Looking South: Historic Salem's Sundays in September 2010 Walking Tours

Beginning near Riley Plaza, once the site of Salem’s original harbor, these two tours will trace the path of Salem’s South River, ending at the Forest River on the Marblehead border.
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Aug. 27, 2010 - PRLog -- On September 12th at 2 p.m. join local historian, Margherita Desy, in front of the 17th century Gedney House at 21 High Street. Travel back to Salem’s early port and trace what remains of the South River. See how one can "read" the topography to discern the original "bed" or path of the river and learn about the impact of the Great Salem Fire of 1914.

On September 26th at 2 p.m., Susan Edwards, Salem State University archivist, will lead a tour focusing on the history and architecture of this institution of higher learning. Beginning first as a Normal School, the university has historic connections to the public school movement of the mid-to-late 19th century, spear-headed by Horace Mann, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s brother-in-law. Join Ms. Edwards in front of the Sullivan Building at the corner of Loring and Lafayette Streets. After exploring the campus, head toward the Forest River with Margherita Desy and learn about the history of the Salem Lead Mills and the naturally occurring lead found in the area.

Both tours will last approximately 90 minutes and are the latest in Historic Salem’s annual Sundays in September Walking Tours, which each year explore a different aspect of Salem’s history and architecture.  Tours in recent years have highlighted the path of the Salem fire, the architecture of Samuel McIntire, Salem during the Revolution, and the evolution of the Northfields neighborhood and its two garden cemeteries.

A suggested donation of $5 for members and $10 for non-members for the Sept.12th tour will contribute to Historic Salem’s Preservation Mission. The Sept. 26th tour is free and is being offered in conjunction with Essex National Heritage Area’s Trails and Sails Weekend.  For further information please call (978) 745-0799 or visit www.historicsalem.org. Founded in 1944, Historic Salem Inc. is dedicated to the preservation of historic homes and sites.

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