Salem Heritage Trail, and it connects the most important stops and neighborhoods in Salem.  The line is painted on the sidewalk and creates four loops through the city to help you explore.  It is painted on the map in the Salem Visitor Guide, on the maps in the information kiosks around Salem, and in the Salem Best Maps.

 

We are traveling in an RV/Motor Home.  Where can we park it while we see the sites?

Motor home and RV parking is permitted at Salem Willows Park and along Fort Avenue adjacent to the Dominion Power Plant.  From downtown Salem, driving north-east, Derby Street turns into Fort Avenue.  The two trolley companies in Salem run tours to Salem Willows and can provide transportation to the downtown for the cost of their ticket prices.  RV camping is available seasonally at Winter Island Maritime Park.

 

Where can we rent a wheelchair, or other medical supplies?

There are two outlets in Salem who can accommodate the medical needs of visitors:

Eastern Pulmonary Services, 85 Bridge Street, Salem. (978)745-4654 or (800)698-4654. Wheelchairs, power scooters, respiratory equipment, and other medical items are available for short-term rental.  Wheelchair rentals are $10/day with a $50 deposit.

Hutchinson Medical, Inc., 333 Highland Ave., Salem, (978) 741-1770 (open Monday–Friday 8:30am-5pm and Saturday 9am-12noon). Wheelchair rentals are $25/day.

 

A note about driving in Salem

Pedestrians have the right-of-way in Massachusetts, and vehicles are required and expected to stop for pedestrians crossing the road. Since Salem is a very walkable city, as well as a runner-friendly community, you are likely to encounter pedestrians crossing the road who assume you are aware that they have the right-of-way. Please drive with caution. 

Regarding Bicycles: Salem has an active bicycling community and you will notice "sharrows" on several streets and interchanges. Please be prepared to share the road with cyclists, and be mindful of cyclists when navigating our intersections. 

 

Did we miss something? E-mail your question to Destination Salem and we will respond to you directly.  We may even add your question to this list!

Visiting Salem with a Group

Cover of 2013 Salem Motor Coach Map and Guidelines

Whether you are planning your first trip or a repeat visit to Salem, you will delight in the opportunities for groups touring Salem. We make every effort to provide useful information for teachers, tour planners, tour operators, and motor coach drivers. Each of Salem's attractions and cultural sites and attractions has its own regulations for groups and you do need to contact the establishments directly for their policies. Links to Salem's attractions can be found in the free Salem City Guide.

Salem's peak season is June through October, with October being the busiest month of the year. Please book your groups early for peak times. Many of Salem's attractions will take reservations for October more than a year in advance.

The Salem Motor Coach Map & Guidelines is available for download here, or you can request a copy be mailed to you. This fold-out map of downtown Salem features access routes, parking instructions, drop off zone location, and other useful information for the drivers and tour operators who bring visitors to Salem via motor coach.  Request a copy.

Click here to view and print the 2015 Group Tour Profile Sheet for Salem, Massachusetts.

Read why Group Tour Media thinks groups should Discover Salem, a town for all seasons.

Below is a list of Salem attractions, activities, restaurants, accommodations, tours and transportation that welcome groups.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS

Clipper Ship Inn

Families/groups welcome! Near attractions, beaches, restaurants and recreational areas.
40 Bridge Street, Salem
clippershipinn.com | 978.745.8022
Group Capacity: 30 Rooms.
Group Rates: Call for seasonal rates.
Terms: 50% deposit required. Terms and conditions for balance established between group and property.
Motor Coach Parking: Yes

 

Hawthorne Hotel

The historic Hawthorne Hotel is an elegant full-service hotel in the heart of Salem.
18 Washington Square West, Salem
hawthornehotel.com | 978.744.4080
Group Capacity: Up to 40 rooms per night.
Group Rates: Seasonal ranging from $119.00-$169.00
Comp. Policy: One complimentary room for every 30 rooms.
Terms: $1,000.00 in advance with the remainder being paid three weeks before the group arrives. Credit card authorization required in order to guarantee group.
Motor Coach Parking: Complimentary parking is available.

