Trails and Sails at First Church!

Trails and Sails at First Church!
Sept 16-18 and Sept 23-25

Tour Guides Needed! To sign up email

Trails & Sails Weekend is right around the corner, and that means we need tour guides! If you've done it before, terrific! If you haven't, please join us! Church Member Bonnie Hurd Smith will be organizing the tours. Please contact her if you would like to be a part of it!

At First Church tours on What’s Behind Those English Gothic Walls? will be available! See stained glass windows by Tiffany and LaFarge, the “Hawthorne Pew,” named for Nathaniel Hawthorne, magnificent Victorian décor, furnishings, works of art, rare books, and centuries-old documents. Learn how Puritan First Church, founded in 1629, evolved into a community of mavericks, mystics, and mariners. Hear the stories of some of our members including Witch Trial victims Rebecca Nurse; Giles Cory; and Rev. Thomas Barnard, who convinced the British to leave Salem in 1775. So much of the history of Salem is reflected and on display within the walls of the First Church and its grounds.

Guides needed for following dates:

Friday, Sept. 16:

Tours at 2:15 and 4:15

Sat., Sept. 17:

Tours at 1:15, 2:15, and 4:15

Sun., Sept. 18:

Tours at 1:15, 2:15, and 4:15

Friday, Sept. 23:

Tours at 2:15 and 4:15

Sat., Sept. 24:

Tours at 1:15, 2:15, and 4:15

Sun., Sept. 25:

Tours at 1:15, 2:15, and 4:15

The doors will be open throughout.

Other Information:

- You will be given an updated script by email and we'll have extra copies on hand.

- There will be a brief meeting after church this Sunday.

- Bonnie will be early on all days to walk through the tour with you, or you can follow someone until you're comfortable.

- You'll have fun showing off our wonderful Meetinghouse!

More about the entire Trails and Sails Event:
Click here for tour times and details. 
First Church will be participating in Trails and Sails this year! With the Essex National Heritage Area's Trails and Sails you can explore Essex County’s cultural, historic, and natural sites during two weekends of 150+ FREE events! Enjoy a variety of walks, guided hikes, sails, historical tours, and other adventures that will connect you to the spectacular places, faces, history and heritage that define the Essex National Heritage Area’s 34 cities and towns just North of Boston.