Salem, Massachusetts audio tour: Hawthorne’s Shadow, an Intimate Tour of Salem

Hawthorne’s Shadow, an Intimate Tour of Salem

Walking Tour

60 mins

About the Tour

Have you ever wondered what the great Nathaniel Hawthorne would tell you about Salem? Hawthorne is well-known for his American gothic novels, in which he highlights his ties to the city of his birth. Hear all about his inspirations, thoughts, and musings on Old Salem on this walking tour.

Hawthorne’s shadow is an immersive, acted walking tour through Downtown Salem, told from the first-person perspective of Nathaniel Hawthorne himself, though you may meet a few other characters along the way...

This tour is meant to be taken at a meandering pace, and we encourage you to immerse yourself in the stories, and take pauses at the different locations where Mr. Hawthorne directs you. Please note that you must be close to the GPS points on the map for the next part of the story to play, and that the next track will not trigger unless the first has finished.

This tour was made possible by a grant from the Salem Cultural Council.

Tour Credits:
Written by Kristin Harris and Jennifer Emerson
Directed by Carly Dwyer
Nathaniel Hawthorne voiced by William Johnston
Hawthorne’s Muse/Hepzibah Pyncheon voiced by Jennifer Emerson
Pearl voiced by Aife Maya Naik

Tour Producer


Intramersive Media

Intramersive Media is an immersive game theatre company based out of Salem MA. We specialize in high production value, immersive experiences where guests can leave the realm of audience and become a part of the story. Using immersive theater, innovative storytelling and live action role playing, Intramersive gives audiences the opportunity to impact our small impermanent worlds..

Each show is a unique world which offers different levels of intensity of game play. We run events for first time immersive theatre players as well as more ambitious and adventurous spectactors. Check out our projects page to find an upcoming event right for you!

Intramersive Media is part of the creative economy and as such strives to pay its artists a living wage. When you purchase a ticket to one of our shows know your ticket is going directly to a highly trained, diverse and professional creative community. Art works.
We are very pleased to be offering these virtual immersive audio tours with a grant from the Salem Cultural Council, through a partnership with the House of the Seven Gables.

Major Landmarks

  • House of the Seven Gables

  • Customs House

  • Hawthorne Boulevard

  • Salem Common

  • Gardner-Pingree House

  • East India Marine Hall

  • Grimshawe House

  • Salem Witch Trials Memorial

Directions to Starting Point

Please start on Turner Street on the side of the House of the Seven Gables, down at the waterfront.

Show Directions
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Places to stop along the way

Mercy Tavern, Ye Olde Pepper Candy Company, Waite and Pierce, Wolf Next Door Coffee, Derby Wharf shops, the Friendship, Sea Level Restaurant, Finz Seafood, Artemesia Botanicals, Hawthorne Hotel Tavern, Crow Haven Corner, Essex St. shopping, Peabody Essex Museum, Charter St. Cemetery, Salem Witch Trials Memorial

Best time of day

It is best to take this tour day or night. Though, the atmosphere is best enjoyed in the evening/night time hours.


Please be careful of uneven sidewalks, crossing narrow, and busy roads, and adhering to traffic lights. Please be aware of trespassing signs and laws.


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Hawthorne’s Shadow, an Intimate Tour of Salem