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The Pickering House

When seeing Salem, start where it all began. The Pickering Foundation welcomes you to an extraordinary place!

It is not only Salem’s oldest House, but also America’s oldest Home: home to a single family for over three and a half centuries; home to carpenters, farmers, patriots, military leaders, deacons, diplomats, linguists, scientists, and statesmen. And as homes will, it changed with the times.

Built in 1660 by settler John Pickering — a carpenter form Coventry, England — and his wife Elizabeth, it was once just a two-room farmhouse on a vast plot of land that ran all the way down to the seaport on the North River, encompassing what is today Chestnut Street and the McIntire District.

Over the next 350 years, the succeeding John Pickerings and their wives added wings, gables, and Gothic peaks. They raised ceilings, extended the roofline, and created the distinctive fence, to evolve into the warm and gracious home it is today.

You are cordinally invited to come and see a piece of Salem history that is very much alive!

Upcoming Events

Special Leslie’s Retreat Performance!

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Historian/actor/writer/docent Keith Trickett presents a staged reading of an original new theatrical piece written upon the Charles Endicott account of Leslie’s Retreat, February 26, 1775.  

3:00 pm at Pickering House: 18 Broad Street, Salem

$10 members, $15 non-members

Second Sunday Chowder Lecture: David Ferriero, National Archivist of the United States

Sunday, March 10, 2019

  The Glory and Romance of our History — the many roles of the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

12:30 pm at Pickering House: 18 Broad Street, Salem

$20 members, $25 non-members

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Become A Member!

Benefits Include:

  • Participation in Pickering Foundation events, including the Annual Meeting/Open House in June
  • Opportunities for docent-led tours of the House by appointment
  • Special member discounts when you reserve the house for special events
  • Special member discounts when you attend Foundation events

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