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Salem, MA Witch Tour

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Are you a good witch or a bad witch ? From June 10 thru September 22, 1692 there were 19 people hanged on Gallows Hill in Salem, MA. Another one, Giles Corey, was pressed to death when he refused to plead guilty or not guilty. We were told he was an old man, and they kept putting stones on him until his crest caved in. And as many as 13 may have died in prison.

This is called the Witch House. It was the home of Judge Jonathan Corwin, who presided over the Witch Trials. It is the only house still standing with links to the trial.



We also visited the House of the Seven Gables. It is the oldest, restored wooden home in New England. The house inspired the book by the same name, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and his childhood home was moved to the site in 1958.



Here I am fooling around outside the Witch Dungeon Museum.



We also toured the New England Pirate Museum, had lunch at a nice restaurant on the water. Here is a photo of me, and my oldest son, taken down near the water.



We took the Trolley Tour, but shouldn't have. If you got off to visit a site, the wait for the next trolley was way to long, and we missed visiting the Witch Museum because we ran out of time. We walked more than we rode, so I got in my exercise. The exhibits are only open 10 A - 5 P. The streets "rolled up" at 5, which surprised me. We then ate dinner at the Capt's Waterfront restaurant.

All-in-all, it was a very nice day.

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  • MILLISMA
    I haven't been there in years. Always wanted to be there for Halloween. Thanks for the pictures....brought back many memories. Had to laugh about your comment that at 5 PM the streets roll up - that is so true and was so unexpected the first time we went.
    So glad you got to enjoy the day!!!

    hugs....Mary Anne
    2246 days ago
  • WIFEALF2
    great pics very interesting.
    2246 days ago
  • WIFEALF2
    neat!
    2251 days ago
  • IMEMINE1
    WOW! this was awesome!
    2251 days ago
  • PATKEEF1
    I AM SO JEALOUS. YES SO MANY WISE WOMEN MURDERED BY CHRISTIONS. THEY CAN'T OR WONT ACCEPT THE ONES THAT ARE DIFFERENT. THAT IS THE REASON SO MANY HAD TO GO UNDERGROUND AND STAY HIDDEN. PRACTICE IN SECRET AND HOW WONDERFUL WE CAN NOW COME OUT AND SHOW MANKIND WE ARE HERE TO HELP, NOT HARM. WE ARE TEACHERS , HEALERS AND ARE REALLY GREAT PEOPLE IN GENERAL.. WE ARE THE CHOSEN ONES, BLESSED WITH SPECIAL GIFTS. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2265 days ago
  • LOSER05
    I love this, right when I seen the picture I knew it was the emoticon museum, my whole family knows I want to go there at Halloween time...lucky you.
    2265 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/26/2013 10:22:56 AM
  • NICOLED40
    I've always dreamed of going to Salem! Some day we'll get there! :)

    This October we're going to Sleepy Hollow NY...sounds like it's going to be great fun! Lots of "Legend of Sleepy Hollow" related tours and events. We're super excited!
    2272 days ago
  • ZIGGY122
    Thank you for sharing emoticon
    2274 days ago
  • IDLETYME
    That looks like a super trip. Those houses are great! You would think the city would make better plans so more people would come. Closing at 5:00 is strange. Thanks for sharing your fun!!! emoticon
    2275 days ago
  • WILDKAT781
    emoticon
    2276 days ago
  • BIGPAWSUP
    I've always wanted to go but I've never been able to. Thanks for the share.
    2276 days ago
  • DALMOM2007
    Thank you for sharing. I drove through Salem about 8 years ago. I wished that I had more time to check it out. The town is very interesting. Someday I want to go back.
    2276 days ago
  • FERRETLOVER1
    I really enjoyed myself when I visited Salem - I've always been fascinated by the witch trials. emoticon
    2276 days ago
  • KELTIC-CARA
    A white witch of course! Harm none. It was terrible what happened to a lot of women and a few men during that time. I love visiting places in history. What a wonderful opportunity you have had on your holidays.

    Glad to hear you got the emoticon in
    2276 days ago
  • SIRENALEANNE
    This is wonderful! I feel like I just took a couch tour of Salem. I'm glad you had a good time and got your exercise in. Do you think you'll be able to catch the witch museum on another day? emoticon Thanks for sharing!
    2277 days ago
  • KELLEY106
    I wonder what History will write about us.
    2277 days ago
  • IAMBLESSED103
    I'm glad you had a nice day, Barb! I love visiting historic sites and villages too. The Salem Witch trials are so tragic. It is true... so much evil done in the "name" of religion... gives me chills. How those people could not see that what they were doing to other human beings was evil is amazing to me... terribly blinded and deceived people. But you look great... looks like you had a great time! :)
    2277 days ago
  • SANDRALEET
    Oh whot evil has been done in the name of religion How much was stolen from those they killed Seen a hour show on the witch trials So evil
    2277 days ago
  • SILVERCLAW95
    Thank you for sharing. This is very interesting, and sad...
    2277 days ago
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