 

Salem Waterfront Hotel & Marina

Full service Hotel located in the Waterfront District of Salem.
225 Derby Street Salem MA 01970
salemwaterfronthotel.com | 978-740-8788 | (888) 33-SALEM
Group Capacity: 80 people based on double occupancy.
Group Rates Contact Hotel directly for seasonal group rates.
Comp. Policy: Varies depending on group and needs
Terms: 6 week cutoff date with 80% attrition
Motor Coach Parking: Complimentary parking is available

 

RECEPTIVE OPERATORS

Hawthorne Tours

Receptive tour operator providing custom tours, step-on guides, receptive services.
27 Congress Street, Suite 109, Salem
HawthorneTours.com | (978) 744-5463
Group Rates: Depend on services provided
Comp. Policy: 1 comp per 25 tickets

 

Wolfe Adventures & Tours

Customized day and overnight tours for small to large groups. Receptive Tour Operator, multi-lingual step-on guides.
WolfeTours.com | 978.255-1645 | taunya@wolfetours.com or susan@wolfetours.com
Group Tour Rates: Customized tours are priced to meet your needs and budget. Call for Details.
Step-on Guide Rates: English-speaking, $220 for half-day; $310 for full day (up to 8 hours); Italian, French, German-speaking, $290 for half-day, $365 for full day (up to 8 hours).
Comp. Policy: Varies depending on group and needs

A group on a docent-led tour at the Peabody Essex Museum.

 

MUSEUMS, ATTRACTIONS & WALKING TOURS

4-D Haunted Museum, 4-D Haunted House & Ghost Tours at Salem’s 13 Ghosts

Immerse yourself in a state-of-the-art 4-D world presented to you as either a fascinating educational look at Salem history or a frightfully fun haunted house! Then join us on a historically accurate walking tour of America’s most haunted city.
131 Essex Street, Salem
Salems13Ghosts.com | groups@salems13ghosts.com
Capacity: Unlimited
Comp. Policy: Driver and escort are complimentary
Coach Parking: Multiple coach parking spaces across across the street and within short walking distance
Rates & Terms: Email groups@salems13ghosts.com for rates and terms.

 

Bewitched After Dark Walking Tour

Join us for the Best Historical Tour in Salem! Fun & informative tours led by a Salem native and modern Witch.
180 Essex Street    
BewitchedAfterDark.com | 978.498.4061
Group Rates: Call or email info@BewitchedAfterDark for group rates and terms.

 

Salem Food Tours “Coffee Walks”

A historic walking tour featuring the spice trade and maritime history, as well as Salem’s thriving modern food/culinary and cultural scene. Includes complimentary coffee/tea, sweet treat, cold beverage, as well as a mini spice tasting.
SalemFoodTours.com | (978) 594.8811
Group Capacity: 50 per tour
Group Rates and Terms: Standard Coffee Walk $20pp
Terms: Please email info@salemfoodtours.com group manager for additional info, options and terms
Coach Parking: Multiple coach parking spaces within short walking distance

 

Count Orlok’s Nightmare Gallery

This attraction is like a life-size cinematic wax museum of monsters from 1920’s to now! Works by over 25 Hollywood Effects Artists!
285 Derby Street, Salem
NightmareGallery.com | 978.740.0500
Group Capacity: No limit.
Group Rates: Call for prices.
Terms: Agreed deposit 7 days in advance of your and balance paid upon arrival. Mastercard & Visa accepted.
Motor Coach Parking: Yes.

 

Cry Innocent

Bridget Bishop is accused of witchcraft and you are the jury! Performed at Old Town Hall, 32 Derby Square. Teacher guide available.
CryInnocentSalem.com
Group Capacity: 200
Group Rates: In season: Group Rates: $9/pp for groups of 20+, Off season: $550 up to 50 people, $9/pp additional
Comp. Policy: 1 comp adult for every 10 paid students.
Terms: $100 deposit, balance paid day of show.

