Frequently asked questions

Why should I choose this tour?

Rebecca started Dynamic History Salem LLC in 2021 to provide the type of tours that she most enjoys: small, conversational, accurate, and eye-opening. Rebecca offers smaller tour groups than many other tour companies in Salem, encourages questions and conversation, and explores the connections between Salem’s past and our present. She also offers mobility-conscious options, acknowledging that people of all mobilities enjoy walking tours. 

How long/far is the tour?

Private walking tours length can be tailored to your needs. Usually they last 60-90 minutes and cover less than than a mile. Public tour lengths vary and are listed individually for each tour.

What does “mobility-conscious” mean?

As an educator, Rebecca noticed that students found it easier to learn and enjoy themselves when they felt physically comfortable. On her tours, being “mobility-conscious” means that while she cannot guarantee access to all sites downtown for guests with mobility or other needs, she can strive to make the tour as welcoming and comfortable for everyone as possible. 

Being an old New England city, Salem does have narrow downtown streets, brick and cobblestone walkways, and changeable weather (and in October, LOTS of people!). Rebecca acknowledges that walking tours may not be comfortable for everyone at in different weather and different times of the year. If you have mobility needs and or other questions please feel free to contact Rebecca prior to signing up for a tour to discuss options with you.

Are the tours appropriate for small children?

Yes, but you know your child best. The witch hysteria of 1692 will likely be discussed, which can include mention of Satan, executions, and other violence. The point is not to dwell on the violence, but to talk about why it happened and why it still matters. ReadSalem walking tour/book discussions are recommended for adults and children over 12 years of age.

What happens if it rains/snows, etc. at the time of the tour?

Tours will proceed in inclement weather as long as there is not a significant safety risk, such as lightning or ice. If plans for the tour change due to weather, you will be contacted via email or text at least 1 hour prior to the scheduled tour time. You will be offered a chance to reschedule or to receive a refund.

Please do consult the weather forecast prior to your tour, and prepare to wear/bring raincoats, warm/dry clothing and shoes, or carry an umbrella as needed.

Will there be restrooms nearby?

Whenever possible. Mobility accessible restrooms are available in a few places downtown and can be factored into your tour route by request. ReadSalem guests will have access to the Athenaeum‘s non-mobility accessible restroom during the book group.

I have hearing concerns: will I be able to hear Rebecca?

Rebecca will wear a voice amplifier to help guests to hear when loud traffic or other noises accompany the tour. If you have concerns before you book please feel free to contact Rebecca with any questions.

I need to cancel: can I have a full refund?

Yes, if you cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled start time of the tour, your payment will be refunded in full. Cancellation policies are included for reference in your confirmation email after booking.

What about witches and ghosts?

Witches, ghosts, and the stories about them are definitely part of Salem’s story. Why these stories are told and why they matter to us now is a part of almost every tour.

What’s October like in Salem?

Controlled chaos. LOTS of people come to Salem in October. I advise planning plenty of time to find parking and still arrive at your tour 10 minutes early for check-in. You can find more information about parking HERE and more information about Salem in October on the Haunted Happenings site.

Can I bring my dog?

Yes! Salem loves dogs. If your dog is leashed and well-behaved, they are welcome on walking tours. Dogs are not permitted inside the Salem Athenaeum during the book group for ReadSalem.

What precautions are being taken for COVID?

Great question! Please see the Parking & Access page.