Digging for History Trails & Sails Event Cancelled

We are sorry to inform you that the Trails & Sails: Digging for History Event is cancelled for this weekend. The Eugene Winter Chapter of Mass Archaeological Society WILL still be doing their Atlatl event CLICK HERE to learn more about it.

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Updated Schedule for the rest of the season

July 1st through August 27th: Wednesday-Saturday 10:00am-3:00pm 

September 3rd through 25th: Saturdays & Sundays ONLY 10:00am-3:00pm

October 1st through 30th: Tuesdays 10:00am-1:00pm and Saturdays & Sundays 10:00am-3:00pm (Check back here for updated schedule.)

Guided tours of the Nurse family home will be at 10:15, 11:15, 1:15 and 2:15. While we will NOT be doing guided tours in October we will have an audio tour available to listen to from your smartphone, and our knowledgeable staff will be able to answer any questions you may have.

If you would like to purchase tickets in advance for October CLICK HERE (pre-purchase is not required, we will have a select amount of tickets available at the door)

These are the only guided tours we will be offering in October…The event begins at sunset; with a walk along the tree lined path to the back of the property to the ancient Nurse Family Cemetery. The next stop is through the circa 1678 house which was occupied by Rebecca Nurse and then members of the Nurse family until 1798. You will hear the story of the Nurse family and Rebecca’s accusation of witchcraft. As you wander through the completely candlelit home you will be able to imagine what it was like living here 330 years ago. CLICK HERE to learn more about this program and to purchase tickets.

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August 24th & 25th

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Our replica Meetinghouse will be closed to visitors for the rest of the season. It has been rented for a private project. We plan to use the revenue from this rental to accomplish much needed repairs and refurbishment on the building. We apologize for any inconvenience to our incoming visitors this season.

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Summer Hours

Starting in July our summer hours will be 10-3 Wednesday through Saturday only.

We will also be co-hosting some historic Walking Tours with Essex Heritage called Origins of the Salem Witch Trials which will run select Saturdays through September.

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Annual Gala Day: 1920’s Vintage Lawn Party & Open House

GALA DAY IS BACK! Join us for our annual summer fundraiser “Gala Day”!

The very first “Gala Day & Garden Party Bazaar” was held at the Rebecca Nurse Homestead in 1912 right after becoming a Museum, and they continued to be held annually through the 1920’s! It was a way to welcome the community to explore the newly restored historic house, learn about local history, and just enjoy the beautiful grounds on a summer day. This also marks the 10th year since our first Gala Day reenactment!

This year we are traveling back to the 1920s. Come experience our version of Gala Day, complete with the original entrance fee of only 25¢.

We encourage you and your whole family to come dressed in your best 1920s attire and spend the day with us!

  • Explore the home of Rebecca Nurse
  • Listen to popular music from the 1920’s
  • Watch silent “moving pictures” in the Meetinghouse
  • Try your hand at playing period-style lawn games; we have Croquet and Bocce. (But feel free to bring your own lawn games as well.

You are welcome to arrive anytime throughout the day from 9:45 on but we will be closing the site down right at 4pm.

Visitors will NOT be permitted to setup picnics inside any of the historic structures. 

Things to bring:

  • Blankets
  • Lawn chairs
  • Picnic Foods (we will have some baked goods and cold drinks available for purchase)
  • Sunscreen & Bug Spray
  • Lawn Games

Please do not bring

  • Alcohol
  • Cigarettes or similar items (we do not allow smoking on-site)
  • Grills of any kind

We also have a carry-in, carry-out policy for trash, we will gladly supply small trash bags for people to place trash into before you leave. 

Check out our Facebook Event page to register for this event.

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We are excited to announce that we will be open for the season starting May 7th.

For May & June we will be open Saturdays ONLY from 10am-3pm.

For other visitor information CLICK HERE

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We would like to extend a big THANK YOU to the many people who helped support the Nurse Homestead in so many ways over the course of this year! As we prepare the property for the upcoming winter weather we please ask potential visitors, and locals to keep a few things in mind…

For the safety of you as a visitor, and and the safeguard of our historic property, we do not allow visitation of ANY part of the property while we are closed for the season (this includes locals who have previously used the property as a walking trail or shortcut to Collins Street or the Rail Trail), and ask that you be respectful of this.

We will also be unable to honor any private tour requests from December-February but will welcome special visitor requests again starting in March (weather permitting and upon volunteer availability).

Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding, of the limited resources of our volunteer run site. Check back with us in the Spring for all of our exciting 2022 EVENTS!

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Twilight Tours 2021

These special guided tours will be the ONLY guided tours available this October with a maximum capacity of 25 people per tour. The tour length will be roughly 60-75 minutes.

The tour begins at sunset with a short (300 yard) walk along the tree lined path to the back of the property, to the ancient Nurse Family Cemetery.

At the next stop your guide will tell you about the history of Rebecca’s home, and her family and then allow each party to pass through the candlelit home.

The final stop on the tour is the Meetinghouse. This building is an exact replica of the 1672 Salem Village Meetinghouse where many of the early hearings of suspects such as Tituba & Rebecca Nurse took place.

These tours will be offered on Friday and Saturday nights in October. The tour will begin at sunset and conclude right before Twilight. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets

Adults: $15

Seniors: $13

Children (6-16): $10

Please plan extra travel time as added traffic in October could delay arrival, also prepare for any kind of weather, temperatures can be unpredictable in October.

Please read our COVID guidelines for visitation HERE before purchasing tickets.

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EVENT CANCELLED: Trails & Sails: Digging for History!


Come get your hands dirty with us as you become an archaeologist for the day!

CLICK HERE to see the Facebook Event Page

Working alongside professionals from the University of Southern Maine, kids and adults can try their hand at digging and uncovering pieces of history. Over the past decade we have uncovered thousands of artifacts on our site that have given a glimpse into the lives of those who have walked these grounds for the past millennia…What will you discover?

This event takes place entirely outside we suggest, wearing a hat, sunscreen and bug spray, and if you don’t want to get your hands dirty bring some gardening gloves.

but to visit the Museum buildings admission is required.

Hours- 10:00AM -3:00PM
Lecture at 12:30pm on the 25th and 26th only

Hosted in conjunction with Essex Heritage for Trails & Sails: Two Weekends of Walks and Water.

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