" The mysterious statue" Salem Things to Do Tip by gosiaPL

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  Statue of Roger Conant
by gosiaPL

This statue of the cloaked man in pilgrim's hat is quite imposing - you can't help asking who this guy was! Its location in front of the Witch Museum makes many believe that he was somehow linked to the 1692 Witch Trial. He was not, in fact he died before the whole thing started!

His name was Roger Conant (1592-1679) and he was the founding father of the city. He and his followers established a new settlement in what was then called Naumkeag, and in 1629 they renamed it Salem for "Shalom" meaning 'peace'.

Address: Right in the junction in front of the Witch Museum

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Aug 9, 2004
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