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Facts about the Old Town Hall, Salem Mass. PDF Print E-mail

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Old Town Hall is the earliest surviving municipal structure in Salem, Massachusetts (dating from 1816-17) and an outstanding Federal Style building. The second floor of the building, Great Hall, has always been used as a public hall, and contained Town offices until 1837. The first floor, originally designed as a public market, is now being used as a public art space, in conjunction with Artists Row in the Marketplace.

The building and its Derby Square site maintain historical associations with Salem’s prominent 18th and 19th century Derby family for whom Derby Square, Derby Wharf, Derby Street and the two Derby houses on the Salem waterfront were named. The building contains elements attributed to both Charles Bulfinch, the most influential Boston architect of the Federal period, and Samuel McIntire, Salem’s renowned architect and woodcarver. The structure was saved from demolition by Salem preservation architect Philip Horton Smith in the 1930s, and underwent a partial restoration in the 1970s.
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Old Town Hall is located at 32 Derby Sq, Salem, MA 01970-3704.

Directions from 128 North

  1. At exit 25A, take ramp right for SR-114 East / Andover St toward Salem / Lowell St. / West Peabody 0.8 mi.
  2. 10 Turn left to stay on SR-114 / Pulaski St 0.1 mi CHEVRON on the corner.
  3. 11 Turn right to stay on SR-114 / Gardner St 2.1 mi.
  4. 12 Turn left to stay on SR-114 / Norman St 0.2 mi.
  5. 13 Turn left onto Washington St, and then immediately turn right onto Front St 0.1 mi.
  6. 14 Arrive at 32 Derby Sq on the left. The last intersection is Washington St. If you reach Central St, you've gone too far.

Town parking is available on Washington St. Central St. and Front St. We are also a short walk down Essex Pedestrian Mall from the Museum Place Mall Garage.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 June 2011 19:00
History Alive! / Cry Innocent PDF Print E-mail


History Alive!, Inc. performs Cry Innocent at the Old Town Hall, as described in full below.

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The year is 1692. Bridget Bishop has been accused of witchcraft and the audience sits on the Puritan jury. They hear the historical testimonies, cross-examine the witnesses and decide the verdict. The actors respond in character to all comments and questions, revealing much about the Puritan mind. Play your part in history...

History Alive / Cry Innocent

Praise for Cry Innocent
A must see for everyone, Cry Innocent is the longest continuously-running show north of Boston. Featured on the Discovery Channel, the Travel Channel, A&E, Nickelodeon, TLC, NPR, BBC, CNN and MTV. Cry Innocent: The People versus Bridget Bishop was commissioned by Norman Jones, professor of theatre and was written by Mark Stevick, professor of English.