 

Gallows Hill Museum/Theatre

This unique attraction brings fact, legend and myth together for a truly unique, dramatic experience that reveals Salem’s witchcraft and ghosts. Group packages available.
7 Lynde Street, Salem | 978.317.1169
GallowsHillSalem.com
Group Rates: $6.25-$8.25pp, depending upon show selected
Comp. Policy: 1 comp per 10 tickets plus 2 free escorts.
Terms: Payment is due upon arrival. Credit cards accepted.
Coach Parking: Drop-off/Pick-up space for one coach at a time.

 

Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tour

Salem's original ghost walk discusses documented hauntings, Victorian murder and Colonial witchcraft. Hosting school groups and corporate clients since 1997!
8 Central Street, Salem
SalemHistoricalTours.com | 978-745-0666
Group Rates: 90-minute ghost tour. Groups of 25-49: $12 adult, $9 senior/student/active military, $7 Children; Groups of 50-99: $11, $8 & $6; Groups of 100+: $9, $6, $5
Comp. Policy: 1 per 10 attendees.
Terms: $100 deposit required to book; final count and remaining balance due 48 hours prior to tour date

 

The House of the Seven Gables

Admission includes the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion (the House of the 7 Gables), Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Birthplace, and the seaside gardens.
115 Derby Street, Salem
7Gables.org | 978-744-0991
Group Rates: $6.00/students (K-12), $8.75/adults
Comp. Policy: Driver and escort comped for all groups of 10 or more; with student groups one chaperone for every 10 students is complimentary.
Terms: Payment in advance required unless direct billing is pre-approved.
 

Mahi Mahi Harbor Cruises & Private Events

Offering custom harbor cruises and private events May - October.  Featuring narrated Lighthouse & Landmarks and Classroom-by-the-sea tours.
Salem Willows Park (May - September), Pickering Wharf Marina (October)
Pickering Wharf Marina, 24 Congress Street, Salem, MA 01970
mahicruises.com | 978-825-0001

 

New England Pirate Museum

A guided interior tour through a recreated dockside village and pirate ship.
274 Derby Street, Salem | 978.741.2800 | Profile Sheet
PirateMuseum.com
Group Rates: $5/students, $6/seniors, $7/adults
Comp. Policy: 1 comp per 20 tickets
Terms: Credit Card, cash or business check upon arrival
Coach Parking: Multiple coach parking spaces on Derby Street.

 

Peabody Essex Museum

From New England to a world of art and culture, the PEM tells the rich stories of early America and makes connections around the world through its exhibits.
East India Square, Salem | 978-745-9500 ext. 3070
pem.org | john_marden@pem.org
Group Contact: John Marden
Group Rates: $12.00/adult, $6.50/student; For guided gallery, historic house and/or garden tours, add:  $3.00/adult and $1.50/student per tour; For guided tours of Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese House please add: $4.00/adult, $2.00/student. Special exhibitions may require an additional fee.
Comp. Policy: One complimentary adult admission for every 10 students. Tours operators: driver and escort receive complimentary admission.

 

The Phillips House, Historic New England

Visit Historic New England's Phillips House on historic Chestnut Street and learn about life in Salem in the early 1900s. Historic house museum with antique cars and carriages.
34 Chestnut Street, Salem | 978-744-0440 | Profile Sheet
HistoricNewEngland.org
Rates: $5.00 for adults; eligible group rates are available for groups of ten or more
Comp Policy: Group leaders and tour planners are welcome to join their group free of charge with advance reservations.
Terms: A non-refundable deposit based on your maximum expected number is due two weeks prior to your group tour date. Failure to submit a deposit means that your group may not be accommodated; You must call 1 week in advance with the guaranteed number for your group. It is expected that a balance for that number will be paid prior to the beginning of the tour.

