Witch Hysteria and Maritime History awaits you...
The city of Salem is inextricably linked to the Witchcraft Hysteria of the 1690’s.
This connection is the lure that brings thousands of visitors each year. To learn more about the Witchcraft Hysterica, you can visit the Salem Witch Museum. Here you
will view a multi-media presentation chronicling the dark events of 1692.
Salem also has a glorious maritime history and splendid architecture. Some of the finest 18th Century houses in America can be found here, evidence of the wealth amassed by Salem's ship captains. Not to be missed attractions include The House
of the Seven Gables, one of the first “mansions” in the 17th Century. It was made famous in 1851 by the Salem author, Nathaniel Hawthorne, when he wrote The House of the Seven Gables.
The newly reopened PEM—Peabody Essex Museum, just completed a 128 million dollar renovation. Come and see this world class museum in the heart of Salem. This is the oldest continuously-operating museum in the United States. Founded in 1799 by the mariners and merchants of the East India Marine Society,
it houses artifacts collected during voyages around the world. The original court documents from the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 may also be on exhibit. Take
an afternoon lighthouse cruise if your group has time to see the beautiful shoreline.
In Marblehead, you can visit Abbot Hall and view the famous painting, the
“Spirit of ‘76.” Enjoy a ride through the narrow and winding streets of Old Town, and visit Castle Rock where you will be provided with a spectacular view of the Atlantic Ocean. In Marblehead Harbor, you will see many yachts and sailboats that make this place a “picture perfect New England Town.”
The Salem area offers you a fine selection of first class restaurants – from elegant
dining experiences to the more casual atmosphere. You will have a delicious dining experience, whatever you choose. Spend time on Pickering Wharf browsing the
shops before heading for home.
From Salem, you can add on the Gloucester & Rockport Tour to make a full
day of touring. Follow the scenic gold coast route with your guide to Gloucester. This shore road takes you through quaint towns rich with history and past large estates that were once summer homes to the wealthy. Your guide will tell you about
the Singing Beach and the summer White House of William H. Taft on route.