Salem 1630: Pioneer Village

Local nameSalem 1630: Pioneer Village
LocationEssex County, Massachusetts, USA

Pioneer Village, also known as Salem 1630: Pioneer Village, was created in 1930 as the set for a play, held in Forest River Park in Salem, Massachusetts. Audience members sat in the park and watched the re-creation of what Salem, Massachusetts may have looked like in June, 1630 upon the arrival of John Winthrop and the families of Thomas Dudley and Simon Bradstreet, including America's first published poet of significance, Anne Bradstreet, daughter of Thomas and wife of Simon. A replica of the Arbella, the flagship of the Winthrop Fleet, was also built at this time.

The set was meant to be temporary, but the City of Salem and all of Essex County, Massachusetts had fallen in love with it so it was saved from re-development. Salem Pioneer Village, the first living history museum in the United States, opened in June, 1930.

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Opening hours

Tours: Jun - Sep
Sat - Sun: 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm


Adults: $6
Children: $4

More information and contact


Official website


Phone +1 978 745 0525

Address Forest River Park, Salem 01970, United States

Coordinates 42°30'25.377" N -70°53'8.062" E

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