Witches and Ghosts in Salem, Mass.
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Kerry and I decided to get up early and head to Salem today; Kerry had been there before but I hadn't and I really wanted to see it. Of course as our luck would have it evidently everyone else was also going to Salem or at least in the geneal direction of Salem as we no sooner got on the highway and traffic heading north was in a standstill with <gasp> people blowing their horns. I know it's shocking but yes at 830am people were already armed with their trusty horns and ready for battle on the Mass turnpike. We did eventually get to Salem and it was a beautiful day to walk around and visit some sights.
We headed to the visitor center to get our bearings and found this 3 in 1 ticket that got you into the Wtich Dungeon, the Witch History Museum and the Pirate Museum.
After we left the Witch Dungeon we decided to head to the Witch History Museum. This of course took much longer than it should have as we stood on the sidewalk in downtown Salem with the map and turned it like 50 times until we could figure out where the hell we were and where we wanted to get to. True tourists til the end :) We did eventually find the Witch History Museum (which ended up being 2 blocks away) and did the tour. It was a different kind of tour and offered different information, focusing mostly on how the hysteria started. There were a lot of different scenes of various occurances during the time. What I found really disturbing is that all of these people (I believe that there were 19) were killed based on the accusations of a small group of girls and yet noone seems to know why the girl's said what they did or were there any consequences for there actions.
On our way to the Pirate Museum we stopped at a mall as I was on a quest for t-shirts. I have a serious problem with t-shirts and pottery and although I have gotten better in my old age with the t-shirts I absolutely needed to buy a couple this day. While we were in the mall we found this place that did those tin type photos and being the ham's that we are decided that would be the perfect souvenior for the day. We changed into some witch costumes and had a little "photo shoot" where we spent most of the time laughing and then had to go through like 1,500 pictures to find the ones we wanted.
We also got sidetracked at the Witches Memorial which is an enclosed area with stones dedicated to all the people who were accused and executed. There are also stones on the ground with quotes from the accused proclaiming there innocence.
We then headed to the Pirate Museum. I was really looking forward to it in the hopes that there would be a Capt Jack Sparrow lookalike there, but not so much. It was really cool though; the guide gave us some history on all the famous pirates like Blackbeard and Captain Kidd and also information on some lesser known pirates.
We decided to eat after the Pirate Museum and on the advice of the guy at the visitor's center found the Witches Brew Cafe which had really, really, really good Caesar's salad. We had decided early on that we were going to do a ghost tour, Kerry and I seek out ghost tours everywhere we go so of course the chance to do one in Salem had us frothing at the mouth. The only thing was that it didn't start until 8:30pm and it was like 6:00pm so we had some time to kill. We decided to see the Salem Wax Museum and it was a really cool place. There was a guy during the witch trial's who was in his 80's and they pressed him to death; they buried him and put heavy stones on him in hopes that he would confess and every time he didn't they put more and more stones on him until he was pressed to death!! Now that would suck.
Finally it was 8:30pm and we headed out with our group for the Spellbound Ghost Tour which was run by a lady who has written lot's of books about the ghosts of Salem and who people seemed to recognize but I was forcing Kerry to take goofy pictures at the time and therefore was not really paying attention, whoops. Anyway, the tour was really cool we went to some creepy places and I got some pics of some ghost orbs. Now I know what you're thinking, rigth ghost orbs, but really I would take a pic and nothing, then I would take the same picture again and BAM ghost orb.
At this point it was around 10:00pm and we decided we had better head back home, I talked Kerry into making one last stop at the place that the old Gallow's Hill was. It was super creepy there, pitch black, no moon and even though it was on the edge of a recreation field it was desolate and spooky. I walked across the field and found a path that led into the woods and decided that I wanted to see where it went.