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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

Second Sunday Chowder Lecture: Prof. Robert Allison

Sunday, February 10, 2019

A “Leslie’s Retreat” Special Event — Before Lexington and Concord: How the Revolution Began

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

$20 members, $25 non-members

Concert Series:

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Special Valentine’s Day Event! Hooray for Love  . . . with local chanteuse Stacia Kraft and pianist Joe Reid. Reservations are a must! Seating is limited to 40 people only.    

7:00 pm at Pickering House: 18 Broad Street, Salem

$15 members, $20 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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