Our Historic & Ghostly Guides
Our licensed and certified guides are passionate about Salem's history and enjoy walking you around to the various sites that made us the thriving community that we are today. All of our guides are knowledgeable and charismatic so you will have a great tour no matter who does it. Guide availability is subject to scheduling but private groups can request a guide subject to availability of the guide.
GIOVANNI ALABISO is the owner of Salem Historical Tours and Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tour. He is a seasoned raconteur, Salem historian, CPA and former sports/news journalist. Giovanni has always had a love for history and antiquity so giving tours in a major historic city is a perfect fit. "Seeing the expression on guests' faces when I tell them our history provides the same joy for me as watching someone open a present I just gave them," he says. He has been giving tours and has studied Salem's history for 10 years. Giovanni has also performed standup, improv and sketch comedy throughout New England and NYC and continues to do so. He is a SAG actor, having been in local and feature films, including Psychotica, Friction, Central Intelligence and Daddy’s Home 2. More info at
BOB GAUTREAU is a comic and impressionist who has performed and taught stand up, sketch, and improv comedy to enthusiastic audiences around the world. This is his fifth year as a tour guide with the company. Bob (known to his ghost tours as “Boo”) considers himself to be a small medium at large. He says, “I can’t always communicate with a ghost when I want to, but when they want to communicate with me they come through loud and clear.” Bob can also be seen as Nathaniel Hawthorne in “The Scarlet Letter(s): the life and loves of Nathaniel Hawthorne” which he also wrote and directed. He looks forward to having you on a tour.
NICK PIERCE has been with the tour company for several years. He has given all of the regularly scheduled tours as well as having researched and written a tour about the Religious History of Salem. When he is not at the tour company he is teaching at an area high school. Nick specializes in teaching American History and Politics and offers special elective courses in African History and Comparative Government. A self proclaimed history nerd, Nick loves to give the General History Tour and the Witchcraft Walk more than any other tours. Having been giving ghost tours for six years, he has developed a healthy respect for the supernatural and does in fact believe.
CHRISTINE has appeared on stage and film in NY/NJ/MA and is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA. Supporting witches & ghosts has opened new doors for her here in New England. 2018 was a bewitching year portraying Sarah Good, who was one of the first women executed in the 1692 Salem Witchcraft Trials, in Saltonstall (One man's stand against the Salem Witch Trials) at NECC and writing/producing/performing "Was Susannah North Martin a Witch?" Previously she fell for the ghosts of Cape May, NJ as a summer tour guide and is pleased to share the stories of the Salem spirits now. When not on stage, set, or the streets of Salem, she can be found supporting and fundraising for local events in Amesbury, MA.
JAMES ST. VINCENT started his tour guiding career in Nathaniel Hawthorne's beloved home "The Old Manse" in Concord. From there he branched across Massachusetts to many other historic houses such as the Gore Place, Robbins House, Parson-Barnard Home and Salem's very own House of the Seven Gables. He is a Hawthorne fanatic and an avid lover of ghosts, spirits, hauntings and all things spooky in addition to his love of history. One can find him at night on the streets of Salem sharing the town's haunted stories and secrets.
RYAN (aka MR RAT) has been a licensed Salem tour guide for several years. An ELA teacher working with incarcerated youth by day, he is well versed in Salem history as well as film and literary history centered in and around Salem. He is a big fan of the work of HP Lovecraft and his ties to Salem (aka Arkham) as well as local legends and lore in everything from pirates to the paranormal. His ghost tours are extremely entertaining and not to be missed as they are filled with personal stories and photographic evidence. Mr. Rat believes in the paranormal and has experienced it first hand. Almost everything in Salem seems to be haunted.
ELIZABETH is a diligent researcher, working full time at a research company out of Cambridge. Giving history and ghost tours is a perfect outlet for her interests of history, spooky stories, and factual accuracy. With multiple degrees in English literature, Elizabeth is in a position of fluency as a connoisseur of Salem’s gruesome history. Her undergrad and graduate focus was the impact of hysteria and religion throughout history on the development of mental awareness in literature. In her spare time, she reads with her daughter, continues her research on hysteria, and spends as much time outside doing as much as possible.
FREDERICK "FRED" KASPER KRONENSHEILDT is a retired tour guide, who gave tours about the Revolutionary War in the early 1800s because, well, he actually lived through it. He was present at Leslie's Retreat in Salem and also escaped death at the Battle of Bunker Hill as a musket ball narrowly missed him when it passed between his legs. He then served on the privateer Black Prince along side his cousin Lt Benjamin Crowninshield. He is a distant relative to the Crowninshield family. After the war, he was an assistant cook on America's first yacht, Cleopatra's Barge, that was owned by George Crowninshield Jr. Fred died in 1852 when he ate an oyster on a dare at a dinner at Hamilton Hall that was catered by John Remond. He had an allergic reaction and died. Fred continues to hang around the office after his death and sometimes accompanies the ghost tour.