The architecture tour of Salem, Massachusetts
Salem is one of the oldest cities in America, it has witnessed some of the country's devastating lows and magnificent highs and has buildings that lived through it all. From the simple, rustic cottages of frontier survival when their world was held together by religion and superstition, to the grand and imposing mansions typical of when Salem was wealthiest city in early America; all of this and more is captured in amazing detail that you can see today.
This architectural walking tour is led by an architectural historian, historic preservationist, city of Salem licensed guide and hardcore history nerd and will forever change the way you look at Salem and buildings.
The important stuff
We'll go out in rain or shine. Wear comfortable shoes, clothes and bring your curiosity!
Length: 1.5 - 2 hours.
Total walking: Up to a mile, mostly flat. Sidewalks may be wonky, it's an old city.
Free for kids under 12 and Salem, MA residents with ID.
what people think:
"Wonderful walking tour hosted by a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide! Vijay is passionate about Salem history. He begins the tour at the Daniel's House, an example of expanded first period (early 17th century) architecture. We continued on foot, looking at the facades of several homes in the maritime district, moving through the Georgian and Federalist periods and beyond. Questions and comments are welcome, and our host seems to have an endless font of knowledge about history, preservation, and architectural detail and social influence. I am a resident of this town walking in a neighborhood that I know rather well, yet I went home with an enhanced appreciation of what is right around me. Well worth it indeed!"
- Christine, TripAdvisor
Old Salem Architecture
Excellent tour. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about architecture and history it made the experience 10x better. He made recommendations of other places to check out while on our trip. Great tour if your tired of the Salem witch trials and want something different.
- Mellen, TripAdvisor
“We took two walking tours (two different tour providers) in Salem and this one with Vijay was our favorite by far. He has so much knowledge about the city - and not JUST related to the witch trials. We learned so much about how this city contributed to the growth and development of America as a colony and then country. We were able to take a personal tour (just my husband and myself) and Vijay was able to answer all our questions and personalize it to what we wanted to learn. Easily manageable walking tour. The highlight of our Salem trip”
- Jess, Facebook