The Salem Witch Trials happened over 300 years ago, and it has been dramatized in books, documentaries, movies, and even TV shows. Over the years it has been presented so many times in so many ways that the line between fact and fiction gets blurred.
Our walking tour seeks to debunk any misconceptions you might have about the Salem Witch Trials, by sharing historic images, documents, and locations to uncover these myths and discover the truth behind this infamous time period in Salem’s history.
All walking tour tickets include entry to our documentary film Salem Witch Hunt: Examine the Evidence which features authentic dialogue taken from court transcripts and commentary by renowned Salem Witch Trial scholars. Scenes depicted in the film were shot at actual locations associated with the Witch Trials of 1692. (Film is shown 11:00am,1:00pm and 3:00pm) You can choose to see the film before or after your walking tour.
How long is the tour and where does it go?
The tour lasts 60-75 minutes, and travels less than 1 mile around downtown Salem. The tour includes stops at the Salem Witch Trials Memorial, and the site of the original 17th century jail.
Where does this tour leave from?
All tours leave from in front of the Salem Armory Visitor Center at 2 New Liberty Street.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket?
You do not need to print our your tickets you can just show the confirmation email to the tour guide or staff at the Essex Heritage Information Desk.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
For detailed information about parking/transportation to Salem in October CLICK HERE
Is this tour handicap accessible?
Not entirely, a few of the areas that the tour goes are uneven, narrow, or dirt paths that are not easily navigated with wheelchairs or motorized scooters. Please also be aware that the tour lasts 60-75 minutes and does not include places to sit so be prepared to stand the entire time.
For any questions and information please call (978)224-2036 or email KathrynR@EssexHeritage.org
PLEASE NOTE: We will only cancel the tour due to extreme rain, so be prepared for any kind of weather as October temperatures can be unpredictable, and this tour takes place entirely outdoors. Ticket holders will be notified by email or text if we decide to cancel last minute.
REFUNDS WILL NOT BE ISSUED IF YOU MISS YOUR TOUR DUE TO PARKING OR TRAFFIC ISSUES; TRAFFIC IS HEAVY IN OCTOBER, AND PARKING IS EXTREMELY LIMITED, PLEASE PLAN IN ADVANCE TO ARRIVE ON TIME.
The city has an interactive parking map for the downtown CLICK HERE to view that.