History in Salem
Trip Start Jun 19, 2010
41Trip End Jul 02, 2010
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Only about 8 miles down the road, it was easy to get to from Peabody. Salem was not the easiest to get around in by car though. The streets in the old town were narrow and not easy to navigate. It was somewhat easy to walk around though. And we walked all day.
The first place we visited in Salem was the "Burying Point Cemetery"... which is supposedly the 2nd oldest cemetery in the US
Alongside the cemetery is the "Witch Trial Memorial". There is a beautiful stone wall with slabs of stone jutting out, appearing as seats. There is one for each of the accused of witchcraft who were put to death between June and September of 1692. A name and date of death is carved on each slab stone. We found this very moving. How desperate they must have felt - and how hopeless the situation was for them.
After spending quite a bit of time in the cemetery and at the memorial, we walked to "The Witch House", called that because it was the Judge's home, and the accused was brought to that very same house to be questioned by him. The structure is so old, and it is in beautiful condition. I couldn't help but think about the stories those walls could tell! We paid to take a self guided tour through the rooms and we really enjoyed that.
We were so glad we went to Salem
The "House of Seven Gables" was breathtaking. I'm inspired to read that book again now. I haven't read it for years and years anyway so it's time again. Especially after seeing this home today. Apparently the house actually belonged to Nathanial Hawthorne's cousin. Hawthorne never lived there, but it was the house that the book was based on. Hawthorne himself lived in a home some blocks away. That home was ultimately moved to sit next to the "House of Seven Gables", so we were able to see that home too.
By this time, iwe were tired and we were very warm. It had gotten to 85 degrees and we were ready to get out of the heat. So we decided to drive north for a ways.