Salem 1630: Pioneer Village

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Salem 1630: Pioneer Village

Salem 1630: Pioneer Village
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Established in 1930, this recreated fishing village was one of America's first living history museums.
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Mary L
Reading, PA110 contributions
Sep 2021
I really wanted to see the Pioneer Village because I am a fan of Hocus Pocus. Unfortunately the village was closed and only open on Saturday and Sunday. I did get a few photos of the buildings I could see from outside the fence, but really disappointed that it wasn't open.
Written 26 September 2021
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Rosa C
4 contributions
Sep 2021 • Family
It was $5 per person. It’s self guided but I enjoyed it and so did my husband . If you are a hocus pocus fan this is definitely a place for you to stop by. Shows where binx lived and such more history. Will definitely re visit.
Written 5 September 2021
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ae1389
38 contributions
Jul 2021
On my fourth trip to Salem, I figured I'd try again to gain entry to the elusive Pioneer Village. No such luck. On Friday, the were open but hosting a kid's summer camp. They are only open on Saturdays and Sundays. Opening time was around 12-ish. Eager to finally visit, we're disappointed to learn that they're only taking cash admission that day due to their website "acting funny." After driving 14 hours and spending five days in town already, we were tired of driving around and weren't about to go out and find an ATM on a blazing hot day with plenty of mid-day traffic already piling up. Admission was $5, for those who dare *try* to enter.
Written 28 August 2021
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jv50
Beloit, WI807 contributions
Oct 2020
We had heard about the village but couldn't find it. When we finally did it was well worth the admission for sure. Wonderful replica's of a Salem village. A must see.
Written 15 November 2020
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SkateGirl314
Cumberland, RI456 contributions
Oct 2020
It is only a $5 entry fee and it is interesting however there is no signage explaining anything of what you are looking at. We just went to see the opening of Hocus Pocus and Zachary Binks 'house' from the movie. I am not sure if there are usually tours but because of COVID you basically just entered the area and walked around and could go into some of the houses.
Written 2 November 2020
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Breeona P
4 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
Awful, rude, and totally disrespectful worker ( the woman who runs it of a higher up.) Went for a tour that we paid/ made a donation, and was not allowed in. There were changes made during COVID, but she allowed other one, but not us. ( Yes we followed the mask mandate, had negative test results readily available, were polite, and ready for what she had to offer.) BUT instead she was completely disrespectful, upset our tour guide to the point of crying and had the rest of the group let down and disappointment.
Written 25 October 2020
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Jen
Mount Eden, KY10 contributions
Sep 2020
From the pictures I have seen from various places to check out in Salem such as the witch house/museum and the gable house for short, I was overall a bit disappointed. I liked it in the fact that there are numerous restaurants and witch stores to really give the visiting folks the witchy vibe but the town does the opposite. There is trash everywhere going into and out of the town. The roads are awful. Full of potholes. They are horribly uneven with horribly marked lane markers for driving. Also the very overwhelming amount of modernization that has come to the town has ruined the actual mystery and the ambience that the town probably once had, but now it overshadowed by enormous modern hotels and parking garages. The houses that are on the trip as a must see are overshadowed by the ugliness of the town and to me, it ruined the trip so much so that I probably won't go back. If you like shopping and eating, you would like it. If your a history buff trying to get the experience of going to a location rich with the history your trying to connect to, you'll be disappointed as it feels bulldozed and destroyed over by modernization. Sad part about it is, I heard other folks who were visiting saying the same thing, as we were waiting in line to get into one of the stores. The pictures of the town are misleading. Sure there is a spooky looking house but next to it is a trash pit or a busted up parking lot. Gallows hill is now underneath a Walgreens, if that gives you any insight.
Written 20 September 2020
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Stephanie B
Champlain, NY4 contributions
Oct 2019
A super Autumn scary village especially at night. A must see when you visit Salem-you will go very back in time!
Written 5 March 2020
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Revy679
Houston, TX114 contributions
Oct 2019 • Friends
So, we went and found it closed as it is not open in October...for some reason. So, if you're like us you found creative ways to get a few pictures. Standing on the bench on the bridge is the best way. Thank goodness for zoom! Haha!
The cabins in the village really look like they are from 1630, despite being built 300 years afterward.
Fun fact, the house from Hocus Pocus is right down the street too.
Written 7 November 2019
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Bri
1 contribution
Oct 2019
I've been doing the Lanterns in the Village with my friends for the last few years for our annual trip to Salem. We were completely disappointed this year. The actors and stories themselves were great..but the event is completely disorganized. You have large crowds of people walking all around, they're loud and you can hear everyone yelling while trying to listen to the actor tell the stories in the cottage, people who should really be waiting for the next group walk in, disrupt everyone, and walk right out in the middle of the stories. The people at the drink stand were SO loud you couldn't even hear the story near the fire, there were people standing in front of the campfire instead of around and blocking the actor telling the story...they were also SO loud and not even paying attention to the story, you couldn't hear anything. I've never felt more compelled to write a review until now. If this event continues they REALLY need to make it more organized, have people actually wait for the next group to listen to the stories when there's clearly no room for them, and have the staff politely ask people if they're not going to listen to the stories to please leave a space open for those who have spent money actually wanting to hear it! We will not be buying tickets next year and we are very disappointed.
Written 1 November 2019
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