Just call me a Salem Girl finally making it to her Salem World. I love, love, love Salem, Massachusetts and I’ve loved it long before I ever stepped foot into the town.Halloween has always been my all-time favorite Holiday. Click To Tweet
For some reason, I LOVE being playfully scared and mystified. Yes, I’m into paranormal activity, Haunted Houses (both cheesy and allegedly real), cemeteries, scary movies and anything that threatens to reveal something abnormal or freakishly interesting.
I have dressed as a Witch countless times for Halloween, and I’ve studied the Witch Trials of Salem, Massachusetts for years. I’ve even binged watched the T.V. show and signed a petition to bring the show back after it was sadly canceled.
I’ve watched countless documentaries about Salem, and I love to meet people who have told me that they’ve gone to Salem before. I’m attracted to all things mystical from crystals to lavender oil to mystical truths, healing roots and nature abound. Everything about Salem has my name all over it.
I’ve had this place on my Bucket List for a few years now, so finally placing my feet on Essex was nothing short of a real dream come true.
I can’t tell you how happy I was to make my way to what promised to be a magical town and unforgettable experience.
Due to logistics and timing, I only had one day to spend in Salem so it was important to me that I made the most of it.From sun up to sun down, I walked around in my fun and playful Witch garb as if I owned the town. Click To Tweet
So let’s talk about the attractions.
I was happy to enter Essex Street as soon as I arrived. There you will find the center of town, filled with attractions, shops, vendors, food stands, performers and more. My inner child was front and center the second I arrived. I walked the streets greeting other Salem enthusiasts while taking it all in.
I immediately found my way to Front Street where I grabbed a quick bite to eat and went and collected my ticket for the infamous Mock Trial experience, Crying Innocent!
I strongly recommend this if you go to Salem. It truly takes you back to the 1600’s and allows you to imagine what it must have been like during the Salem Witch Hysteria.
Images from the Mock Trial in Salem, MA “Crying Innocent”
Once I was done there, I headed toward The House of Seven Gables. However, on my way, I stopped at The Burying Point where you can find the graves of Capt, Richard More, John Hathorne and Rev. John Higginson just to name a few.
Centrally located this Memorial Site is one of the highlights of Salem.
The House of Seven Gables
Finally, I arrived at The House of Seven Gables
Being a lover of history, I just had to set my eyes on this place and do a full tour. This tour not only allows you to walk through the historic home, you are told stories of owners and how the home was passed down, and or acquired. You are also given the detailed thought behind the architecture, both original and re-vamped. With fixtures still in place that are over 300 years old, this attraction truly allows you to experience the feeling of time-travel, first hand.
One of the best features of The House of Seven Gables is that it was built on the Salem Harbor, offering it a spectacular view from inside and a beautiful garden just out back, rightfully named The Pyncheon Garden after the prominent Colonel Pyncheon whom the house was built for.
You can also see the home that Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in while you are there.
The Salem Witch Museum
My last and final major attraction was The Salem Witch Museum. I’d gone to other smaller attractions throughout the day that told bits and pieces of the stories surrounding the famous Witch Trials, but no other place in Salem told the story quite like The Salem Witch Museum.
The museum focuses on telling the story from the viewpoint of those that were innocently killed during the Salem Witch Hysteria. It truly focused on the first to die in all of the madness, Tituba. Tituba was a black slave believed to be from Barbados. Her trial was not only the first but the longest in a long string of frightening trials.
The remainder of my time spent there, I learned about many others that were believed to be innocently killed due to a flawed justice system, fear and ignorance amongst a vulnerable town, and very mischevious children who later regretted their contributions to all of the dysfunction.
The Salem Witch Museum also pays homage to the Pagan religion and demonstrates how the term “Witch” is associated with Scapegoat. Sadly the religion and the term have taken on some very damaging and negative associations that are far from the truth.
I’d probably say that if you did anything at all in Salem, this is the one attraction that mustn’t be missed. (In my Salem town voice, lol)
My only regret was not making it to the Witch House and the Peabody Essex Museum. I’ve heard wonderful things about them both.
I do have a few days left in New England and I just might take a trip over to visit the two.
If I don’t make it back over this year, Salem is definitely a place that I plan to visit over and over again.
Cheers to all of Salem and its rich history as well as all of the Salem Enthusiasts out there. What a place to be bonded by. What an experience and feeling to know.
Blessed Be Salem…..Blessed Be!
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