Bewitched After Dark Walking Tours of Salem

Bewitched After Dark Walking Tours of Salem

Bewitched After Dark Walking Tours of Salem
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Where the history is more frightening than fiction. Fun and informative tours led by local Salem historians. Learn what really happened in 1692 and many other facets of Salem's amazing history. Day and evening tours available.
Salem, Massachusetts

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2022

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SJerseygrle
Merchantville, NJ16 contributions
Nov 2021
This tour is a mix of history, with some woo-woo mixed in, whereas a lot of the tours are simply ghost tours. Gives the sad history of the witch trials and the people who were a part of them. Don't miss this tour! Sara was a great tour guide!
Written February 23, 2022
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Nakvad7
3 contributions
Sep 2015 • Couples
This is by far the best tour I have ever taken, not just in Salem, but on any trip I have ever taken. I've taken historical tours in London, Williamsburg, Dublin, Gettysburg, DC, you name it, and this tour is still better. Jeff is such a fun and informative tour guide. He really paints the witch trials and their aftermath in a way that most accounts I've watched or read haven't. I constantly felt engaged in the tour and never once found my mind wandering to other things. Jeff even recommended a couple restaurants and bars that my boyfriend and I went to afterwards and were blown away by. Take this tour for an incredible look at historical Salem, debunking of famous ghost myths, and to just hang out with an awesome Salem native. I absolutely loved it and you will, too!
Written September 9, 2015
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kymichael
Los Angeles, CA10 contributions
Oct 2016 • Couples
The short version: Allison gave the best and most fascinatingly in-depth history tour of Salem I can imagine, and one of the best history tours I've ever been on anywhere. If you're comparing different history tours of Salem, hers is the best. If you're considering things to do in the Boston area, historic Salem makes for a great day trip. If you don't like history, would prefer a ghost tour to a history tour, or don't have the attention span or physical stamina for a fact-filled two-hour walking tour, then you should look elsewhere.

The longer (longest?) version: Salem, Massachusetts, about a half-hour train ride north of downtown Boston and closer to an hour by ferry, exerts a sufficiently outsized influence on American culture that each October it swells to three times its normal size of 40,000 people, drawing crowds who are still rightly fascinated by the tragic events that transpired here more than 300 years ago. If you're considering a visit to Salem, then you have doubtless already heard of the witch trials of 1692. But did you also know that Salem has ties to Nathaniel Hawthorne, Alexander Graham Bell, and Samantha Stephens? You can learn about all of the above on Bewitched After Dark's fantastic two-hour walking tour.

Tours of Salem generally fall into one of two categories: history tours and ghost tours. This tour falls into the former category; if it's the latter you're after, then you'll find no shortage of excellent options elsewhere. But if you're up for two hours on your feet and you want all the history you can handle, there's no better option.

For a bit more than two spellbinding (pun fully intended) hours, Allison brought Salem's past to life in vivid detail, conjuring up the lives of each of the victims of the witch trials and placing those facts into proper historical context. Her presentation was impressively detailed and scrupulously balanced. She obviously knows the history of the town inside and out, supporting her claims with extensive readings of primary sources and even revealing a personal connection to the period. In short, she loves Salem, and that love comes across clearly in her passionate presentation.

As noted above, the history of Salem includes much more than the witch trials, and on Allison's tour you'll hear about all of it. She is quick on her feet with a sharp sense of humor that breaks up what might otherwise prove to be an overwhelming sense of melancholy, and yet her deep appreciation of the place allows her to convey, for example, the somber and thoughtful symbolism of the memorial.

Just as impressively, Allison deftly navigated the October crowds and craziness, handling on the fly obstacles that might have thrown a lesser guide for a loop. She also did something I have never seen on any other historical tour (and I say this as someone who has been on at least three people's fair share of them): whereas most tour guides offer up a general, "No-questions?-okay-thanks-bye," and beat it, Allison took the time to personally greet and thank each guest, patiently answering questions long after the formal tour had ended with her characteristic knowledge, wit, and passion. On that basis -- if not long before -- it was clear to us that she really loved her work and put her whole heart into it. And when you find that kind of guide, you're pretty much guaranteed to have a good experience.

It should be noted that the tour isn't for everyone. Keep in mind that two hours on your feet is probably longer than most tours you've been on before; a couple of people on our tour overestimated their own abilities and struggled to the finish line. If you don't have two hours' worth of attention for the history of Salem, then you should likewise choose a shorter tour. Little kids will probably lose interest long before the end, and the true history of the witch trials is genuinely terrifying. Allison doesn't trump it up, but she does her best to make you feel the weight of it, as well she should; if you think your child is too young to cope with the image of loved ones tugging on the ankles of their family members mid-hanging as an act of mercy to speed the strangulation, then your child is probably too young for the tour. Finally, if you're looking for insight into the paranormal or supernatural elements of Salem, you'll almost certainly be disappointed with Allison's firmly fact-based treatment -- but through no fault of Allison's. The two types of tours would complement each other well. If you only have time or money or attention for one, though, then take the time to see what you're getting into (he says, a thousand words into his review) instead of choosing blindly and then blaming the tour company for the mismatch between your expectations and their delivery. Genre is no joke. Caveat emptor.

