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Salem: Witch Trials and Beyond Guided Walking Tour

1. Salem: Witch Trials and Beyond Guided Walking Tour

Find out how the strict Puritan town of Salem became the witchcraft capital of the world and get a behind-the-scenes look at today's tourism industry on a guided walking tour of the Witch City. Meet your guide outside the Old Town Hall and begin your history-packed walking tour of Salem. Together you'll visit 9 historic locations, including the Salem Athenaeum and Old Burying Point Cemetery, unlocking a new chapter of Salem's past at each stop. Uncover shocking secrets like the connection between author Nathaniel Hawthorne and infamous witch trials judge John Hathorne, or the fact that most of the accusations, executions, and alleged witchcraft actually occurred in Danvers, not Salem. Walk away from your tour with a full picture of Salem's history and plenty of memorable moments to share with family and friends back home.

Salem: Introductory General History Tour

2. Salem: Introductory General History Tour

Start the tour with an introduction to the history of Salem and its humble beginnings. Find out about how whilst Salem is known for the infamous witchcraft trials, it has so many more interesting stories. Discover how it was once one of the largest seaports in the US, was an important city to the American revolution, and has been home to famous writers, celebrities, inventors, politicians, and more. As you begin the walking tour, hear amazing stories of people who lived and visited the quaint historic city as well as see buildings, homes, and locations where remarkable events occurred. See where the revolutionaries met to plan the rebellion for this area, where Houdini escaped from jail, and the first Federal style building built in Salem that holds a dark secret in its basement. Next, learn about various pop culture as your guide reveals which movies and TV shows were shot in Salem as well as the celebrities that came here. See where Alexander Graham Bell lived and where he made the first phone call. Discover how a total of 18 US Presidents have visited Salem and some more than once. Finally, enjoy a stroll through the McIntire District where you will view the Ropes Mansion, Witch House, and Bowditch House. Come away from the tour with a renewed appreciation for Salem's importance over the last 400 years. 

Salem: Ancestors and Descendants Witch Trial Walking Tour

3. Salem: Ancestors and Descendants Witch Trial Walking Tour

Learn about the history and descendants of those involved with the Salem Witch Trials. Discover the most important sights in the downtown area and learn about the key people involved in the trials almost 400 years ago. Visit the Salem Witch Trials Memorial and the Old Burying Point Cemetery, where judges of the trials are buried. Listen to tales about a descendant's role in the American Revolution and the town's legacy as the richest seaport per capita from 1790 to 1812. Learn about the approximately 200 people accused of witchcraft, along with the 70 victims, nine judges, dozens of jurors, and hundreds of observers who were all involved in the 1692 witch trials. Hear about other descendants - some famous and some infamous. Many people do not know they're descended from the Salem Witch Trials - perhaps you're one of them.

Salem: HP Lovecraft Connection Walking Tour with a Guide

4. Salem: HP Lovecraft Connection Walking Tour with a Guide

Experience the beauty of the city of Salem on a guided walking tour. See the famous places like the Witch House, Derby House, and many more. Learn about the stories that inspired horror writer HP Lovecraft. HP Lovecraft was a writer who delved into the genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. He came to Salem several times and used the homes, buildings, and the 1692 witchcraft trials as inspiration for some of his fantastic tales. During the tour, you will visit the Crowninshield-Bentley House, the building which inspired The Thing on The Doorstep story. See the Witch House, used for his The Dreams of the Witch House, and the location of the Old Victorian Train Station that he thoroughly loved. Visit the Charter Street Cemetery that was the setting for his story The Unnamable, Images of the Danvers State Hospital that he called the Arkham Sanitarium, and general areas of Salem that he named Arkham in his books. You will learn how Salem influenced many of his writings and how he references Salem in his books. 

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We learned so much history surrounding the Salem Witch Trial, people who were involved (the accused and the accusers), and some of their famous descendants. The tour guide was excellent, very knowledgeable, and we would highly recommend this tour.

The gentleman guide that we had was very informative and seemed to actually enjoy what he was doing which made for a very pleasant experience. It was entirely worth it and would recommend it.

There is so much more to Salem than the witch trials so glad we were able to get on this tour and learn the rich history of this unique city.

This tour was great!! Learned a lot about the non witch history in Salem that I never knew even happened!! Definitely worth it ☺️

Our guide was wonderful and we learned so much about Salem. This is a great tour!