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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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Fun stroll back in time in scenic setting

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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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Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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3 Thank missyltc
Wrentham, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

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2 Thank Damien D
Yarmouth, Maine
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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2 Thank Mannaly
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

Absolute gem and fantastic tour guides made this so fun. Loved getting to view scenes from a movie I love so much as well as informative history lessons from experts. Must see in Salem!

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

This is an adorable village with friendly staff who dress and act in period. The details were awesome. It was so interesting to see how they lived in the past from their clothes, to food to housing and farming the land. Very interesting.

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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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1 Thank genwings
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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