Salem, the city of witches and more ...

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Joel Fulleda

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Salem together with Lawrence is the capital of Essex County in the state of Massachusetts. Located in a happy position, just 25 miles from Boston, overlooking the bay of Massachusetts, the Atlantic Ocean with the historic port of the same name. It is from this ancient site that the visit to this wonderful city with a rich history can start.

The site can be visited free of charge except for the movie "Salem Witch Hunt" (of the famous witch trial that took place here in 1692 we will have the opportunity to talk about later!) And tells the story of one of the oldest ports in the States United. With a visit of a couple of hours you can admire Derby Wharf, the longest of the three piers, the construction of which was begun in 1762 by Richard Derby Sr., one of Salem's wealthiest merchants.

But there are many other things to do and see in the historic water front of the city of Salem, such as for example visit the lighthouse built in 1871 or the Orientation Center, a warehouse built around 1770. Inside you can see the original wooden beams that were designed to hold the weight of tons and tons of exotic goods such as tea, spices and silk.

We said that Salem has been known since 1692 for its famous witch hunt and otherwise it could not have been here: the Halloween party here lasts for the whole month of October. If you are in this period, haunted happenings take place here, haunted events and shows that start after sunset. Enthusiasts, citizens and tourists alike, gather in the heart of the city, wearing distinctive costumes, and create a spectacular parade starting from Shetland Park to the city park of Salem Common. There will be markets, gastronomic events and themed shows. And to satisfy our curiosities about the Salem witches, we can pay a visit to the Salem Witch Museum at 19 ½ Washington Square. Here you can admire royal documents dating back to the time that testify to the presence of witches and see historical sources documenting witch hunts and witchcraft rites.

Another interesting museum in Salem is the Peabody Essex Museum open from 10 to 17 from Tuesday to Sunday and open on the third Tuesday of the month from 21 to 161, in East India Square XNUMX Essex Street, a museum that collects art from all over the world: Japan, India, China, Korea and has interesting collections on Native Americans and the maritime history of the place.

The city is known for being the birthplace of Nathaniel Hawthorne, author of the famous "The Scarlet Letter" and to pay homage to his writer, Salem keeps in the city museum, manuscripts and testimonies that trace the life of the great author. The museum is located in Old Salem Town Hall, 32 Derby Square and with a ticket costing 3 dollars it is possible to retrace the entire history of this magnificent city at 360 °, also preserving the Pepper Trade collection that tells the great mercantile history of this city and trade with the East for the purchase of spices.

A tour along Chestnut Street is a must to admire the period houses (XNUMXth century) where the rich and the captains of the ships lived, and for those who have more time available, the Forest River Park, a natural park in which to relax, is a must-see tourist destination for those who want to enjoy the mild climate that only this bay on the Atlantic can give.

Salem is a tourist destination that satisfies everyone, young and old, lovers of history, architecture and nature and not being very far from Boston it is well connected by rail (just 30 minutes by train), but also by catamaran or bus.

And to refresh yourself from the long walk to the port area or around the museums, the best pub in Salem is the In a Pig's Eye (148 Derby Street) where you can eat American style (steaks, fries and hot dogs) and listen to music. And for a refined and even vegan menu at Nathaniel's (18 Washington Square West) you can breathe a magical and engaging atmosphere that tells of this city that is much more than the city of witches!

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