A tour of Salem's literary history

To celebrate the Massachusetts Poetry Festival and Salem’s poetic heritage, Salem historian, author and history columnist Jim McAllister, will offer a lively and entertaining walking tour, “Poets, Poetry and Poetic Places in Salem.”

The tour will meet on Friday, May 13th at the main entrance to the Salem Visitor Center on New Liberty Street across from the Peabody Essex Museum at 2:30 p.m.

Come and take a 1 hour and 15 minute to hear about important 19th century poets and their real life or literary connections to Salem.

Stops along the way

Stops will include Salem’s famed Lyceum Hall where Emerson lectured 36 times and Very Jones witnessed Alexander Graham Bell’s first telephone call. You will pass the Quaker Meeting House, Parker Brothers Game Company, the Charter Street Burial ground, the Salem Witch Trials memorial and other sites with surprising and interesting poetic history . The tour will end 4 p.m. at The Salem Athenaeum on Essex Street just in time for Charlotte Gordon’s talk on the illustrious first published American woman, Anne Bradstreet. The tour is free for those with buttons from the Massachusetts Poetry Festival and $12.00 for other participants.