The seaside city of Salem is well known for its infamous Witch Hunts three centuries ago and its special nautical heritage dating back to the China Trade. On this tour you'll visit the Salem Witch Museum and experience Salem's historic waterfront. A visit to the Salem Witch Museum brings you back to the Salem of 1692. Using stage sets, life-size figures, lighting and narration, you'll learn about the Witch Trials of 1692. You'll also have time to explore the ‘Witches: Evolving Perceptions' exhibit which examines the stereotypical witch aspect of witchcraft in the 17th century, modern witchcraft and the phenomenon of witch hunts. In addition, you'll visit the Witch Memorial and the Point Burying Ground where one of the 'witch' judges is buried (an ancestor of Nathaniel Hawthorne). Then take in Salem's picturesque Derby Wharf, dating back to the fabled China Trade period after the Revolution, when Salem's Yankee Clipper ships sailed around the globe to Canton and the South Seas and Salem was the wealthiest city in the United States. You'll have time to independently explore the historic buildings along the waterfront, snap a photo of 'Friendship,' a replica clipper ship and one of the fastest sailing vessels ever built, or simply relax and browse the unique shops on the wharf. Before your return drive to Boston, enjoy a drive down Chestnut Street, considered by many to be the most beautiful residential streets in America.
Note: This tour will require walking and standing for approximately 40 minutes at the Witch Museum. Walking in Salem is at your discretion. There is a gift shop available in the Witch Museum and a variety of shops along Salem's waterfront. Witch Museum is wheelchair accessible however some of the shops in town are not. Tour itinerary may vary due to traffic conditions.
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