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Salem 1630: Pioneer Village
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Ranked #40 of 84 things to do in Salem
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Owner description: Established in 1930, this recreated fishing village was one of America's first living history museums.
Reviewed July 1, 2013

Salem is an excellent tour that is well marked and worthy of everyone's visit. Beautiful city with so much to see. Perfectly great for families or couples...

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Reviewed October 16, 2012

It takes all of ten minutes to circle the entire area of Pioneer Village, but once you enter some of the houses and listen to the local blacksmith, you've spent an hour trying to imagine how people could survive back then. Great for kids.

3  Thank Buffykins
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

We really appreciated walking through the different styles of homes that would have been built by the early settlers of Salem. The staff was very friendly and able to give us some really good information.

One note: we walked here from downtown Salem and it took about 30 minutes each way. We had a beautiful Fall day and enjoyed the journey (which was hill-free and had side walks the entire way)...but would recommend driving for most people. :)

2  Thank MonroeMama
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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.

1  Thank shehall
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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.

2  Thank Jamie-SoloTraveler
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