Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Salem, MA

We stopped at Salem, Mass. and boy was it cute. Very colonial with some modern thrown in. We first stopped by the visitor center which was HUGE! Very nice too- we're betting they get a lot of tourists and school groups.

We picked up a map and the lady that worked there helped us out by showing us this cool feature they have though out the town. A red line painted on the sidewalks that guides you to attractions! Super cool and super helpful.

We then walked over to the graveyard they had in town that had headstones dating back to the 1600s. They also had stone monuments that had the names of some of those killed during the Salem witch trials, including Giles Corey.

Afterward, we continued following the red line and saw the Friendship of Salem, a tall ship, that sits in the bay right across from the Customs House and some other historic homes.

We continued on to The House of the Seven Gables. Built in 1668, it's the oldest surviving 17th-century mansion in New England. Super cool and really historic. Next door they had Nathaniel Hawthorne's (author of The House of the Seven Gables- based on the home- and The Scarlet Letter) birthplace which had been moved there in order to protect it.

We then went to the The Salem Witch Museum, informative, but definitely more of a $4 museum than an $8 museum (what they charge per person).

All in all it was a nice stop, and there was much more to see that we didn't have time for. It was also raining, so that 'dampened' our stop a bit. Hahaha. It's probably even better in the summer months!

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