Salem MA - Piece of History

Salem, MA

Since 1626, settlers arrived in Salem lead by Roger Conant and Salem has been attracting people every since. Many come to visit and some decide to stay and make Salem their home. Salem has a rich history in the spice trade with the East Indies, plus it is the birthplace of the National Guard. Millions of people from around the globe visit Salem annually. Of course, Halloween is very busy and has numerous fun attractions.

Salem is the most well known as the site of the famous for the witch trials as of 1692, but this colorful, coastal city has much to offer both residents and visitors. This area has a culturally diverse population, plus it is rich in maritime heritage. The unique historical architecture covers the last four centuries. Along the waterfront the spice trade is gone, but they have diverse recreation and commercial sites.

Halloween - Salem MA (Witch Town). 2010

Fun with Friends

Carol and I.. How can you smoke while in that position, I have not a clue.
Carol and I.. How can you smoke while in that position, I have not a clue.

Day in Salem, MA

My friend, Carol, lived in Connecticut a few years ago, so my sister and I went to visit. We decided to spend a day in Salem. It was really interesting and we had so much fun. We went to the common tourists spots, like the Witches House and the Museum. We heard the horrid stories of the witch trials We toured the shops and ate in the restaurants. We were there in early October, and they have all kinds of festivals in the fall of the year.

Salem Witch Museum

A marker19 1/2 Washington Square North Salem, Massachusetts 01970 -
19 N Washington Square, Salem, MA 01970, USA
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Inside Witch Museum


Witch House Museum

One of the places we visited was the Witch House Museum which was the home of the Witch Trials. The Witch house is the only building still standing that has any connection to the trials. It was the home of Judge Jonathan Corwin. He was a Puritan, a local magistrate and civic leader.

He was called upon to investigate the claims of diabolical activity when a surge of witchcraft accusations arose in Salem and neighboring communities. All nineteen girls refused to admit to witchcraft and maintained their innocence throughout. When you visit the House they recount the events of the trials and discuss witchcraft in general.

Mysterious Journeys: The Witches of Salem

My Sister

My sister may be under a spell at this point.
My sister may be under a spell at this point.

Witch Trials

The witch trials were also held in other communities with 150 people were arrested and imprisoned. The two courts convicted twenty-nine people of the capital felony of witchcraft. Nineteen of the accused, fourteen women and five men, were hanged.

This house was almost torn down in 1944, but concerned citizens raised $42,500 needed to move and restore the building. The new museum opened in 1948. Today they tell about the trials and the material culture of that period.

Nathan Hale Statue


Nathan Hale

Nathan Hawthorne, the famous author, was born in Salem in 1804. He actually changed his last name to Hale to disassociate himself from the witch trials. He attended Bowdoin with one of his classmates being Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

He started his writing career anonymously at first, and then published several short stories. One of his best known stories is The Scarlet Letter. His themes usually centered around new England and the themes often reflected the inherent evil and sin of humanity.

Artist Row

There is a unique little area called Artist Row. The artist stalls are open from May 27th to November 1st.

There are all kinds of neat little shops and a restaurant called The Lobster Shanty Restaurant with this sign describing their service.

Things To Do:

  • Warm Beer
  • Lousy Food
  • Rude Bartenders
  • Surly Waitresses
  • Cranky Cooks
  • Rowdy Regulars
  • Nervous Lobsters

However, the food is quite good and it is all in good fun

Artist Row


Salem Maritime National Historic Site

A markerSalem Maritime National Historic Site Salem, MA 01970 -
Salem Maritime National Historic Site, Salem, MA 01970, USA
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Friendship Boat


Salem National Maritime Building

The National Park Service where the National Maritime building is located is another great place to visit and covers nice acres and about an hour to tour. The Derby House was built in the Cape Cod area in 1762, by Elias Hasket and Elizabeth Crown in Shield Derby, and they lived there for the first 20 years while raising 7 children. Hasket converted many of his cargo vessels to privateers as part of the war effort. He also became even wealthier so after the Revolutionary War, he and others founded the great East India trade. This is another house which you may choose to tour

Docked there is the Salem East India Friendship,which was launched in 1797. She made 15 voyages during her career to Batavia, India, China, South America, the Caribbean, England, Germany, the Mediterranean, and Russia, but was eventually captured by the British.

Maritime Port


Peabody Essex Museum


Salem Homes


Halloween Street Party


Peabody Essex Museum

One other worthy place to tell you about is the Peabody Essex Museum.

The museum has so much to offer with wonderful exhibits and the new Treasure from the Golden City. They also have a Tour of historic homes as they have been a pioneer of acquisition, relocation, restoration and interpreting historic events. Salem has a wonderful variety of homes that include every American style of architecture.

