Witches and Ghosts in Salem, Mass.

Salem Travel Blog

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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.

The outside of the Witch Dungeon.
We decided to hit the Witch Dungeon first as it sounded the goriest (is that a word??) and we're sick like that.  It was a really interesting place, when you first go in you sit in seats and watch a play of the witch trials but it's almost like you're in the jury, really cool. After that piece you go down to the dungeon area and look around. The actual building was destroyed and evidently a bank was built on the site of the original dungeon. The guide said that they really tried to wipe out all remnants of that part of Salem history. When they were building the bank they found a beam that was from the original dungeon and it is hanging in the basement of the now Witch Dungeon. The guide said that if a woman touched it they would have good luck so I of course touched it like 50 times, lol.
Us in the stocks.

     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.

The original beam from the Witch Dungeon.
I also find it ironic that the Mayor of Salem who was out of town during the events really paid no attention to what was happening until he received word that his wife had been accused of being a witch then he returned to Salem and promptly put a stop to the accusations and executions.

     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.

Okay I'm exxagerating it was like 78 pictures but still my attention span is VERY short so it seemed like 1,500 pictures. We did find the ones we wanted and I have to say it was a blast I would definitely do it again.

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.

Teking the accused away.
There was also a replica of a pirate ship that you could go on and I really enjoyed that.

     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.

We also did some shopping there were ton's of occult stores in Salem and ton's of places that had some really cool stuff to look at. I collect dragons and there were ton's of dragon things everywhere.

     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.

The buried the dead in shallow gravs arond Gallow's Hill.
I'll show you later.  The tour lasted about and hour or so and Kerry and I would linger places so we spent a good deal of it running to catch up to our group, some things never change no matter how old we get. This is why I love going on vacation with Kerry. She lets me make and idiot out of myself and doesn't get mad and more often than not just joins in.

     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.

The end result of the "photo shoot".
Kerry went and looked for a flashlight in the car but it was about to burn out. It wouldn't have been bad if there had been a moon. but like I said it was pitch black. I decided to head in anyway, Kerry decided against it so I set off down the path. I would take a flash picture so I had light for a couple of seconds and then I'd have to stop and let my eyes adjust and do it again. I did this like 3-4 times when I started to think about the movie Saw. There's that scene in the movie where the guy is walking thru his apartment and setting off his flash to see because there's no light and all of the sudden he sees that pig faced monster thingy in his flashlight. Yeah, I started to think about that and that my friends ended my progress into the woods.
The Witch Memorial.
I turned around and high tailed it out of there back to the car.

Aditu says:
haha me too, but we have to vacations out of the country this year, you know what that means. LOL.
Posted on: Jan 29, 2007
euphemy says:
I'm still waiting for the "good luck" to take place!
Posted on: Jan 29, 2007
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The outside of the Witch Dungeon.
The outside of the Witch Dungeon.
Us in the stocks.
Us in the stocks.
The original beam from the Witch D…
The original beam from the Witch …
Teking the accused away.
Teking the accused away.
The buried the dead in shallow gra…
The buried the dead in shallow gr…
The end result of the photo shoot…
The end result of the "photo shoo…
The Witch Memorial.
The Witch Memorial.
Quotes at the Memorial Garden.
Quotes at the Memorial Garden.
Pirate Museum.
Pirate Museum.
Definitely NOT Capt Jack Sparrow.
Definitely NOT Capt Jack Sparrow.
Giles Cory the guy who got pressed…
Giles Cory the guy who got presse…
This is why I have no idea who the…
This is why I have no idea who th…
No ghost orb.
No ghost orb.
Ghost orb.
Ghost orb.
Ghost orbs.
Ghost orbs.
More ghost orbs.
More ghost orbs.
The pictures I got from the attemp…
The pictures I got from the attem…
The pictures I got from the attemp…
The pictures I got from the attem…
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