Passages of the Past is an immersive walking tour that introduces you to the people who helped build the Derby Street neighborhood of Salem. Hear stories from the city’s indentured servants, enslaved workers, free sailors, immigrants, entrepreneurs, and historical figures, and find out how they helped forge their way in making Salem, and the Derby Street neighborhood what it is today.
The tour is meant to be taken at a meandering pace, and we encourage you to stop, listen, and take in the sights of the neighborhood before moving on to the next GPS point. 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 experience will take you down the side streets and main thoroughfares of this historical neighborhood, beginning and ending at the House of the Seven Gables, a 17th century mansion which stands as a testament to the beginnings and evolution of the Derby Street area, and which continues to serve as a pivotal point in the Salem community today.
We encourage guests to take their time with the tour, absorb all the neighborhood has to offer, and learn the untold stories of Salem!
This tour was made possible by a grant from the Salem Cultural Council.
Written by Kristin Harris and Directed by Carly Dwyer
John Turner I&III/Herman Tyburc/Polish Worker: voiced by Mike Barry
Settlement House Student: voiced by Aife Maya Naik
Joan Sullivan, indentured servant: voiced by Arielle Yoder
Goody Turner/Caroline Emmerton/Mary Spencer: voiced by Arielle Kaplan
Mariner/Sabe & Rose/Dominican Worker: voiced by Dev Blair
Artwork: Paige Besse
Sound Effects and Editing: Nick Benevenia