FAQ

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 many people will be on the tour?

There is a maximum of 10 guests for most tours, plus Rebecca. For the ReadSalem tour there is a maximum of 6 guests, plus Rebecca.

How long/far is the tour?

All walking tours (except ReadSalem) are approximately 75 minutes long, give or take 10-15 minutes based on questions. ReadSalem tours are 60 minutes long, followed by a 90-minute book group meeting at the Salem Athenaeum. All walking tours cover less than a mile.

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 children?

Yes, but you know your child best. MeetSalem and PopSalem will both have stops where the witch hysteria of 1692 will 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 tours 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. The routes of MeetSalem and PopSalem both pass mobility accessible restrooms. 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.

If a spooky nighttime ghost tour is what you’re hoping for, Salem has got you covered! There are many excellent ones to choose from in town, such as the Salem Night Tour.

What’s October like in Salem?

Controlled chaos. LOTS of people come to Salem in October. We advise planning plenty of time to find parking and still arrive at your tour 15 minutes early for check-in. You can find more information about parking on the Safety and Access page 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 Safety and Access page.