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Dive deep into the centuries long history of Salem, Massachusetts. See important landmarks, including the Witch House, Hamilton Hall and historic Chestnut Street. Learn about Salem’s people and their contributions to the national story from Puritans to Patriots. This tour includes but is not just the history of the Salem Witch Trials.
More than that, listen to riveting accounts, anecdotes and interesting facts about a storied New England seaport. A history woven from its beginnings as Naumkeag, a summer settlement of Native People, to Salem as the center of the North American spice trade. This tour is perfect for someone looking for a broader view of local history on a walking tour.

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6 days ago
Kenneth was absolutely lovely. A wonderful tour guide who was as entertaining as he was knowledgeable. Despite taking this tour in October when Salem is packed, Kenneth was able to get us out of the busy areas of town to allow us to breathe a little easier as we walked the gorgeous historic neighborhoods and adorable side streets of the area. You could tell he truly enjoys what he does and cares deeply for sharing the stories of Salem with others. This tour is perfect for people who want to learn about more than just the spooky stories of Salem, all while meandering beautiful historic tree lined streets. I am unable to reccomend this tour enough. Kenneth was truly a delight and we would 100% do this again.
6 days ago
Kenneth was an exceptional tour guide - VERY knowledgeable, entertaining and full of passion for Salem's history. His stories were full of heart and I appreciated him teaching us about some of the most unique aspects of Salem, and the harrowing witch trials. My husband, teenagers and I were engrossed the entire time - it was a great history lesson for us, and enjoyable to walk around and get away from the noise and congestion and really listen to his stories while checking out some of the most important and interesting historical parts of town. Thank you, Kenneth!
October 5, 2021
The tour guide, Ken is amazing and makes you feel like you’re old friends! From joking with the group-to being packed full of interesting information, this tour was exactly what we hoped it would be! Not only did we get to see what we expected, we also saw places that weren’t expected. Ken also took the time after the tour to take pictures for us! Although, I’m curious “who” it was that was pulling my hair in the cemetery and I forgot to ask about it.
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Stop At: Salem Witch Trials Memorial, Charter St., Salem, MA 01970

The Essex county crisis of witchcrafts of 1692 with be contextualized with the larger events of the time. The Burial Point, Salem’s oldest graveyard is closed for historic preservation.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Salem Old Town Hall, 32 Derby Sq, Salem, MA 01970-3704

Discover Salem’s history as the center of the North American spice trade and it’s Canton trade.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Hamilton Hall, 9 Chestnut St Enter through door on Cambridge Street, Salem, MA 01970-3107

Visit Stately Chestnut Street and hear the story of the Assembly hall named after General Alexander Hamilton.

This is a popular and historic North Shore wedding venue.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Pickering House, 18 Broad St, Salem, MA 01970-3144

Discover the story of the Pickering family that lived in the house that John built from 1660 until 1998.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Ropes Mansion, 318 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970-3257

It’s not just for Hocus Pocus fans but a house with a storied past.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Witch House, 310 1/2 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970-3257

How did The Witch House get it’s name? Also a discussion about apotropaic or folk traditional magic and it’s place in daily New England life.

Duration: 10 minutes

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • This tour covers the history of Salem, Massachusetts. It’s not a tour whose only subject is the Salem Witch Trials.
  • We do not enter buildings on the tour.
  • I recommend using the MBTA for weekend visits in October. Demand for parking often outstrips its availability and causes significant traffic delays. Parking information at
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Monday, Tuesday and Thursday are great days to visit Salem in September and October to avoid crowds.
  • The tour is closed on Wednesday and Sunday.
  • The tour is conducted in all seasonal weather, including rain and cold. Dress accordingly.
  • Tour gathers 15 minutes prior to departure. Tour begins promptly.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • 2.5 Hour Salem History Walking Tour

  • The walking tour does not enter the historic homes interpreted.
  • Entry/Admission - Salem Witch Trials Memorial
  • Entry/Admission - Salem Old Town Hall
  • Entry/Admission - Hamilton Hall
  • Entry/Admission - Pickering House
  • Entry/Admission - Ropes Mansion
  • Entry/Admission - Witch House

2 hours 30 minutes

Return Details
Returns to original departure point

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