 

Salem Historical Tours

Salem's premiere tour company conducts historically accurate tours in general history, cemetery, TV & Movie, Hawthorne and 1692 Witch Trials walks.
8 Central Street, Salem | 978-745-0666
SalemHistoricalTours.com
Group Contact: Giovanni Alabiso
Group Rates: 60-minute tour. Groups of 25-49: $9 adult, $7 senior/student/active military, $5 Children; Groups of 50-99: $8, $6 & $4; Groups of 100+: $6, $5, $4
Comp. Policy: 1 per 10 attendees
Terms: $100 deposit required at time of booking, final count and remaining balance due 48 hours prior to tour date.

 

Salem Wax Museum

Come face to face with the horrors of the Salem Witch Trials and the daring exploits of Salem seafarers through life-like wax models.
282 Derby Street, Salem
SalemWaxMuseum.com
Rates: Vary depending on season.
Comp Policy: One comp per 10 tickets purchased.
Terms: Payment is due before arrival.  Step-on guides available.

 

Salem Witch Museum

Salem’s most visited museum, featuring the exhibit, Witches: Evolving PerceptionsAn ABA Top Attraction for Groups in 2015!
19 ½ Washington Square North, Salem
SalemWitchMuseum.com
Can accommodate 115 people every half hour.
Rates: Please contact the museum for group rates.
Comp Policy: Driver and escort are always complimentary.
Terms: Payment is due upon arrival. Credit application available to companies booking 20 groups or more.
Motor Coach Parking: Multiple coach parking spaces are available within walking distance of the museum.

 

Salem Witch Village

Discover the myths and the facts surrounding witches and their craft! For the answers and truth behind the legends.
288 Derby Street, Salem
SalemWitchVillage.biz
Rates: Vary depending on season.
Comp Policy: One comp per 10 tickets purchased.
Terms: Payment is due before arrival.  Step-on guides available.

 

Schooner Fame: Sailing Tours of Salem Sound

Our replica of the 1812 privateer Fame offers customized tours for your group from 90 minutes to full days.
Pickering Wharf Marina | 978.729.7600 | schoonerfame@gmail.com
SchoonerFame.com
Group Contact: Capt. Mike
Group rates: Range from $400-$550 on 90-minute trips
Comp Policy: Comps welcome but total count cannot exceed 49
Coach parking: Derby and Congress Streets, 100 yards from dock

 

Witch Dungeon Museum

An award-wining live reenactment of a witch trial – from the original transcript of 1692, and a guided tour through the dungeon.
16 Lynde Street, Salem | 978.741.3570 | Profile Sheet
WitchDungeon.com
Group Rates: $5/students, $6/seniors, $7/adults
Comp. Policy: 1 comp per 20 tickets
Terms: Credit Card, cash or business check upon arrival
Coach Parking: Drop-off/Pick-up space for one coach at a time.

 

Witch History Museum

Learn the untold stories of 1692 during a live presentation and guided tour featuring life size scenes in animation.
197-201 Essex Street, Salem | (978) 741-7770 | Profile Sheet
WitchHistoryMuseum.com
Group Rates: $5/students, $6/seniors, $7/adults
Comp. Policy: 1 comp per 20 tickets
Terms: Credit Card, cash or business check upon arrival
Coach Parking: Drop-off/Pick-up spaces for coaches are available on Essex Street at New Liberty Street.

 

TROLLEY TOURS & TRANSPORTATION

The Salem Ferry

Experience coastal New England on a scenic 55-minute trip aboard a high-speed catamaran.  Round-trip service between Salem and downtown Boston. Each ferry ticket entitles Guest to discounts at over 40 restaurants, shops and attractions in Salem and Boston.
10 Blaney Street, Salem
978.741.0220 | SalemFerry.com  
Group Rates: $8.50 one way,  $17.00 Roundtrip.
Comp. Policy: One comp per 10 tickets.
Terms: 50% due at booking, balance due day of trip.
Coach Parking: There is ample free coach parking at the Ferry landing.

