Salem, Massachusetts audio tour: Passages of the Past

About the Tour

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.

Tour Credits:
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

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

  • The House of the Seven Gables

  • The Daniels House Bed and Breakfast

  • The Polish Legion of American Veterans

  • St. Joseph's Hall

  • The Derby House

  • Customs House

  • Derby Wharf

  • Ye Olde Pepper Candy Company

Directions to Starting Point

The tour begins at the dead end of Turner St, on the side of the House of the Seven Gables, closest to the water.

Show Directions
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Places to stop along the way

Mercy Tavern, Ye Olde Pepper Candy Company, Witch Way Gifts, Captain Dusty's Ice Cream, Waite & Pierce Shop

Best time of day

Any time. Though, you may want to take this tour during the day, to get a clear view of buildings.


There are a few one way, narrow streets along the route. Please be aware of your surroundings, use crosswalks, and beware of uneven ground on brick and historic walkways.


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