I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! I’ve been meaning to share a bunch of photos from a special trip. Back in late September the Pumpkin Prince and I set out for Salem, Massachusetts. This New England city is rich in history, as it is where the Salem witch trials took place in 1692 (remember the book, The Crucible?) It’s also one of the most significant seaports in American Puritan history. In Salem you can also find the House of the Seven Gables, the Satanic Temple Headquarters, haunted sites, good eats, loads of fun shops to browse, and a plethora of museums to visit.
Downtown Salem on a gloomy day
Statue of Roger Conant, the American colonist credited for establishing the communities of Salem, Peabody, and Danvers, MA
Another view of the Roger Conant statue, sculpted by Sir Henry Hudson Kitson
Old Town Hall featured in the Hocus Pocus movie
One of many museums, this one we didn’t actually visit but the façade looks cool.
The Stephen Phillips house, purportedly haunted – also open to the public, where you can see how the Phillips family lived during the early decades of the twentieth century.
The Clue House – yes, from the board game! Parker Brothers is based out of Salem.
I honestly can’t remember the name of this place but it was on our ghost walk tour. Spooky stuff.
One of many creepy details around town.
A charming sweets shop all gussied up for Halloween
The Witch House, Salem’s only building with direct ties to the Witch Trials, and the 17th century home of Judge Jonathan Corwin.
Guess who? Inside the Witch House
Pumpkin Prince inside the Witch House
Brooms for all!
Look at those pale legs! Lauren by the sea.
The Burying Point, the oldest cemetery in Salem, MA
Many early gravestones like the one on the left contain the “death’s head,” a stylized skull used in 17th century Boston. Boston-based Puritans were adamantly against using religious imagery on gravestones as they did not think the human form should be attributed to spiritual beings.
The House of the Seven Gables
Did you ever read The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne? This gothic novel was published in 1851 and had a strong influence on H.P. Lovecraft.
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s birth home.
One of many fine rooms inside the House of the Seven Gables.
This place even has a secret staircase!
Me ‘n the Pumpkin Prince by the blustery sea.
Do I spy a shark?
We absolutely loved our trip – there’s a lot of touristy things to do, and some cheesy witchy stuff, they really capitalize on all that and Salem is also called “Witch City.” But it’s really a charming place and they take Halloween seriously (and we ADORE Halloween). There’s no shortage of things to do and learn, and for people who enjoy the darker side of life, well there’s lots of creepy places of interest to check out. We left before the start of October when things get crazy there. On the way back we hit Sleepy Hollow, New York – but I’ll save that for another blog post. 😉