As we walked through the town, I was enamored with the quaintness of it. The town really is full of witchcraft, though, which is kind of ironic, considering they tried to abolish it all those years ago. They hung innocent people for being witches, yet, witchcraft is so prevalent there today. That may be intriguing for some, but the history of witchcraft was not our cup of tea. We bypassed the Salem Witch Museum and opted for a "less scary" visit.
We ran across a cemetery, founded in 1637, where a Witchcraft Trials judge, a Mayflower passenger, and a Massachusetts governor are buried. Then, we literally just drove by Nathaniel Hawthorne's House of the Seven Gables. (Here's a bit of trivia: one of Nathaniel Hawthorne's ancestors was on the presiding counsel of the Salem witch trials. To get away from the stigma attached to his name, he added the "w" to distance himself from the legacy that had followed him and his family.)
Along our visit, we toured a small museum that gave a little bit of the history of Salem. (The name escapes me now!) It also gave a brief biography of Nathaniel Hawthorne.
We decided to take a break at a little ice cream shop, Maria's Sweet Somethings, on Front Street. Loved it!!! You always have time to take a break for ice cream! You can have your pick of ice cream, yogurt, candy, soda, and other sweet treats!
There was so much more to do, but our time was limited! It was time to officially say good-bye to Massachusetts and head for Maine!!
A memorial to one of the townspeople hung for practicing
witchcraft, which was later confirmed false.
Salem Witch Museum...which we did not visit.
Can you guess who? My daughter and I are fighting over
Samantha's (of Bewitched fame!) broom.
Museum in Salem.
One of my favorite places in Salem, Maria's Sweet Somethings!
Oldest cemetery in Salem.
One of the headstones in the cemetery.
The House of the Seven Gables