"A Witchy Town" Salem by SteveOSF

Salem Travel Guide: 456 reviews and 1,268 photos

Salem and Its Trials

Salem is located north of Boston on Massachusetts' Atlantic coast. In Salem between 1692 and 1693, over 200 people were accused of practicing witchcraft. Trails were held and twenty people were executed as a result. Nineteen of those killed were hung and one was crushed to death by heavy rocks. Eventually people began to realize the big mistake they were making and by May of 1693 all those accused were pardoned.

Today Salem embraces its witchy past. The old city center is filled with witch paraphernalia and exhibits. They even have a witch museum.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Historic, interesting town with a certain witchy charm.
  • Cons:Traffic into the town can be heavy.
  • In a nutshell:Historic town that can cast a spell over you.
  • Last visit to Salem: Sep 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • risse73's Profile Photo
    Sep 18, 2008 at 7:37 PM

    It's always a tragedy when a community resorts to these "witchhunts." Sad, but it's around us even to this very day in any corner of the world. Salem just happens to be a symbol of this on-going human social drama. Hope all's well Steve! -Marissa-

  • Ewingjr98's Profile Photo
    Mar 5, 2008 at 5:05 PM

    Funny how a town thrives on a 300+ year old event that most towns would try to keep quiet, huh?


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