 

Salem Trolley

The Best Way to See Salem! Ride the Red Trolley!  One hour narrated tour of Historical Salem, Private Tours available and Step-on Guides available, Special tours include: Tales & Tombstone Tour and The Trolley Christmas Carol.
8 Central Street, Salem
978-744-5469 | SalemTrolley.com
Capacity: 32-38 passengers depending on Trolley
Group Rates: $14.00 Adult, $13.00 Seniors for groups of 20 or more (please note Trolley runs on a first come first serve basis)
Private Tours: Call for prices depending on size of group
Terms: Payment in advance required unless direct billing is pre-approved.

 

RESTAURANTS

 

Essex’s NY Deli & Pizza

1 Museum Place Mall
978.741.1383 | Fax 978.741.2229
EssexsNYDeliPizza@gmail.com
Capacity: 100 people
Menus: Choice of four group menus plus veggie option. $8.25-$12:00/person, including taxes, soda and desert;
Comp. Policy: One comp meal for every 20 paid meals; Driver is always free.
Terms: 50% deposit one week before the reserved date and 50% on the day of the event. We accept business checks, MasterCard and Visa.

 

Finz Seafood and Grill

76 Wharf Street, Salem | 978.744.8485
FinzSeafood.com | 2015-16 Tour & Travel Menu
Capacity: Up to 100 people
Menus: $24.00-$27.00/person inclusive. There is never a room charge for groups. Meal counts are due one week before the event date.
Terms: Credit cards, company checks, bank checks, and cash accepted. Personal checks are not accepted.  Preferred meal times are 11:30 AM, 4:30 PM, and 5:00 PM in the dining room.

 

Victoria Station

Waterfront dining.  Function rooms available.
86 Wharf Street, Salem | 978.745.3400
VictoriaStationInc.com | victoriastation@comcast.net
Group Contact:  Elizabeth Collette
Capacity:  400
Menu:  Group lunch and dinner menus $20.00 to $40.00 all-inclusive including, taxes, gratuity, coffee, tea, soda and dessert. Customized menus are always and option.  Rates subject to change.
Comp:  One meal for every 40 people. Driver is always free.
Terms: $50.00 deposit to reserve date. Deposit applied to final balance.  No room fees.  Accept business checks and all major credit cards.

 

Village Tavern

168 Essex Stret, Salem | (978) 7444-2858
VillageTavernSalem.com | art@villagetavernsalem.com
Group Contact: Andrew Ingemi, General Manager
Capacity: The newly renovated game room can be converted into a function room accommodating up to 75 guests and a private buffet.   
Menu: Buffet and plated options available.
Comp: 2 comp for 40 guests
Terms: 50% deposit with signed contract. Company checks and credit cards accepted.  Final payment by credit card, bank check, or cash prior to service.  

 

Group aboard Salem Trolley

10 Free Things to Do in Salem

Free to explore Salem? The following activities, destinations and diversions are open to the public and are completely free of charge.

10. Explore your National Park

New in 2013, tours of the buildings, wharves, and Tall Ship Friendship at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site are free. Learn stories of the sailors, Revolutionary War privateers, and merchants who brought the riches of the world to America through the port of Salem. Spend a half-hour learning regional history from the wonderful, free film, “Where Past is Present” at the Visitor Center. 2 New Liberty Street and 193 Derby Street

9. Indulge your sweet tooth

Visit Harbor Sweets on Leavitt Street and experience handcrafted chocolates first hand. Harbor Sweets has been creating their world-famous Sweet Sloops for nearly thirty years. Tours are given on most Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:00 AM. Call 800-234-4860 for information.

8. Stroll along Chestnut Street. 

Take the time to wander down beautiful Chestnut Street, which was the first planned street in America. Read all of the house plaques to learn the about the people who built and lived
in the exquisite Federal-style mansions. The self-guided McInitre Trail Brochure is available online and at the Salem Regional Visitor Center.

Ropes Mansion Garden

7. Relax at the Ropes Mansion

Just a block from historic Chestnut Street, at 318 Essex Street, you will find the historic Ropes Mansion Garden.  This stunning Colonial Revival garden was created in 1912, and today it is a popular place for relaxing, reading, photography, and admiring the flowers. Part of the collections of the Peabody Essex Museum, the garden is open to the public and throughout the growing season, it offers a splendid sampling of local horticulture. 

