Salem, Massachusetts has long been known for the witches that supposedly lived there so many years ago. When you are visiting the Boston area, you must take the time to visit nearby Salem. This will ensure you learn as much as you can about the history of Salem, the witches, and all the witchcraft that was present in the late 1600s.
Out of all the houses that were part of the Salem Witch Trials is the Witch House. This house is officially known as the Jonathan Corwin House. Corwin was a judge. When you tour his house, you will see many of the furnishings and how the family lived back in the 1600s. While you can take a self-guided tour, I guarantee you will get so much more out of the guided tour options.
Live reenactments of the Salem Witch Trials are done at the Witch Dungeon Museum. They use actual transcripts from the trials themselves. The dungeon at this museum is a replica of the one that was used to hold witches before their trial.
The House of Seven Gables is a museum, as well as a colonial museum from 1688. This home ended up being famous after Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote a book by the same name. After you tour this house, you must tour the house next door as well. The reason for this is it was where Hawthorne was born.
This is the oldest cemetery in Salem. You will find it directly behind the Salem Witch Trials Memorial. There are many famous residents from Salem buried in this cemetery. But the most popular person is Mary Corey. She was accused of being a witch all those years ago. She played a key part in the darker parts of history in this town.
One of the best ways to learn the history of the Salem Witch Trials is to explore the exhibits at the Salem Witch Museum. Inside this museum, you will find official trial documents, as well as thirteen life-sized stage sets with different scenarios.
You can easily see these attractions and landmarks on your own during a visit to Salem during any road trip. However, you will get much more out of these sites, and so many others, if you take one of the many tours. One of the best tours is the Bewitched After Dark Walking Tours of Salem, but I can help you find the tour that will best fit your family’s needs.
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