Sunday, October 10, 2010

Stepping back in time at Pioneer Village

It was a beautiful weekend to do some time-traveling, so my family and I headed about a mile south of downtown Salem to explore Salem in 1630 at Pioneer Village.  Interpreted by the Gordon College Institute for Public History's "Folkways" program, Pioneer Village is an authentic stop that will complete any visit to Salem.

Entering Pioneer Village

Trying out the stocks.

Still life in the Governor's Mansion

Looking out of the Governor's mansion.
My kids were pretty quick to recognize the difference between the Governor's house and the other homes in Pioneer Village.  Clearly the Governor was wealthy, because his roof isn't thatched, and he has glass in his windows.  Most impressive.
The blacksmith.
The blacksmith works making hooks and tools for the village, and offers excellent interpretation of what life was like in 17th century Salem.

Playing games to pass the time.

Trying to imagine a family of 4 (or 5 or 6) living in this house.

For more information on Pioneer Village, visit  Admission is: Children $5, Adults $6. Salem residents get free admission, and their ticket stubs are valid for discounts at the Witch House and Cry Innocent.   

Pioneer Village is open 12pm - 4pm daily (Saturdays 10am - 4pm) through October.

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