Overall, I was disappointed in Salem. It was less historic and more hokey than I had expected, and our stopover was quick because of this. I’ll hit some of the major points, and show some pictures below.
The Witch House
This is the only structure still standing in Salem with direct ties to the trials. I repeat, THIS IS THE ONLY STRUCTURE STILL STANDING IN SALEM WITH DIRECT TIES TO THE TRIALS. Everything else here is just… for show – in respect to the trials. There are still other historic things. Anyway, the Witch House, also known as The Jonathan Corwin House, was the home of Judge Jonathan Corwin. He was a local magistrate and civic leader who investigated the claims of the witchcraft accusations. He served on the Court of Oyer and Terminer, which ultimately sent the nineteen to the gallows when they refused to admit to witchcraft.
The House Of Seven Gables
This is another famous place to visit in Salem. Originally, it’s a house built for one of the most successful maritime families. Now it’s designated a National Historic Landmark District and best known as the setting of American author’s Nathaniel Hawthorne book.
Salem Maritime National Historic Site
A lot of the local restaurants are pretty silly and try to keep with the whole witch theme. This is The Witches Brew Cafe. The food was okay, but it’s located within walking distance to a lot of the major sites, which makes it convenient.
The Salem Witch Museum
So this museum is BASED ON actual trial documents. Visitors experience life-size stage sets, interpretations of what the witches were like, etc.