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Salem 1630: Pioneer Village

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Address: Forest River Park, Salem, MA 01970
Phone Number: 978-744-8815

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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Don't Miss Because it is Out of the Main Center of Town. Great Attraction!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Robby M
Westernport, Maryland
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Arlington, Massachusetts
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 

2 Thank ColmEFabio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
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

2 Thank missyltc
Wrentham, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

This place is a little outside of downtown, but well worth the visit for only $6 (or free if you're a resident). The tour was a little over an hour. Our tour guide, John, was super animated and informative. The village is small, but because of the surrounding fence, vegetation, and water you feel as though you're away and back... More 

1 Thank JillianD82
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016

Walked us through early pilgrim history from 1624 through 1635ish. Great history lesson and lots of interactive fun for the kids. The mint leaves tasted great. Free if you went to the Witch House

1 Thank Damien D
Yarmouth, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

We planned out trip around seeing Rebecca Nurse's House and this village. I had read up on it and took the address and open dates from the website. Since it gave me the same address as The Witch House, we went there first to get our tickets planning to see both. The gentleman at the register stumbled over his words... More 

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