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WELCOME TO SALEM

Come and explore the rich, mysterious history of New England's most loved 17th-century city! Witch City Walking Tours is an award-winning, highly rated, tour company located in historic Salem, Massachusetts.

With your licensed guide, explore the social, political and environmental influences which spread mass hysteria, causing the infamous Salem Witch Trials of 1692. Discover how Salem became a world-class seaport, creating some of the wealthiest families in America. Stroll the cobblestone lined streets McIntire district, taking in some of the most stunning architecture in the country on beautiful Chestnut Street. The night ends at the the somber Witch Trials Memorial, adjacent to the 1637 Burial Ground, the oldest cemetery in Salem and second oldest in the country.

Acclaimed as one of Salem's "must-do tours", Witch City Walking Tours is suitable for guests of all ages.

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Mysteries & Murders (90 minutes)
For those who prefer a slightly *darker* perspective of the city. Your guide brings to life the true stories of murder, myth and macabre.

History & Hauntings (120 minutes)
History, hauntings, the Salem Witch Trials, architecture and hidden gems. On our 6:30PM tour, you'll be guided through the cobblestone-lined streets by the glow of lantern light.

Get ready for a mysterious journey through almost 400 years of Salem’s rich and storied history. Your local, well-versed guide and historian is excited to share their passion of this magically quaint city with you. Rated as the top walking tour in Salem, you will experience two hours of chilling tales of the supernatural, captivating history, while being awed by the breathtaking architecture, and fascinated by the truth of the 1692 Salem Witch Trials. Your guide will take you off-the-beaten path, into a world full of wonder while you experience the lesser known spots of Salem. 2 hrs. Suitable for all ages

History and Hauntings of Salem

Come experience the darker side of Salem with our 90 minute Mysteries and Murder tour. We retell the most spine-chilling tales of murder, mystery and macabre. Why did an insane woman in the early 1600s murder her child? Who was the famous hitman who murdered the slave trader in his sleep? Did the Boston Strangler really make a visit to Salem? These tales and much more will unfold on this whirlwind one-hour tour of this mysterious seaside city. Not for the faint of heart. Not recommended for our younger guests. Tours run rain or shine and last approximately one hour.

Mysteries and Murders of Salem

OUR TOUR GUIDES

Owner/Guide

Beth founded Witch City Walking Tours in 2014 as a way to share her passion of the culture and history of Salem. A native of the North Shore, she has traveled all over the country (49 out of 50 states) but Salem is home. Beth is a 6th grade teacher, historian, and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree. Some of Beths' favorite places in Salem include Ledger Restaurant, The Hawthorne Hotel, the Witch Dungeon Museum, Mahi Mahi Cruises and Notch Brewery.

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Justice the Wizard is a local psychic reader, event planner, and tour guide. Justice has resided in Salem since August of 2017 after pursuing a life and career as a modern, practicing witch. Now, Justice uses his intuitive abilities and ritual artistry to help spiritual seekers in Salem, MA and beyond. Justice has a developed a deep relationship with the land and has had experiences that give an interesting perspective on the history of the town.

Guide - April

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Guide - Denise

Denise is an educator and life-long resident of Salem, She loves all things related to history and has lived through the many changes in Salem's history over the years, such as urban renewal in downtown and the revitalization of Pickering Wharf.

Guide - Justine

Guide - Katie

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Guide - Mykaela

Guide - Sean

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Guide - Stacy

Kelly - Guide

Kelly is a native Bostonian who relocated from Florida to Gallows Hill, Salem with her two children one October just over 20 years ago. She loves anything and everything to do with the ocean and enjoys sailing, running and traveling with her family & friends. Some of her favorite Salem spots include the Salem Willows, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) & O’Neils Craic on Sunday afternoons.

Paige - Guide

Paige is a 5th year student at Northeastern University in Boston studying Spanish and Arabic. She has spent time in Argentina and Cuba and hopes to travel more in the future. Paige comes to Witch City Walking Tours with prior experience as a guide at Walden Woods for the Walden Woods Project. She also worked for the Fundación Antonio Núñez Jiménez in Havana.She is passionate about all things Hawthorne and Santería

Vanessa - Guide

Vanessa is a talented and captivating story-teller, with a knack for mixing humor with historical fact. Vanessa has lived in Salem since August 2018. Moving here from Pensacola, FL, she fell in love with the rich history and eclectic lifestyle Salem offers. She is an 8th grade Civics teacher and loves sharing her knowledge of history with others. Her B.A. is in History with an emphasis on the witch hunts during Tudor and Stuart England.

Salem History Brought to Life

Our tour guide, Beth, was amazingly knowledgeable and was able to bring Salem's history to life with gripping stories about Salem's merchant ship past, haunted locations and the witch trials. Beth took care to not only show us the iconic places of Salem, she delved into the details about the people, beliefs, world views and ordeals that faced late 1600 to mid 1700 Salem. With this backdrop, the witch trials era was put into a context that made it actually make sense! A truly memorable experience that was the highlight of our trip to Salem this weekend. Thank you Beth.

