This time my friends Bernie and Nicole came up for a weekend visit and it was an easy decision to visit Salem. Salem is of course associated with the witch trials of 1692. I had directions printed from yahoo which proved to be more confusing than helpful. I was driving and ended up getting lost in Boston. Let me tell you, that was NOT fun! We did go across a cool bridge that I had wanted to see but not at that point. This was one of the few times I felt very helpless driving lost. We made it there after 1pm and ate at an Irish pub then decided to visit the HOUSE of 7 GABLES which was very crowded with a wait of about an hour before our tour even started. There was one obnoxious girl that made the statement of "Why would you come here if you never read the book".
House of 7 Gables
Well, Nicole and I gave her the "evil eye" and that was that. This house was built in 1668 and was later acquired by Nathaniel Hawthorne's relatives. His birthplace is a red house beside it, born July 4, 1804. The harbor was pretty and had a small white lighthouse. We only had time for one more place and decided upon the Salem Witch Museum which was another hour wait. We were placed into groups and stood around until it was our turn. We went into a large room with seating on the sides while looking up at the wax figure scenes when lit up. It told the story of the witch trials of 1692 with a narraration. We walked back to the parking garage after our long day and took a different route home which was much easier and we didn't get lost. :)