Welcome to The Bridge at 211


Upcoming Events

Repair Café coming August 5!

We’re partnering with SalemRecycles to host their first Repair Café in the Dickson Room. Repair Café is a free event where volunteers help repair and restore your broken items, keeping them out of the waste stream.

Bring your item to be repaired: knives or scissors to be sharpened, clothing to be mended, jewelry to be fixed, furniture for gluing, cameras and electronics to be repaired or rewired.

At 11:00 a.m., there will be a brief demonstration on how to prep and store your garden tools for winter. Learn steps you can take now to keep them in good shape and ready-to-go come next spring.

Limited preregistration is available to ensure a spot; walk-ins are welcome on a first come, first served basis. Please contact Julie Rose at jrose @ salem.com or 978-619-5679 to preregister or with questions.




Neverland Theatre Presents (in our Dickson Room):

Disney’s MARY POPPINS

Sat, July 15 - 1:30 p.m. & 7 p.m. Sun, July 16 - 3 p.m.

Thu, July 20 - 7 p.m.

Fri, July 21 - 7 p.m.

Sat, July 22 - 1:30 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Sun, July 23 - 3 p.m.

Tickets: www.neverlandtheatre.com

It’ll be practically perfect in every way!

Neverland Theatre is celebrating 25 years, with over 170 theatrical productions highlighting the talents of children and adults!



A New Beginning...

Left to right: Mark Stevens, Anthony Keck, JD, Dale Tufts Yale, Kathryn Baptista, and Beth Toolan

Early on the morning of December 16, two boards met at the Registry of Deeds in Salem to record a momentous, bittersweet event: the conveying of the building at 211 Bridge Street from the First Universalist Society of Salem to the 211 Bridge Street Corporation. This represents the end of an era, but we're looking forward to and excited about what comes next for this 19th century landmark as it evolves into a hub for artistic, cultural and social events.

A bit of history: Originally, the First Universalist Society of Salem was formally organized on December 24, 1805, 211 years ago. The building was supposed to be erected on land that had been donated on St. Peter Street, but it was considered too close to the prison. So that land was sold and the present land purchased for $1,500. The cornerstone to the building was laid in 1808 with the inscription on a silver plate: "August 17, 1808. This day the corner stone is placed by Brother Hosea Ballou of Vermont." The cost of the building itself was $16,742.

The First Universalist Society of Salem was incorporated by an act of the Mass General Court (legislature) on June 20, 1826, and the original deed to the building was filed the same day. The conveyance was the first time the ownership has been transferred.

The builder was Perley Putnam, who also built Salem’s Custom House in a similar Federal style.





Who are we?

We are a hub for artistic, cultural and social events in a 19th century landmark.

We are repurposing a former church to offer programming that will entertain, engage and enrich the community, in music and the arts, while honoring the building's rich heritage. We are a nonprofit organization providing a home to a number of community service groups, including The Salem Pantry.


Where to find us and parking

Our address is 211 Bridge Street, Salem, but the way to our front door is the courtyard entrance between 20 and 28 Federal Street. The most convenient parking is the municipal lot between Church and Federal Streets. Another option is the Museum Place Garage at 1 New Liberty Street.


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