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"BEWITCHING SALEM" Top 5 Page for this destination Salem by LoriPori

Salem Travel Guide: 456 reviews and 1,270 photos


Sunday, September 23, 2007
SALEM is a residential and tourist area which includes the neighbourhoods of Salem Neck, South Salem, North Salem and Witchcraft Heights. Most people associate the city with the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, which the city embraces both as a source of tourism and culture.
Salem also embraces its glorious maritime past. Its "Salem Marine National Historic Site" protects Salem's historic waterfront.
Other attractions include witch-related Salem Wax Museum, Salem Witch Village, Salem Witch Museum and Salem Witch House. Historic sites include the wonderful House of the Seven Gables, Derby House and Customs House.
So come along with Hans and I, and fellow VTers and hope you will have as much fun as we did.


Salem's own three-masted tall ship THE "FRIENDSHIP" is an exact replica of a 1797, 171-foot three-masted Salem East Indiaman . Constructed at Scarano Boat Building in Albany, New York. The original Friendship sailed the world, trading for exotic spices, sugar and coffee, making voyages to China, Java, Sumatra, Madras, London, Hamburg and other European ports.
The ship is open for tours at Historic Derby Wharf.


Built in 1818, the CUSTOM HOUSE in Salem is typical of the Federal Period Style of building. During the early 19th century, between 8% and 12% of the nation's revenues were collected in this building.
The "Custom House" is part of the Salem Maritime National Historic Site.
The part of the building which I really liked was the golden eagle perched at the top - absolutely beautiful.

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  • Last visit to Salem: Sep 2007
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  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Mar 12, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    I want to visit here, even more now after visiting your lovely page. Thank you for the great tour!

    • LoriPori's Profile Photo
      Mar 13, 2014 at 3:02 AM

      I do have to say that visiting Salem was fun. Lots of quirky things to do. Thanks for stopping by.

  • GentleSpirit's Profile Photo
    Aug 20, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    I enjoyed reading your Salem pages, I went there long ago and didn't take very many pictures. I remember it being VERY cold (twas late in the year) A catholic priest advised us on which witchcraft sites we should see in town and we even got to meet the mayor at the time, who claimed she was a witch.

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    Jan 1, 2010 at 9:36 PM

    Did not knopw Salem was by the sea...looks like an awesome place - especially the Witch Museum and that place - BUNGHOLE, hahaha....excellent pages, Norman :)

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Nov 21, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    The Salem witch museum must be a very interesting place to visit as the name "Salem" is so strongly linked with the name "witch" for ever!

  • haunted1030's Profile Photo
    Sep 29, 2008 at 5:48 PM

    Great page Lori. Trish and I will be here in a couple of weeks. I can't wait and its one of her favorite places. Trish just told me that she met you in Portsmouth.

  • Gypsystravels's Profile Photo
    Jul 24, 2008 at 7:59 AM

    Hi Lori, love your Salem page and the pic of Hansi as a "witch" is great!! I've been thinking of visiting Salem on a road trip we'll be doing in a few weeks...seems like I'll have a "witching" time :)

  • Kaspian's Profile Photo
    Mar 7, 2008 at 5:15 PM

    Hahaha.... How you managed to get 17 tips from about 6 hours, I'll never know! You're a fantastic fact-sponge Lori and bless you for it! XX, Ed.

  • jo104's Profile Photo
    Nov 5, 2007 at 2:13 AM

    Thanks for your Salem tips, an apple is a strange thing to leave on a tribute bench - any reason why?

  • Mehmet1234's Profile Photo
    Oct 28, 2007 at 7:44 AM

    You are welcome Lori :) Have a happy traveling. Mehmet

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Oct 22, 2007 at 11:44 AM

    Lori, This was a blast to visit you visiting Salem. Super fun travelogues. The statues, cemetery, museums, and ship are all fantastic. Also liked your descriptions of the shops.


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