Salem 1630: Pioneer Village

Salem 1630: Pioneer Village

Salem 1630: Pioneer Village
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Established in 1930, this recreated fishing village was one of America's first living history museums.
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Alex
Danbury5 contributions
Oct 2022 • Solo
It was cute, short but cute. It really gives that hocus pocus feel specially during fall season. Its very very small so it took me 10 min to see it.
TIP #1 : if you come before it opens, you don’t have to stand in line for that long. So you don’t need to be standing in line for 40 min before they open. The line goes so fast that you will get in under 10 min.
TIP #2: Bring CASH! Just in case. I came in the morning and their online ticket purchase link wasn’t working and I didn’t bring cash. I had to come back later with cash and by the time i got there, their link was working again. I wasted time.
Written October 17, 2022
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Jen
Mount Eden, KY10 contributions
Sep 2020
From the pictures I have seen from various places to check out in Salem such as the witch house/museum and the gable house for short, I was overall a bit disappointed. I liked it in the fact that there are numerous restaurants and witch stores to really give the visiting folks the witchy vibe but the town does the opposite. There is trash everywhere going into and out of the town. The roads are awful. Full of potholes. They are horribly uneven with horribly marked lane markers for driving. Also the very overwhelming amount of modernization that has come to the town has ruined the actual mystery and the ambience that the town probably once had, but now it overshadowed by enormous modern hotels and parking garages. The houses that are on the trip as a must see are overshadowed by the ugliness of the town and to me, it ruined the trip so much so that I probably won't go back. If you like shopping and eating, you would like it. If your a history buff trying to get the experience of going to a location rich with the history your trying to connect to, you'll be disappointed as it feels bulldozed and destroyed over by modernization. Sad part about it is, I heard other folks who were visiting saying the same thing, as we were waiting in line to get into one of the stores. The pictures of the town are misleading. Sure there is a spooky looking house but next to it is a trash pit or a busted up parking lot. Gallows hill is now underneath a Walgreens, if that gives you any insight.
Written September 20, 2020
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ae1389
41 contributions
Jul 2021
On my fourth trip to Salem, I figured I'd try again to gain entry to the elusive Pioneer Village. No such luck. On Friday, the were open but hosting a kid's summer camp. They are only open on Saturdays and Sundays. Opening time was around 12-ish. Eager to finally visit, we're disappointed to learn that they're only taking cash admission that day due to their website "acting funny." After driving 14 hours and spending five days in town already, we were tired of driving around and weren't about to go out and find an ATM on a blazing hot day with plenty of mid-day traffic already piling up. Admission was $5, for those who dare *try* to enter.
Written August 28, 2021
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lovefood
Dallas, TX205 contributions
Oct 2022
Everyone should come here on their visit to Salem.

I appreciated the distance as we had no crowds on a October weekend afternoon. The fall foliage around the village and surrounding houses are also gorgeous so highly recommend a walk and sit to take it all in!

The village is fascinating. I loved visiting "Binx's home", but also learning about the pioneers and more importantly, the Naumkeag tribe. This indigenous tribe was way more progressive than the pioneers, letting their women vote and own property. I'm glad the village focused on the tribe as well as I would NOT have wanted to live as a pioneer woman.

Learning about indigenous history is so important and I am glad this village is contributing to that as well as letting you learn about pioneer history as well.
Written October 18, 2022
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Beth F
3 contributions
Jul 2022
This "heritage village" in Salem, with buildings dating back to its earliest days, could be so much more! Please go and see it. What they do have is incredibly interesting. For only $5, which I pray is being put towards building the place up, you can see what little they have. There are 4-5 buildings, with only 2 open for viewing. One incredible lady was working, and answering everyone's questions.

If they city/state were to invest in this it could be so much more! Also, I know the indians played an important role, but the village is about the pioneers and how they survived. Maybe make a separate section for the Indians. I kind of felt that they were pushing the Indian theme over the pioneer piece. Just my thoughts.
Written August 5, 2022
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SkateGirl314
Cumberland, RI500 contributions
Oct 2020
It is only a $5 entry fee and it is interesting however there is no signage explaining anything of what you are looking at. We just went to see the opening of Hocus Pocus and Zachary Binks 'house' from the movie. I am not sure if there are usually tours but because of COVID you basically just entered the area and walked around and could go into some of the houses.
Written November 2, 2020
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Tracy LaGa
9 contributions
Aug 2022 • Friends
Very interesting little village. Great artifacts and information. Highlight for us of course was seeing where "BINX" was from. It is a small village and only takes about 15mins to go thru. Also a short walk from the village to Max's house.
Written August 21, 2022
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Ra R
3 contributions
Oct 2022 • Friends
This will take you 10 minutes to go through, your guides leave by 2:30. It’s literally in the middle of a residential area. It’s about a 35 min walk from the main area in salem.
Download the parking app to pay for parking. It’s $0.50 an hour.
You will need the parking app durning your trip if you have a car in Salem. After having a car, I would never suggest getting a car. Uber train ferry your way around.
Written October 3, 2022
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Mary L
Reading, PA144 contributions
Sep 2021
I really wanted to see the Pioneer Village because I am a fan of Hocus Pocus. Unfortunately the village was closed and only open on Saturday and Sunday. I did get a few photos of the buildings I could see from outside the fence, but really disappointed that it wasn't open.
Written September 26, 2021
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Holly C
7 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
The person at the entrance was very helpful and informative. The homes and buildings are remarkably well kept, and have good information posted. It was fun looking at the ones used in filming Hocus Pocus as well! A very nice side trip.
Written July 11, 2022
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