Salem Common Gazebo

6. Play and Picnic in Salem Common

Originally used as a grazing area for Salem residents’ livestock and a training area for the Salem militia, today Salem Common is a favorite spot for jogging, reading, concerts, and wedding ceremonies. The playground and basketball court provide a place for families to unwind and enjoy some fresh air.

5.  Walk through History

Brochures for the African American History Trail, the Nathaniel Bowditch Trail: A Walking Tour of the Great Age of Sail and the Nathaniel Hawthorne's Salem are available at nps.gov/sama as well as at the Salem Regional Visitor Center. Each walking trail takes about one hour and will show you hidden points of historical interest and fascination in Salem.

Howard Street Cemetery

4. Step Through Cemeteries

Salem has wonderful, historic cemeteries, including the Old Burying Point Cemetery on Charter Street, Howard Street Cemetery, and the Broad Street Cemetery. The Charter Street Burying Point is one of the oldest cemeteries in Massachusetts. In it you can see the graves of, among others, a Witch Trials judge, a Mayflower passenger, and architect Samuel McIntire. Cemeteries are open from dawn until dusk.

Salem Willows Sunset

3. Wander around the Willows

In addition to the restaurants and arcades (which will lighten your quarter stash), Salem Willows Park has two free beaches, walking trails, and a free summer concert series. Good weather brings families from near and far with their picnics to savor the sun, sand, and salt water.  And, for less than $2 you can feast on one of Salem Low's famous Chop Suey Sandwiches.

2. Remember the Victims of 1692

Dedicated in 1992 to commemorate the tercentenary of the Salem Witch Trials, the Memorial was restored in 2012 and remains a solemn place to honor and remember the brave people who maintained their innocence in 1692. Learn more at SalemAward.org.

1. Connect it all along the Salem Heritage Trail

Connect all of Salem’s sites by walking the Salem Heritage Trail. A red line painted on the sidewalk, the Heritage Trail will help you navigate your way through Salem and American history. The Heritage Trail is printed on the map in the centerfold of The Salem Guide.

 

Weddings and Special Events

Peabody Essex Museum wedding. Photo credit: Person + Killian Photography

Salem is a wonderful place to plan a wedding or special event.  Select from traditional or contemporary venues that will make your event unique and memorable.  You will discover each venue and each menu in Salem has unique qualities that offer a range of options to suit your expectations.

You can do it all in Salem - from the perfect setting to make-up, wedding rings to flowers, cakes to photographers, inns and hotels for your wedding party and a great destination for your guests - Salem is a unique city that can provide historic, maritime, artistic, contemporary, indoor, or outdoor settings for your very special event.

For information on obtaining a Marriage License, visit Salem.com . (Please note: Salem City Hall is open 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Monday - Wednesday, 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM Thursday, and 8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon on Friday.) If you have specific questions, please contact Destination Salem at (978) 744-3663 or info@salem.org

Click here for our new printable brochure of wedding resources in Salem.

Large Venues

  • Colonial Hall

  • 231 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970
  • ColonialHallatRockafellas.com
  • (978) 745-2411
  • A breathtaking ballroom, rich in history and architecture with cathedral ceilings and hardwood floors. Accommodates functions of 50 to 250.

 

  • Hamilton HallHamilton Hall wedding

  • 9 Chestnut Street, Salem, MA 01970
  • HamiltonHall.org
  • 978.744.0805
  • The scene of impressive social gatherings since it was built in 1805, Hamilton Hall features an elegant ballroom that graciously accommodates up to 160 guests for dinner and dancing.

 

  • The Hawthorne Hotel

  • 18 Washington Square West, Salem, MA 01970
  • HawthorneHotel.com
  • 978.825.4358
  • The ballroom is a gorgeous space for elegant weddings; 18-foot Palladian windows overlook Salem Common, for sweeping views in all seasons. Award-winning chefs will create cuisine as superb as the setting!

