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Salem 1630: Pioneer Village

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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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Interesting, though short tour

The village is interesting and a good visual representation of history. Our guide was great, though the tour was shorter than we'd anticipated. It's a fun way to learn about 17th... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
pumpkinwhiss
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Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
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Romeoville, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were not able to get in the Village as we were there on a weekday. They are only open on the weekend (and by all accounts, even that is spotty), and only operates June through September. The Village sits behind a baseball field, and looks very run down from the outside. Even still, we were disappointed not to be... More 

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Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The village is interesting and a good visual representation of history. Our guide was great, though the tour was shorter than we'd anticipated. It's a fun way to learn about 17th century life (and was a filming location for "Hocus Pocus")

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1 Thank pumpkinwhiss
New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Gave alot of information about life at that time. Tour guides were pleasant and informative- worth the stop

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2016

I'm a historian and history teacher. I've been to MANY historical sites all over the world. This place is tiny, sketchy, falling apart, and not worth your time. It's surrounded by a chain link fence and even looks like a tourist trap. If you want to see a real living history museum, go to Old Sturbridge Village. I would highly... More 

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Westernport, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2016

This is one of the few sites in Salem that has NOT been created into a historically inaccurate tourist trap! This is a great little living history center that you go through on a guided tour (offered twice a day during the summer) by a living historian. This gives you a good idea of what the original Puritans to the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2016

The pioneer village is a bit off the beaten track, but definitely worth the trip, maybe five or so minutes drive from the centre of town or a 25-30 minute walk. Situated quite literally at the end of the road, the village provides some very interesting insight into the circumstances encountered by the first settlers. Our presenter, clad in period... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016 via mobile

Love taking this walk through history. Our tour guide was very knowledgable about the history and very willing to answer any questions we had. A little away from all the attraction but well worth the short drive. :)

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Warwick, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

Pioneer Village is a wonderful replica of what life was like in 1630 New England. Jane was my tour guide and she was fabulous! She answered all of my questions, and I had a lot of questions! She will be teaching colonial dancing at the Spice Festival that is held at the village every September. The festival is not to... More 

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Rhondda, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

After researching for info online, telephoning on the day, travelling to Salem – the place was closed!! Did the online research, some conflicting info about opening times. Some said open on Fri, Sat & Sun; others did not mention Fri. Eventually found a telephone number to contact – yey. No answer on it until Friday midday after trying since Monday.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

Great fun for kids especially since they interact with historical characters in traditional games and learn about everyday life. Pretty setting for a picnic after the visit or just photos and relaxing

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