Explore This! Salem, Massachusetts

Filed in Explore This , The Quirky Lover Posted on November 29, 2010 @ 3:00 pm 6 comments

I’ve had the pleasure of reading a couple of Nathaniel Hawthorne short stories this year through two of my university courses, The Birthmark and most recently, Young Goodman Brown. This got me thinking about Salem, Massachusetts…and of course what it is most famous for.

What I didn’t know before was that Nathaniel Hawthorne had ancestors that were involved in the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. Hawthorne was born in Salem, so his family must have resided in the town for several generations. For more information on the Witch Trials (I found this an interesting account of what happened and why) click here. There was a lot of misunderstandings that got completely out of hand, and were fueled by young girls and family resentments.

Salem, MA is a lovely, old town with lots of history but sadly has this bad reputation, even centuries later, for what turned out to be a few months of insanity. There are some lovely old buildings along with a bit of tongue-in-cheek memorializing on todays tour. Enjoy!

Derby House

The House of Seven Gables

Lafayette Street

The Old Burying Cround

Boats in the port
Pickering House

The Salem Witch Museum…someone had a sense of humour here
The House of Seven Gables lit up….looks quite spooky now.

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Jackie is a quirky mom, living in Ontario, Canada. She's a bookkeeper by day and a book lover by night. She also blogs at The Novel Nation and writes occasionally for Heroes and Heartbreakers.

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  • Kim Harrington November 29, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    I love visiting Salem. Great post!

  • Audra November 29, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    I love Salem — my wife and I keep house-hunting there — just in case there's a cottage by the sea we can afford! 😉 This post makes me want to visit again this coming weekend!

  • LSUReader November 29, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    I remember visiting Salem years ago and learning it was primarily a seaport town. I hadn't known that. All anyone hears about Salem is witches. But you're right, it's a lovely town. Nice post; great photos. Thanks.

  • Jackie November 29, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    @Kim – Thank you!

    @Audra – A cottage by the sea? Sounds lovely. Hopefully it works out for you!

    @LSU – I had to get in a pic of a lighthouse. If it has an ocean front view, lighthouse or castle, it makes the top of my destination list!

  • draconismoi November 29, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    @ LSU – Yeah, when I moved to Boston I wanted to go to Salem to see all the witch museum stuff. And wow was that a total waste of time. It's all glitz and glamor with no substance.

    Though I did have a friend playing one of the Puritan Girls at the museum. Seeing her have a "fit" as part of the "historical tour" was hilarious.

    Generally though? Avoid any Salem-related witchery. It's all about selling trinkets to the tourists.

  • Jenny N. November 29, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Wow it really has the old world and small town feel. I admit that when I think of Salem the first thing that comes to mind is the witch trials.

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