 

  • The House of the Seven Gables

  • The House of the Seven Gables garden115 Derby Street, Salem, MA 01970
  • 7Gables.org
  • 978.744.0991 ext. 104
  • Hold your wedding, event, shower, meeting, or family reunion at the House of the Seven Gables, where you can select from the beautiful seaside gardens, the historic Colonial Hooper Hathaway House, or the contemporary Plumsock Room.

 

  • Peabody Essex Museum

  • 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970
  • pem.org/venues
  • 978.542.1615
  • With a stunning atrium and elegant galleries, halls and gardens, PEM offers a variety of unique and inspiring settings ideal for weddings, corporate meetings and holiday parties.

 

  • Old Town Hall

  • 32 Derby Square, Salem, MA 01970
  • SalemOldTownHall.com
  • 978.606.7426
  • Salem's 1816 Old Town Hall features Palladian windows, delicate molding, columns, and hardwood floors. A lovely setting for a variety of gatherings. Each floor accommodates up to 200 people.

 

  • Salem Waterfront Hotel & Suites

  • 225 Derby Street, Salem, MA 01970
  • SalemWaterfrontHotel.com
  • 978.740.8788
  • This boutique hotel is the top choice for brides in need of relaxation and perfection. 86 luxuriously appointed rooms and suites. 4,800 square feet of meeting / banquet space. Indoor pool, fitness center, restaurant, marina.

Small Venues

  • Adriatic Restaurant and Bar

  • 155 Washington Street, Salem, MA 01970
  • AdriaticRestaurantandBar.com
  • 978-594-1832
  • The perfect location for your special event. Rehearsal dinners, showers or receptions. Set in this rich setting that accommodates up to 50 people.

 

  • Capt.'s Waterfront Grill & Pub

  • Pickering Wharf, 94 Wharf Street, Salem, MA 01970
  • Capts.com
  • 978.741.0555Functions at Finz
  • Capt's Waterfront is a lovely setting for group gatherings and functions. We host corporate parties, luncheons, bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, reunions, birthdays, anniversaries, and more. Menus can be crafted for adults and children.

 

  • Finz Seafood & Grill

  • Wedding at Finz

  • Pickering Wharf, 76 Wharf Street, Salem, MA 01970
  • HipFinz.com
  • 978.744.0000
  • Enjoy the views of Salem harbor from Finz' gracious second floor function room. Menus include specialty creations as well as more traditional stations, buffets and plated dinner options. The room offers seating for 30-110 guests and standing cocktail space for up to 160.
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  • Mahi Mahi Cruises

  • Salem Willows Pier, Salem, MA 01970

    Mahi Mahi Cruises

  • MahiCruises.com
  • 800.992.6244
  • A Mahi Mahi private charter provides a unique setting and a truly memorable and enjoyable experience for your wedding or special event.

Transportation

  • Salem Trolley

  • 8 Central Street, Salem, MA 01970

    Trolley wedding

  • SalemTrolley.com
  • 978.744.5469
  • The Salem Trolley can provide transportation for 32-38 passengers aboard one of our replica turn-of-the-century trolleys. For weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, birthday parties, parades, family reunions, proms and school events, let us help make your event memorable, safe, and stress-free.

Make-up

  • Rouge Cosmetics

  • 322 Derby Street, Salem, MA 01970
  • rouge.com
  • 978.740.1044
  • In Store as well as On Site services for the entire bridal party. Rouge make-up artists have over 30 years of combined experience and have helped countless brides to look and feel absolutely beautiful on the big day.

Jewelry & Registry

  • roost Urban Country Design

  • Front Street, Salem, MA 01970
  • RoostSalem.com | 978.744.HOME
  • roost is the hottest spot to find an original mix of art, furniture, gifts, accessories, lighting, jewelry & bath products.
  • Treasures Over Time

  • 139 Washington Street, Salem, MA 01970

    Treasures Over Time Diamond Ring

  • TreasuresOverTime.com
  • 978.745.2330
  • Offering a mix of unique, hand-selected jewelry, including engagement, commitment and wedding rings and gifts.

