Beyond the Witches: Spooks, Murder & Sinister Hauntings of Salem

Boston, MA

1 hour and 15 minutes
1.8 mi
Guided by Jillian
Jillian Bogardus


Most people associate Salem's gruesome past with the witch trials of 1692. What they do not realize is just how many other incidents of scandal, paranormal activity and murder have flooded these streets over the centuries. Come on a walk of historic Salem to investigate the wicked dealings, mischievous spirits and sinister beings lurking in the shadows. You will soon discover a village brimming with stories of kidnapped sailors, greed-fueled murder and desecrated human remains. There is a macabre history beyond Salem's witches.

About Your Guide

I'm a biologist by trade, skeptic by nature, and lover of stories featuring the occult, macabre and cryptic. There is nothing like a great crime story or murder mystery. You can blame it on my New Orleans roots or my pre-med background. Aside from that, I'm totally normal. I swear.

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Guide Points

  1. The House of the Seven Gables

    The House of the Seven Gables is amongst the most historic and beautifully preserved buildings in town. It is known predominantly for two r…

  2. Witch's Brew Cafe

    Salem used to be a major port town. Its harbor was so busy that it competed with Boston for the busiest commercial hub in New England. When…

  3. Bung Hole Liquor Store

    This little neighborhood liquor store was originally a notorious funeral parlor whose proprietors were more interested in profit than in th…

  4. Murphy's Pub Salem

    While it might seem like an innocuous Irish sports bar, Murphy’s might be the best place in town to drink with the dead.

  5. Wicked Good Books

    This cute little bookstore has its fair share of paranormal activity. Several years ago a series of renovations uncovered tunnels running b…

  6. Gardner-Pingree House

    The beautiful Federalist-style house-turned-museum before you was once home to the wealthy retired sea captain, Joseph White, and his niece…

  7. Hawthorne Hotel

    We conclude our walk in the lobby of the Hawthorne Hotel.

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