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Tour of Marblehead
and Salem

(4 or 6 hours)

Our tour begins in scenic Marblehead, just a half-hour ride north of Boston. Known as the birthplace of Elbridge Gerry, signer of the Declaration of Independence, and the “Yachting Capital of America,” the town offers a delightful combination of historical sites and attractive scenery. Along Marblehead Neck, you view the scenic sheltered harbor and the Lighthouse; from Chandler Hovey Park you enjoy a panoramic view of the Atlantic shoreline. The quaint town offers attractive art galleries, specialty boutique shopping, and invites you into a time past with its small colonial-era residences. The original painting “The Spirit of ’76” by Archibald Willard is on view in the Selectman’s Meeting Room at Abbot Hall. The 1768 mansion of Jeremiah Lee, who was an affluent merchant, ship owner, and Patriot of the American Revolution, is open to visitors during the summer.

Salem, just 10 minutes from Marblehead, is noted for its overseas luxury trading in the early days of the colonies. The Peabody Essex Museum offers a fascinating collection comprising 2.4 million works of art, architecture, and culture, including original items from Salem’s early days of trading. You visit the house and stroll the wharf of Elias Hasket Derby, the first millionaire in America, whose ship, the Grand Turk, pioneered trade with Canton in 1786. Salem is also the birthplace of author Nathaniel Hawthorne who penned The Scarlet Letter and The House of the Seven Gables. You view the author’s birthplace and the house that was the inspiration for the latter novel. The Witch Trials of 1692 also took place in Salem; you can view a re-enactment of events of that year at the Salem Witch Museum.

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