Ceremony Venues

For a list of churches and places to worship in Salem, please visit the online guide on Salem.org.

  • First Universalist Society of Salem

  • 211 Bridge Street, Salem, MA 01970

  • SalemUU.org
  • 978.744.3224
  • First Universalist is a welcoming congregation.  Weddings can be held in the church for up to 400 guests, and Bolles Hall is available to rent for receptions for up to 150 guests.
  • The Gazebo on Salem Common

  • City of Salem Park & Recreation Department
  • (978) 744-0180, ext. 20

Printers

  • Scarlet Letter Press & GalleryThe Scarlet Letter Press Wedding

  • 102 Wharf Street, Salem
  • TheScarletLetterPress.com
  • (978) 741-1850
  • A family-run digital press that specializes in elegant, custom printing for all your wedding needs. Save the Date announcements, shower invitations, wedding invitations, RSVPs, directions, itineraries, table place holders, belly bands, envelope liners, calligraphy and more! So many papers to choose from, so little time…..

Photographers

Welcome to Salem!

Riley Plaza. Photo credit: Gigi

 

A unique seaside community, Salem, Massachusetts is a small, dynamic city of 41,000 people.  We welcome nearly one million visitors each year, and are home to a changing population of students at Salem State University.  Featuring an active art and culture scene, visitors and residents enjoy local theatre, music, comedy, art, and excellent dining.

Boutique shopping and unique dining will round out your Salem experience.  Our shops range from wine to witch balls, home goods to herbs, accessories to antiques.  Salem has a diverse restaurant scene as well - whether you need to grab sandwiches for the family on the fly or have time to linger over creative cocktails and a raw bar, Salem has a restaurant to suit your palate.

Salem has an annual calendar of festivals, summer theater, and special events.  Notable festivals include Salem Holiday Happenings in December, Salem Film Festival in February, Massachusetts Poetry Festival in May, Salem Arts Festival in June, Salem Lit Fest in September, and - of course - Salem Haunted Happenings in October.  And don't miss our two restaurant weeks - April and November - when restaurants strut their stuff with delicious prix fixed three and four course meals!

Salem's culture and heritage includes early American, maritime, and military history, architecture, literature, art, and theater.  The world-class Peabody Essex Museum has incredible permanent collections and a schedule of changing exhibitions.  A perfect destination for families seeking out the stories of America and New England, Salem is also a popular cultural escape, romantic getaway, and destination wedding location.

Events

Live music, theatre, dance, dining... Salem has an active social scene for those who are seeking it (and lots of quiet nooks and craneys for those who are not).  Visit the Salem Calendar for a complete listing of events and

Accommodations

The Hawthorne Hotel
TAG Approved
Year-round
On the Common, Salem, MA 01970
(978) 744-4080 | HawthorneHotel.com

The Salem Waterfront Hotel & Marina
TAG Approved
Year-round
225 Derby Street, Salem, MA 01970
(978) 740-8788 | SalemWaterfrontHotel.com

Amelia Payson House - B&B
April through October
16 Winter Street, Salem, MA 01970
978.744.8304 | AmeliaPaysonHouse.com

Coach House Inn
May 1 - November 30
284 Lafayette Street, Salem, MA 01970
978.744.4092 | 800.688.8689 | CoachHouseSalem.com

Morning Glory Bed & Breakfast
Year-Round
22 Hardy Street, Salem, MA 01970
978.741.1703 | MorningGloryBB.com

Northey Street House B&B
Year-Round
30 Northey Street, Salem, MA 01970
(978) 397.1582 | NortheyStreetHouse.com

The Salem Inn
Year-Round
7 Summer Street, Salem, MA 01970
978.741.0680 | SalemInnMa.com

Stepping Stone Inn
Year-Round
19 Washington Square North, Salem, MA 01970
978.741.8900 | TheSteppingStoneInn.com

 


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