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Salem 1630: Pioneer Village

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Address: Forest River Park, Salem, MA 01970
Phone Number: +1 978-744-8815
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Established in 1930, this recreated fishing village was one of America's...

Established in 1930, this recreated fishing village was one of America's first living history museums.

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I've been here before and enjoyed it very much. I tried to go again when I was in town but they are only open on weekends and not open in October. You can wander around the... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 October 2016
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

I've been here before and enjoyed it very much. I tried to go again when I was in town but they are only open on weekends and not open in October. You can wander around the outskirts a bit and there is a nice park right next to it as well.

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Nutley, New Jersey
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

I bought tickets to the special event Dark of the Night and was very disappointed all around. They had no information up on their website or Facebook page. I wasn't even sure what the event actually was. I booked it because I have done a night time Pioneer Village event in the past and it was great. The event this... More 

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Romeoville, Illinois
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

We were not able to get in the Village as we were there on a weekday. They are only open on the weekend (and by all accounts, even that is spotty), and only operates June through September. The Village sits behind a baseball field, and looks very run down from the outside. Even still, we were disappointed not to be... More 

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Bellefonte, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

The village is interesting and a good visual representation of history. Our guide was great, though the tour was shorter than we'd anticipated. It's a fun way to learn about 17th century life (and was a filming location for "Hocus Pocus")

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New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Gave alot of information about life at that time. Tour guides were pleasant and informative- worth the stop

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

I'm a historian and history teacher. I've been to MANY historical sites all over the world. This place is tiny, sketchy, falling apart, and not worth your time. It's surrounded by a chain link fence and even looks like a tourist trap. If you want to see a real living history museum, go to Old Sturbridge Village. I would highly... More 

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Westernport, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

This is one of the few sites in Salem that has NOT been created into a historically inaccurate tourist trap! This is a great little living history center that you go through on a guided tour (offered twice a day during the summer) by a living historian. This gives you a good idea of what the original Puritans to the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

The pioneer village is a bit off the beaten track, but definitely worth the trip, maybe five or so minutes drive from the centre of town or a 25-30 minute walk. Situated quite literally at the end of the road, the village provides some very interesting insight into the circumstances encountered by the first settlers. Our presenter, clad in period... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

Love taking this walk through history. Our tour guide was very knowledgable about the history and very willing to answer any questions we had. A little away from all the attraction but well worth the short drive. :)

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Warwick, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Pioneer Village is a wonderful replica of what life was like in 1630 New England. Jane was my tour guide and she was fabulous! She answered all of my questions, and I had a lot of questions! She will be teaching colonial dancing at the Spice Festival that is held at the village every September. The festival is not to... More 

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