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Established in 1930, this recreated fishing village was one of America's first living history museums.
Forest River Park, Salem, MA 01970
+1 978-744-8815
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great spot for Halloween/Fall photos. Village is very small but beautiful. Interesting to see the sizes of homes and how people lived in the 1600s. Fun to see location of scenes in Hocus Pocus. The Hocus Pocus house is close by as well. Worth a...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here first thing in the morning to catch a glimpse of where they shot the opening scenes to Hocus Pocus. One of the volunteers opened the gate a few minutes early, everyone was friendly and informative. While this is a historic site, the...More

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Reviewed September 10, 2018 via mobile

They are open although they don’t look it. It’s 1 guy and he is actually informative but you get locked in. Literarily there’s 1 sign saying walk around the fence to the boat launch and he will let you in. It’s locked and looks deserted....More

2  Thank della12350
Reviewed September 10, 2018

The site is currently under construction within Forest River Park (which is beautiful and worth the trip anyway, though I couldn't find public restrooms on site), but I checked on Pioneer Village's FB page and they had set times for guided tours over the weekend,...More

2  Thank Kelly O
Reviewed August 15, 2018 via mobile

Very much closed. Very much in need of repairs. We were looking forward to going but found it fenced off, shabby looking and closed. Very disappointing.

1  Thank SmallTownGypsy
Reviewed July 29, 2018 via mobile

There was a detour sign, but it looks like it has been closed for awhile. When we called the phone number on their website, it directed us to to the Witch House. It was nice, but not what we were trying to see. 😞

3  Thank Dawn H
Reviewed July 15, 2018 via mobile

I really wanted to visit the pioneer village but when we arrived it was closed and there was construction around it. Nowhere on the website, the Salem guidebooks, or anywhere implied it would not be open so I was really disappointed. They should be more...More

7  Thank MelissaClaire93
Reviewed November 5, 2017 via mobile

I originally went here because we were looking around for the sites they used for the hocus pocus movie, which I believe this area was used for the opening scene. It was closed when we got there but we were still able to see the...More

3  Thank kaylamI1506BR
Reviewed October 24, 2017 via mobile

Hard to see what it looks like at night, so can’t really comment on the authenticity of the village. The inside of the houses was very authentic and cool. The stories were good and the readers really seemed to enjoy what they do. We thought...More

1  Thank Mike D
Reviewed October 19, 2017 via mobile

My husband and I went to Salem last weekend for our first wedding anniversary. We both love Halloween and Friday the 13th. We bought tickets to the Tales at the Witch House and the Dark Of Night at the Pioneer Villages. I wish someone would...More

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Linda H
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You could also buy tickets and find info at the Witch house...