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“Living museum showing 1630s Salem”

Salem 1630: Pioneer Village
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Owner description: Established in 1930, this recreated fishing village was one of America's first living history museums.
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“Living museum showing 1630s Salem”
Reviewed October 8, 2012

This is a replica of the original settlements of Salem showing what the first buildings must have looked like before it was a town to a few representative structures of the town. There is a garden with period plants, a working kitchen, and a blacksmith shop. One of the museum people told me she cooks food as the Puritans did and even cooks their recipes which she says are quite tasty. At least two different blacksmiths work at the museum. You can watch them work and view the bay.

Visited October 2012
1 Thank shehall
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Dallas, Texas
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88 reviews
37 attraction reviews
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“Small dose of living history”
Reviewed August 1, 2012

Just outside the Salem town center (5 min drive), this is a charming tour of a re-creation of 1630s Salem.

It's located behind a baseball diamond/park, which will be the first thing you see. Park in the lot and look for the signs.

Three-four living history characters explain the setting. It's a very good sense of pioneer life: homes, interiors, gardens, work centers -- all in a limited space, which could be especially good for keeping an eye on smaller children.

Cautions: Dirt paths, so mind your shoe wear, and in keeping with authenticity, it is not very wheelchair accessible. There are also no bathrooms here.

The buildings are clustered so that you're not walking very far. Trees provide plenty of shade over the entire area. 1-1.5 hours is enough time to cover the tour and your own exploring.

Horses in this time period weren't shod, but the guy who looks like a blacksmith gives an entertaining talk.

I'd definitely come back here, especially if I had limited time, had small children, or didn't want to drive any further for a living history experience.

Visited July 2012
2 Thank Jamie-SoloTraveler
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Hopewell Junction, New York
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10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“doesn't open until late June!!!!”
Reviewed May 29, 2012

The guide book I got from the hotel didn't say when it opened. We drove all the way there and it doesn't open for another month!

Visited May 2012
5 Thank piscesgmt
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Salem, Massachusetts
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37 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Out of the way, and worth the walk”
Reviewed May 29, 2012

This is a true to history experience. Terrific tour and structures.

Visited June 2011
2 Thank John A
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Paducah, Kentucky
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37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Visited just cause we were close by”
Reviewed May 5, 2012

Did not do alot for us but we toured around the old town just because it is apart of history. spent a couple of hours here looking around. Thats about it.

Visited April 2012
Thank Jenzie59
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