A day in Salem

Back in high school I read The Crucible; for those who don’t know its a play about the Salem Witch trials of 1962, its really good, I highly recommend it! So naturally one of the things on my to do list for the trip was visit Salem.

Taylor and I had been joined by Kirsten the night before and stayed up a little later than intended with cocktails and nibbles so we weren’t so great at getting up, but armed with coffee we figured we’d be alright after the 40min drive to Salem.

Our first stop was the Salem Witch trial Memorial, dedicated in 1992, it is a tribute to the 20 people who died during the hysteria.

Just down the street from the memorial was the witch village and wax museum, which we thought would be filled with information on the witch trials. Lets just say we should’ve done a bit more research before we made the trip. The Wax museum was actually pretty interesting, it told you a little more about the history of Salem, the people who settled there and how they made a living.

After learning a little about the history of Salem we headed across the road to hear about the actual witch trials, this is the part we got a little wrong. Salem witch village was not in fact a tour of the village where the trials occurred but in a lesson on the history of witches, we’re not too sure how accurate some of the tales were but the tour guide was entertaining so I wasn’t bored.

Between the wax museum and the memorial was ‘The Burying Point’, as the sign says it is the oldest graveyard in Salem and there are some pretty famous guys buried here including the great great grandfather of Nathaniel Hawthrone. Notice the spelling difference? Well he added the ‘w’ to distinguish himself from his relative who was linked so closely to the with trials.

After snooping through the graveyard and trying to find these famous graves we were famished so grabbed a bite to eat with a great mojito before heading back out to explore.

We weren’t quite sure what to do next so we decided to follow the red line, the Heritage trail. It’s a red line that runs around Salem taking you past all the historical sites. However my favourite site was definitely this one….

It was filled with lots of exciting things, chocolates, sweets, peanut brittle. Kid in a candy store says it all really. It took a really long time to pick out some treats to take away, but hey the best things take time!

 

 

Unfortunately it was time to head back to the city to grab some dinner and wait for Sara to join us. We started our meal at Piattini with Bellinis, presseco and wine followed by some good hearty Italian food. We picked up a couple of extra bottles of wine on the way back to the hotel ready for Sara’s arrival.

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