Established in 1626 as a fishing community, the waterfront city of Salem boasts almost 400 years of history. Lively and vibrant, walkable and picturesque, Salem is a fantastic group destination with much to see and do.
Known for the Witchcraft Hysteria of 1692, the town was gripped by these tragic events that culminated in the death of 20 people and the imprisonment of hundreds, all innocent of the accusations. Modern-day visitors to Salem gain a deeper understanding of the community overcome by fear while learning the stories of the innocent victims and their accusers at local attractions, tours, and films.
Salem ships became Privateers during the American Revolution, and General George Washington called on his friend John Glover to establish the first navy of the nation in neighboring Beverly. While attempting to seize colonial ammunition with his troops, British Colonel Alexander Leslie retreated from North Bridge in Salem following an assembly of disgruntled colonists six weeks before Lexington’s famous “shot heard around the world.”
The 18th and 19th centuries established Salem as a powerhouse port city. Rivaling New York, Boston, and Philadelphia, Salem’s merchant fleet opened trade in the Far East, and profits from silk, spices, black peppercorn and more created some of the earliest wealth in the nation, including America’s first millionaire, Elias Haskett Derby. The wealth and collections generated by the spice trade made an indelible mark on Salem through museums, architecture, and the wharves and buildings that became the Salem Maritime National Historic Site.
Today Salem is a world-class destination brimming with art, culture, history, great restaurants, and wonderful hotels. The past is embraced and honored through historic districts, museums, and attractions, while contemporary Salem is celebrated through festivals throughout the year, great food, and a welcoming community.
Salem. Still Making History. How will your group be a part of it?