America's First Ghost Story

Written in 1644…
and discovered within the journal of John Winthrop. His account of strange occurrences that haunted and terrified New England’s early colonists.

Tours Available
June - September:
12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 Saturday and Sunday

At Salem’s 1630 Pioneer Village

Includes a tour of the 1630 Pioneer Village with fascinating insight into the lives of the Puritans that sailed from England to New England in 1630. Learn the history of these men, women, children and their relationships with the Native Tribes surrounding them.


$6.00 adults,
$4.00 children

Tickets available at the Witch House:

310 ½ Essex Street Salem

About Salem Pioneer Village

Recreated Puritan Village

Image courtesy of History Alive.

Built in 1930 to mark the tercentennial of Massachusetts, Pioneer Village is America's first living history museum. The village sits on three acres of land and contains various examples of colonial architecture: dugouts, wigwams, thatched roof cottages, and the Governor's Faire House. Culinary and medicinal gardens and a blacksmith shop further interpret early 17th-century colonial life.

Pioneer Village is nestled between the woods and the ocean, a ten minute drive from downtown, in Salem's Forest River Park.

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Also, if you would like to use Pioneer Village for a period event or re-enactment during the summer, please contact us for more information regarding "17th Century Saturdays."


Directions from the Old Town Hall:

From downtown Salem, follow Route 1A/114/Lafayette Street toward Marblehead. Take a left onto West Avenue and follow the road straight into Forest River Park. Pioneer Village is on the left-hand side as you are facing the ocean. Less than 10 minutes from downtown Salem.

For GPS and online directions, use Forest River Park.
Parking is free for visitors to Pioneer Village.

Public Transportation:

MBTA access -- bus routes 455 and 459 from Salem Depot (downtown Salem) to Clifton Ave (see MBTA map). Cross  Lafayette St, then follow Clifton Ave towards Forest River Park. Pioneer Village is on the left-hand side as you are facing the ocean.
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