A new exhibit in Salem is the Peabody Essex Museum unveiling the Chinese Emperor’s Private Paradise: Treasure from the Forbidden City, on view from September 14, 2010 – January 9, 2011. This is the Emperor’s private retreat deep within the Forbidden City which is an 18th century compound hidden in a quadrant of the huge imperial complex near the Qianlong Garden (also known as the Tranquility and Longevity Palace) which is part of a ten year conservation initiative.

The museum has so much to offer with wonderful exhibits and the new Treasure from the Golden City exhibit, which just started. Ninety objects of ceremony and leisure, including murals, paintings, wall coverings, furniture, architectural elements, jades and cloisonné will unveil the reign of the Qianlong Emperor (r1736-1796), which is one of history’s most influential figures as he was very powerful and one of the most wealthy men in the world during his lifetime. He was a devout Buddhist, a connoisseur and a scholar. He created a luxurious garden compound.

In Conclusion

Accommodations for lodging and restaurants are wonderful in Boston and you can find good accommodations in Salem as well. They have two hotels that have award winning service with great restaurants, plus there are many bed and breakfast locations.

There are enough attractions to keep you busy for days if you have the time. Salem is an interesting place to visit and uniquely different from anywhere else I have been.

Salem MA Enthusiam


© 2010 Pamela Oglesby

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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA

Cool Info Pam a nice read..

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Hmrjmr, Thanks so much for your comments.

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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

Pamela, a nice introduction to a place I've always thought I'd like to see with all the history it holds and has inspired many writers over time, voted up Dusty

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Dusty, Thanks for your comments.

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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Thanks for the info I love Mass and I adore Boston. Now I have another cool place to visit.

partisan patriot 6 years ago


Let’s see Massachusetts home of Ted Kennedy and Barney Fag; after those two the witches look pretty good!

Double Double Toil and Trouble

Throw the Dems in the pot and watch em bubble!

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

POP, Boston is an interesting place except for the fast drivers. Thanks for your comments.

Patriot, And so you think you are pretty clever,

I think you may stretch this rhythm forever.

Thanks for the comments.

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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV


Thank you for a wonderful hub. Both the photos, and the visuals evoked by your descriptions make me feel as I've actually been there!!!!!!!

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Tom, Thank you so much for your comments.

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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

An impressive tour of a well known town because of the trial. What a tragedy? You gave a lot more interesting information about the town which i never knew. Thank you for your well written hub.

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JY3502 6 years ago from Florence, South Carolina

Really exceptional hub Pam. Great work.

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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Fascinating hub, Pamela. First, I'm going to visit the amazing Witch House Museum and second, the amusing Lobster Shanty Restaurant with its rowdy regulars (my kind of place).

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Hello, I am glad you enjoyed the hub and thank you for your comments.

JY, Thanks so much for your comments.

drbj, It sounds like a lot of fun to me. Thanks for your comments.

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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY

Ah this Hub brings back so many memories, I haven't been back to Salem since I was a little girl. And now after reading this I cant wait to go back there! Beautiful pics, I especially love the one in front of the Salems Witch museum!!!!

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Shari, It is a fun place to visit. Thanks for your comments.

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Awesome and would like to visit there, too although I'd probably burst into tears about it all. The pictures are wonderful - especially your sister having a 'spell'.

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Audry, My sister is a lot of fun. Thanks for your comments.

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Simone Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

Great hub! The photos are really fun, and this takes me right back to my visit there some years back.

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Simone, Thank you so much for your comments. Photos let us relive those fun moments.

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Michael Jay 6 years ago

Wow! This is a really wonderful hub, Pamela. The photos are really fantastic. This is truly one of the best places to visit and to have fun. :)

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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Michael Jay, Your enthusiasm makes me want to return and there is so much to do in the Boston area. Thanks so much for your comment.

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Support Med. 5 years ago from Michigan

I recently watched the movie about the Salem Witch Trials and it was intense. If the outcome in real life was the same as the movie, I must conclude that too many lives were lost to satisfy the ego of authority. If only survivors of those accused and 'hung' could sue. Salem does, however, look like a beautiful place to vist. Voted/rated.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Support Med, I think the witch trials were horrid and I believe people were more superstitious at that time which may have added to situation. Regardless, as to visiting Salem, or Boston for that matter there is so much to do and it makes for a wonderful vacation. Thanks so much for your comments.

bouyki 3 years ago from kentra maroc

Good Thank observer of Senior writer

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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

bouki, Thank you for your comment.

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