LOCATION: Salem, MA
Anyone that knows me knows I will never turn down a good ghost haunt and Salem is probably one of the best places to do this! Salem is a very small town in Massachusetts and I would venture to say that most of the witch stuff is located on Essex Street.
The Puritans settled here to obtain religious freedoms for themselves. The laws were extremely strict as well, which contributed to the breeding grounds for the persecutions. The witch trials were a series of prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft during 1692-1693. The trials resulted in the executions of mostly women by hanging.
This all started with two young girls, Betty Parris and Abigail Williams. They started having bad behavior such as screaming, throwing things around the room, making strange noises, and contorting themselves in weird positions. (Basically ANY child these days…). Doctors could not find anything wrong with them. Ann Putnam, Elizabeth Hubbard, and Sarah Good ended up being accused for afflicting this “witchcraft” onto Betty Parris and Abigail Williams. Others were accused as well when they expressed skepticism about the girls’ accusations. The hangings began soon after.
The small town of Salem was filled with witch trial shops and museums to go into. It was all very fascinating and the area had a historical feel about it that I really enjoyed.
Unfortunately for me, I had Marvel with me and we were unable to go into any of the buildings. We also were not allowed to go inside the graveyard, and only really permitted in the small memorial area. The memorial had some fresh flowers and notes there as well that I thought was interesting.
One memorial was for Rebecca Nurse, who was well respected by the community. A note was left for her saying “I am so sorry for what they did to you. Your legacy of strong New England women lives on in me”.
Another memorial that I noticed was one for Bridget Bishop. She was the first to be executed during the trials and it seems it was because she was “different” and outspoken during that time.
Overall I loved the town. There was a Hocus Pocus tour taking place that I would have loved to go to. There was much more that I was unable to explore since I had a dog with me. I plan on adding to go to Salem during Halloween on my list because it seems like the perfect place to be during that time.
WOULD I DO THIS AGAIN: Oh yes! But…without a dog along side of me