Day 3: History and Rainbows

Trip Start Jun 15, 2013
Trip End Jul 13, 2013

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Monday, June 17, 2013

We did so many cool things today! We started this morning by walking to Salem Harbor. The Friendship is a replica of a period sailing ship. As we approached the ship, we could see people aboard. There were Navy seamen training on the ship. It was pretty cool watching them climb and work the ropes.  

After spending some time enjoying the sailboats and harbor view, we walked down to The House of Seven Gables as made famous by the Nathaniel Hawthorne novel by the same name.  The house dates back to 1668 and was built by a wealthy shipping captain John Turner. Years later, it was acquired by by the Ingersoll family and is now referred to at the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion. Most of the house was remodeled, but changed little structurally.  It was purchased in 1908 by Caroline Emmerton who turned it into a museum and school for immigrant children. Today, the proceeds from ticket sales goes to help fund programs for kids in the community.  It's an amazing home and property with gardens and out buildings sitting right on the harbor. Beautiful!

We ate lunch at a place known by the locals called Red's Sandwich Shop. It's kind of a mom and pop place with a huge selection on the menu.  You could tell most people knew each other and waitstaff knew them. Good food, great local atmosphere, and reasonable prices. You can't ask for much more than that!

After lunch we walked to the National Park Visitor Center to watch a video called "The Salem Witch Hunt: Examine the Evidence." Scholars and historians discussed the trial, village, and church records to explain what happened and why.  It was very interesting, and would be great to show at school.  Too bad we can't take a field trip!

In the 1600's Salem (on the harbor) was known as Salem Town.  The city now known as Danvers was actually Salem Village.  Salem Village is where the witch hysteria started. We drove out out to Danvers to see the only property left in Salem Village that is directly related to the witch trials. The homestead of Rebecca Nurse, who was put on trial for witchcraft and hanged, has been preserved. The original home, a barn, and the family burial site are still standing.  Although it was closed for tours, we enjoyed walking the grounds.

Our next stop (after the mall for more comfortable sandals), was to Lexington to see Lexington Green. On April 19, 1775, the first shots of the American Revolution were fired on that very spot. We also went in Buckman Tavern, where the 77 men gathered to sign the muster book and receive their allotment of powder and shot.  From there we drove Lexington Road to Concord, the same road the British took to get to Concord.  All along the way, there are original rock fences where the Minutemen hid and ambushed the Red Coats.
Once back in Salem, we ate dinner at Salem Beer Works, and then headed back to the hotel to watch the Hoosiers.  As we walked out, we saw a double rainbow.  I'm sure it's a good luck sign for IU and the Bruins. (I bet we are the only people in town not watching the Bruins tonight!!)

Tomorrow we are taking the train into Boston to walk the Freedom Trail and explore the city. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate and we can take our candlelight ghost tour in the evening.

Even though we haven't had any supernatural experiences yet, we could definitely feel presence of those who lost their lives on Gallows Hill, in Lexington and in Concord.  History is such an amazing thing to appreciate!

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