A Writer's Journey

October 31, 2013

Historical Places Month, Part Four: Salem, MA

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This is the last part of our series. However, our last entry is apropos of the season: Salem, Massachusetts.

A small town outside Boston, the events of 1692 have secured its place in infamy. But there is more to Salem than the Witch Trials.

In the early days of the country, Salem was a thriving port city. Nathaniel Hawthorne, the author of “The House of the Seven Gables” and “The Scarlet Letter,” worked as a customs officer there. And as a port city, Salem thrived. Wealthy people called the town home. And some of their houses still stand in Salem today. Park rangers will give you a tour of the houses and tell you the unknown history of Salem.

Also down by the waterfront is the House of Seven Gables. Yes, it is a real place. The house was owned by Nathaniel Hawthorne’s cousin and she often let him stay with her. It inspired him to write the novel. People can get a tour of the house, though I warn you it does involve cramped spaces. Claustrophobes are advised not to go on the tour.

But there is still much dedicated to the Witch Trials. Because they were convicted of witchcraft, the victims were unable to be buried in the graveyard. So there are little memorials to them outside.

There are also re-enactments. The one I recommend is the re-enactment of Bridget Bishop’s trial. My family sat in on it and it was great.

And of course, I also recommend just wandering around the town. Get the New England town feel.

Thus ends our historical places month. I hope you go visit one or all of these places!

Next month: The annual insanity that is NaNoWriMo!

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