Pioneer Village: America's first living-history museum

Pioneer Village Salem 1630 photo by Rex Passion
Photo: © Rex Passion, 2007

The site was originally created in 1930 to commemorate the 300th anniversary of Salem. It features a three-acre, recreated Puritan village, and allows visitors the opportunity to participate in activities from the lives of Salem's earliest English settlers.

Visitors can gain an appreciation for the spirit of these settlers as they imagine how their lives may have been. Rather than simply read about them, one can see in action a blacksmith's shop, a sawmill, gardens, fireplaces, a Dugout, a Wigwam, and thatched roof cottages and the "Governor's House".

The museum underwent a renovation under the supervision of Salem Preservation, Inc. from 2003 until Spring 2008 when Gordon College (Massachusetts) took over its management along with Old Town Hall. Their theater group History Alive! stages performances there now as well as manage the museum's use as a set for hire.

The village is featured in one of our Salem Tales stories by Jim McAllister.

For more information as well as visiting hours and directions, please visit: Salem Pioneer Village 1630