A women with brown hair facing the camera and smiling. She is standing under a tree, on a hill above the ocean at Salem Willows Park.

Rebecca Johnson, Ph.D.

Owner and Guide

Before falling in love with Salem, I was a college educator in the sciences and humanities for over 10 years.

I studied biology, theology, and American studies. That seems like an odd combination, right? All three fields helped me explore how people relate to themselves, each other, and their environment. Through the stories of Salem’s history, that’s what I’d like to invite you to explore on my tours.

How did I end up as a tour guide in Salem? Besides reading tons of books and talking to students about them, what I most loved about teaching was inviting others to explore new ideas, have great conversations, and relate them to their own experiences in a safe and supportive environment. History is only relevant when it’s relatable.

After being in physical and virtual classrooms for so long I decided to take my love of reading, talking, and Salem to the streets. The histories we tell say just as much about us as they do about those who came before us. Join me to find yesterday in today during your visit to Salem!

I also love to podcast and occasionally remember to record episodes! Find my podcast HERE or using the social icons below.


Site credits: text and photographs by Rebecca Johnson, logo art by Rachel Cerullo, copyright 2021.