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Famous Haunted Places -- Salem, Massachusetts

Updated on March 10, 2011



I doubt there is anyone in America who isn’t aware of the atrocities that took place in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. Almost 200 Innocent people were accused and imprisoned for practicing witchcraft by May of 1693. Ninetten were hung, an 80 year old man (Giles Corley) was crushed, and many others perished while imprisoned.

Apologies from the state of Massachusetts came 250 years too late for those who died. I guess the state and city of Salem have attempted to make up for their trespasses by preserving the memory of what took place in Salem so that it will never happen again.

I have visited Salem. It was an interesting experience. Most of the town has been preserved almost as it was in the 1600s. I felt as though I had stepped out of a time machine as I walked through the streets of Salem, particularly near the waterfront. I felt spirits everywhere I went… especially at the Salem cemetery.

The Old Burying Point Cemetery, is reportedly the most haunted area of Salem. This cemetery is one of my favorite cemeteries, and I’ve been to a LOT of cemeteries! Many of the “residents” of the cemetery are those who were accused of witchcraft.

The Hawthorne House is also reportedly haunted. It was built in the 1920s over the apple orchard owned by Bridget Bishop, the first woman executed for witchcraft. Many visitors have reported hearing unexplained sounds and occurrences at the hotel.

At the Lyceum building people smell apples, despite the fact that they are not on the menu. Construction workers also report feeling a presence and experienced unexplained problems with their electrical equipment while working in the building.

The Custom House is another one of Salem paranormally charged locations. There have been reports of people hearing the voices of ship captains talking about their treasures, footsteps, strange lights, and floating orbs.

The House of the Seven Gables, made famous by Salem resident, Nathanial Hawthorne, was built in 1668—any building that is that old has to have some paranormal activity attached to it! And it does! Many visitors to the home have reported strange feelings of being watched, hearing people whispering in their ear and hearing tapping on the windows from the inside when they were standing on the outside. A few passersby have sworn they have seen someone looking out of the upstairs windows at them after the house has been closed for the day. The attic seems to be the center of paranormal activity.

It is now believed that a fungus in the bread might have been the cause for the irrational behavior of the three girls who started the witch trials, and not witchcraft. Once again, an explanation comes 250 years too late for the restless spirits who still reside in this paranormal hot spot!


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    • Christine B. profile image

      Christine B. 7 years ago from Medina, Ohio

      Ha-Ha... Read on! :o)

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      Helen Murphy Howell 7 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Fascinating hub and very creepy indeed! Loved it.

    • Christine B. profile image

      Christine B. 7 years ago from Medina, Ohio

      Go! It is one of the most remarkable places I've ever been to. You'd love it.

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      Sam Little 7 years ago from Wheelwright KY

      I would love to visit salem.