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Address: Forest River Park, Salem, MA 01970
Phone Number: 978-744-8815
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Established in 1930, this recreated fishing village was one of America's...

Established in 1930, this recreated fishing village was one of America's first living history museums.

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tour guides and buildings tell of Salem's beginnings

Tour guides dressed in period clothing take you through several different styled homes, from a seemingly abandoned Native American home that the first settlers appropriated for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 20, 2015
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38 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

Tour guides dressed in period clothing take you through several different styled homes, from a seemingly abandoned Native American home that the first settlers appropriated for themselves to the more elaborate governor's house. When we visited, not all the buildings were open (since the attraction has fallen in disrepair after being closed on and off since it was first built... More 

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North Shore, MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

I recently toured Pioneer Village, my first time there in over 50 years! Not much has changed (though the site was closed for many years, and in recent decades, it has been operated by several different entities). This living history museum (the first in the US) continues to provide an interesting, up-close view of life in an early colonial settlement.... More 

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South Toms River, New Jersey, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Unfortunately we got here too late to get in. We had been looking for the opening scene for the Hocus Pocus movie where Thackery Binks lived. We could see quite a bit through the chain link fence but definitely plan on getting into this place on our next visit

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Thank Carol C
Bearcreek
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

Wonderful little 1600 village set up at the edge of the water. There are actors throughout the village who inform you about A day in the life of a typical person of the time. A must see when in Salem.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015 via mobile

This village was so cute and the guides were extremely informative. The only heads up I have is that they are only open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in October (I'm unsure of June-Sept) and the tours start on the dot! Very family friendly and located near a park and right off the ocean.

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Temple, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

Pioneer Village, the village that relives the time of settlement in New England during the 1600s and shows the progression in technology of how dwellings (to eventual homes) were created and lived in by the average man. While the city has recently seen this as a place they want to remove in the foreseeable future, I 100% disagree. This valid... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015 via mobile

You get to see how they use to live in the 1600's. It's very informative. A lot of picture opportunities.If you have a flexible itinerary I would accommodate this; it's just six dollars and you are learning some history here. Beware that it only opens on weekends and at ceratain hours. You can call the Witch House for info since... More 

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Fairport Harbor, Ohio, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Our tour guide was great and talked about the village of Salem in the 1600's. The village is in the process of undergoing repairs and should be great once completed.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

My husband I went to Salem to check out the Spice Festival which was being held on the grounds. I had not known the Pioneer Village was there since it is about a mile from the other museums. It is a small area in Forest River Park that backs up to the water. There are several early settler style houses,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015 via mobile

My friend and I stopped on our way home in Salem to visit the Spice Festival and we were not disappointed! We enjoyed the period costumes, the vendors, and the overall atmosphere. The village was well setup and we were able to explore the big house and watch the blacksmith. We also heard a great presentation about the herbs commonly... More 

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