I hope this blog post will encourage you to make this lovely old home a stop on your next visit to Salem. Here are a few photos I snapped while I was there, along with some information from their website:
When seeing Salem, start where it all began. The Pickering Foundation welcomes you to an extraordinary place.
It is not only Salem's oldest House, but also America's oldest Home: home to a single family for over three and a half centuries; home to carpenters, farmers, patriots, military leaders, deacons, diplomats, linguists, and statesmen. And as homes will, it changed with the times.
Built in 1651 by settler John Pickering and his wife Elizabeth, it was a two-room farmhouse on a vast plot of land that ran all the way down to the seaport on the North River, encompassing what is today Chestnut Street and the McIntire District.
Over the next 350 years, the succeeding John Pickerings and their wives added wings, gables, and Gothic peaks. They raised ceilings, extended the roofline and created the distinctive fence. The Pickering House evolved into the warm and gracious home it is today.
Step in and enjoy the trip from the front door to the kitchen, which takes you through not only 300 years of history, but also through the middle of the main chimney. On your right is the library, the original room in the house. It contains Revolutionary War documents and a copy of a dinner invitation in President George Washington's hand to Timothy Pickering and his wife, Rebecca.
18 Broad Street
Salem, MA 01970
Open Sundays June through November: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
At other times by appointment:
Phone: (978) 744-4777
Watch this space for more information!
- JANUARY 11TH @ 12:30PM
The Revolution of 1716:
The Pickerings vs. Salem's Aristos
Robert Booth, Author & Historian
- FEBRUARY 8TH @ 12:30PM
Stitching Her Story:
Needlework at the Pickering House
Paula Richter, Curator for Exhibitions & Research, Peabody Essex Museum
- MARCH 8TH @ 12:30PM
A Storm of Witchcraft:
The Salem Trials and the American Experience
Professor Emerson "Tad" Baker, Salem State University
- APRIL 12TH @ 12:30PM
Creating the New Nation
Professor Dane Morrison, Salem State University