If it's Salem history you're after, then Allison is the best in the business. Full stop. You can thank me (or her, I guess) later.
Written October 4, 2016
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Shawn
Williamsburg, VA53 contributions
Oct 2015 • Couples
As others have said....this is NOT a ghost tour. This is by far the best history tour you will go on while in Salem if not the best tour PERIOD you go on while in Salem. We were lucky enough to spend time with "The Jeff"! He is passionate about the history of Salem and really knows his history. I highly recommend to anyone looking for an amazing detailed tour. Thank you Jeff for a great tour!
Written October 5, 2015
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Heather H
Orlando, FL4 contributions
Aug 2015 • Family
My family and I took a road trip recently and Massachusetts was one of our stops. This walking tour was BY FAR my favorite part of our trip. Our guide was so knowledgeable about every detail and unveiled stories as if you were walking through the area during that era. He also had a pleasant sense of humor about the common misconceptions on how the majority of society views witches. My 3 young girls (10, 8, & 2) were not at all scared so it is recommended for all ages. I have already highly recommended this to everyone and will continue to do so.
Written August 28, 2015
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Gaelic_Gypsy
Seymour, CT240 contributions
Jul 2015 • Family
Driving to Maine on a family vacation, we were looking for midway point to break up the trip - Salem was the perfect fit. A quaint city on the water, it is rich in history and offers attractions for every age. Salem has reinvented itself many times in its history and much of the current commerce comes from tourism centered around the city's witch trial history.

Bewitched After Dark Walking Tours is led by Jeff Page, a Salem native and historian. Just a few minutes into the tour, it is readily apparent that Jeff loves this city and has done a tremendous amount of research to provide a memorable learning experience. And, it is a learning experience, albeit delivered in an entertaining and casual fashion. Jeff takes his charges on a meandering stroll through Salem, stopping frequently (at least 20 times) to provide information about the city in general or the witch trials specifically. Architecture, trade, commerce, the justice system, witchcraft, restaurants, Puritan lifestyle, modern day witchcraft, and many more topics are covered in the more than 2 hour walk. The focus, however, is Salem's witch trial history and Jeff does an incredible job explaining how and why this tragedy (and it truly was a tragedy and a travesty) occurred. Jeff does a great job bringing to life the events and the people. You will come to know the who these people were.

Bewitched tours are very popular and our group had in excess of 30 people. Despite the large number, Jeff was great at keeping everyone together and waiting until everyone was together before speaking. He does use a personal microphone and speaker which is of great benefit and I don't think anyone missed any part of the presentation. The tours go on rain or shine, so bring and umbrella if you think it might rain. Finally, despite the somewhat somber nature of this period in history, I found nothing in Jeff's presentation that would be objectionable to children in their teens. Younger children might be troubled by some of the historically accurate descriptions and accounts.
Written August 4, 2015
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Ed H
Rockaway, NJ1 contribution
Oct 2013 • Couples
I usually don't like to do the tourist stuff but decided to take this tour because it focused on the historic Salem. Jeff was a great tour guide, and since he is a Salem native, knew everything about the city that you could want to know. Very knowledgeable and humorous, willing to answer questions, and a good story teller. We visited many historical sites and not just ones related to the witch trials. Did you know Salem was the site of the first long distance telephone call? I didn't but it happened right in Salem. Very good tour and guide.
Written November 5, 2013
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Ann B
2 contributions
Jul 2021
Jeff was our tour guide and this was an extensive, detailed tour of Salem highlighting historical aspects. As a retired historian and teacher we were impressed. It was one of the best evening or haunted tours we have ever attended and we have been on several. Don’t miss this- well worth the admission fee.
Written July 20, 2021
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Brandy H
Mount Pleasant, WI82 contributions
We had the pleasure of having Jeff as our guide. He was extremely factual and educational. We never lost interest, including our 11- year old. Highly recommend this tour!
Written August 18, 2019
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pandentom
Princeton, NJ28 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
We wanted more than just another Ghost Tour and this delivered. Historically focused and informative, we walked away from the tour with a new perspective on Salem. Can feel a little lengthy, however, we got into it and the time passed fast. Tour guide is passionate and knowledgeable.
Written August 14, 2018
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