- Ron H

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Informative, interesting, fun!

Our group was toured around the Witch City for two hours by Suzanne and she was FANTASTIC. This tour was a little bit of everything: history, haunted stories, architecture, movie locations. You get the best bang for your buck. While there are many tours in Salem, MA to choose from, many which include costumes and "performances," THIS WAS NOT ONE OF THEM! Truly the highlight of our trip! I can't recommend it enough.

- BrigidKathleen

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So interesting and informative and FUN! Beth was the best!

We THOROUGHLY enjoyed this tour of Salem. I'll be honest.  We talked about it all through dinner and kept referring back to it while we were in Boston. Beth was so good! She has a masters? Doctorate? in History she makes you enjoy it as much as she does. You never feel rushed or like you're asking too many questions. She is patient and so informative. And it's not just about the witch trials, there is a lot about Salem. It's a beautiful place. I highly recommend this tour!! I'm kind of picky when it comes to tours because I'm a history buff and like the guide to be interesting (because history is SO INTERESTING.) I had absolutely NO complaints. Thanks Beth!!
- 1travelover

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You Cannot Miss This Tour

We only had a limited amount of time in Salem, and after this wonderful walking tour we feel like we got a fantastic taste of the history of this captivating city.
Paige was a superstar tour guide. Funny, knowledgeable, and even threw a little dash of Hamilton into the proceedings. One of her stories made me genuinely exclaim, “oh my god!” She’s a fantastic storyteller and you’d be lucky to have her :-) The tour itself is fascinating. We saw so much, but never felt rushed. We had our toddler in a stroller, and she loved the tour too!
Highly recommended!

- Traceyannthompson

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So interesting and informative and FUN! Beth was the best!

The THOROUGHLY enjoyed this tour of Salem. I'll be honest. My husband was dreading Salem and this tour. He didn't tell me that. But he absolutely LOVED it! When it was over and we went to dinner, he told me he that before we came to Salem, he wasn't thrilled about doing it, but was SO GLAD we did. We talked about it all through dinner and kept referring back to it while we were in Boston. Beth was so good! She has a masters? Doctorate? in History she makes you enjoy it as much as she does. You never feel rushed or like you're asking too many questions. She is patient and so informative. And it's not just about the witch trials, there is a lot about Salem. It's a beautiful place. I highly recommend this tour!! I'm kind of picky when it comes to tours because I'm a history buff and like the guide to be interesting (because history is SO INTERESTING.) I had absolutely NO complaints. Thanks Beth!!

- 1travelover

via tripadvisor

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On this day in history: September 22, 1692: The "darkest day in Salem's history" would see the execution of eight individuals: Ann Pudeator and Alice Parker of Salem, Martha Corey of Salem Farms, Samuel Wardwell and Mary Parker of Andover, Wilmot Redd of Marblehead, Margaret Scott of Rowley, and Mary Easty of Topsfield. “When the cart carrying the prisoners turned up the hill to the ledge, its wheels suddenly became stuck. According to Robert Calef, who attended the execution and wrote about it in his book, More Wonders of the Invisible World, while the law men struggled to get the wheels to move, the afflicted girls began to cry out that they saw the Devil holding the cart back (Calef 218). The men eventually got the oxen cart free though and the prisoners arrived at the ledge.” At the execution, the prisoners all continued to declare their innocence until their last moments. As the eight bodies hanged from the tree, Reverend Noyes proclaimed, "What a sad thing it is to see eight firebrands of hell hanging there!" “The victims were then cut down and temporarily placed in a nearby rocky crevice but it is not known what happened to their bodies after that.” September 22 would also mark the last of the executions. By October, 1692, the court of Oyer and Terminator was officially dissolved by the William Phipps, the governor of Boston, after his wife was accused of witchcraft. The irony is, it was Phipps who actually established the same court system to begin with. By January, the trials were over. However, we have what is called “due process” so people were not released immediately. In May 1693, Tituba was released from prison and sold into slavery to a new master. People who were fortunate enough to have wealthy families had to pay off their debt. Every morsel of food, every drop of water, their jail keeper’s fee, the court costs; all had to be paid in full before their release. When they were released into society, they were called a “dead man” or a “dead woman”, meaning they had no rights to their property. Elizabeth Proctor, convicted of witchcraft, was pardoned from her hanging in order to give birth in prison. The trials ended three weeks after she gave birth to her son. She spent 10 years proving to the court that she was in fact “living”, and another 10 years fighting for any kind of restitution for the property that was seized from them. The last of the names were legally cleared from the Massachusetts courts in the year 2001. Source: History of Massachusetts blog