"Witch Way do You Go" Top 5 Page for this destination Salem by BruceDunning

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SAlem is Witchery

Besides its reknowned fame as being a place to eliminate witches (only 16 were killed) it was a critical seaport for goods shipment. That lasted until about 1830-40's, and then that wained. The town was founded in 1630, the oldest in the area when Puritans tried to get out of the reach of King James I in England.

Witch trails is the Vogue

This depicts the popularity of witches and the history to present. There are museums, haunted houses and tours that can be taken. The witch hunt was only lasting a little time, and during then 16 women were killed. The tradition of the times was for people to believe in witch phenomomon and the ones tried were not doing their job, or were suspect of too much chacanery. They have a 3 week event drawing 150,00 people to to town to see the haunt.

Old History preserved

Parks Service has control of the wharf and Freedom ship and some houses. The tour is worth the trip. They got control of the whole area in 1938 and renovated much of the houses.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:The history of the shipping and commerce was good
  • Cons:The witch thing is too much and overplayed
  • In a nutshell:Trying to draw tourists, they played on sessationilism
  • Last visit to Salem: Oct 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • travelgourmet's Profile Photo
    Oct 6, 2010 at 5:29 PM

    Bruce, read this in time for Halloween. lol My wife and I visited Salem and found the "tourists museums" hokey. Enjoyed driving around the town and seeing the homes.

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Jan 8, 2010 at 7:39 AM

    Yes I thought the witch thing was overplayed and too touristy too - sadly we didn't stay around long enough to see the other side to the town, so thanks for showing me that there is one :-)

  • kokoryko's Profile Photo
    Jul 24, 2009 at 3:15 PM

    The witches of Salem, thanks to A. Miller evoke me the Mc Carthy times in US, which is over; good you prevent us from the “witchery”, Bruce, it is probably overplayed, but I may like to visit one day, to see “Old New England”; thanks for this page.

  • Pawtuxet's Profile Photo
    Jun 27, 2009 at 6:23 AM

    Hope you enjoyed Salem. there are some wonderfully restored old homes there aside from the "witch frenzy".

  • jumpingnorman's Profile Photo
    May 12, 2009 at 12:41 PM

    Would love to visit Salem to see how thWitches Theme has affected tourism - but looks like there's more to salem than just witchcraft....I've never been to Boston even - I should visit soon, Norman :)

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Nov 5, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    A very comprehensive with helpful information page. Loved your Friendship TAll Ship tip. Thank Bruce for sharing!


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