Exploring Salem’s Heritage: Hawthorne, Haunts and Historic Masterpieces
With a local historian, explore the artistic legacy, maritime history, Colonial Era architecture and notorious witch trials that make Salem, Mass. one of America’s most unique cities.
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Program No. 1571RJ
5 days
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In 1692, controversial witch trials made the city of Salem, Massachusetts famous — but there is so much more to this dynamic city! Discover the remarkable historical, architectural and cultural heritage of one of America's oldest communities. Through lively illustrated lectures, walking excursions and visits to historic sites, relive the excitement of Salem's lucrative maritime trade and enjoy the grace and beauty of its magnificent mansions. Visit the world-renowned Peabody Essex Museum to see Yin Yu Tang, an authentic 17th-century Chinese house, and enjoy the museum's outstanding collection of art and antiques.
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On Your Feet
Light walking over uneven ground.
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Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn about the 1692 Witch Trials and today's theories of how this blight on American history was allowed to occur.
  • Follow the footsteps of Nathaniel Hawthorne on a Salem Literary Trail ending at the House of Seven Gables.
  • Join historian Jim McAllister for a look at American Impressionism, and learn why many artists came to the region.
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Jim McAllister
Jim McAllister is a Salem historian, photographer, author and teacher, and serves as a historic consultant to the City of Salem and the Hawthorne Hotel. A graduate of Stonehill College, his photographs of Salem have appeared in numerous publications, and he is the author of “Salem: From Naumkeag to Witch City” and co-author of “Salem: Cornerstones of a Historic City.” Jim has appeared on both the “History Channel” and “Home and Garden TV.”
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