Well, we've reached peak tourist season here in Salem. Known foremost for its witches, Salem has become the go-to place for all things Halloween. While I love this town and this season, I have to point out that Salem is great to visit all year round not just in the month of October! Actually it can be even better in the summer because it's less busy, all the witch attractions are still open, and you get to visit sites only open in the warmer weather like the Salem Willows. So today I'm just going to show off some photos I've taken of all my favorite places around Salem. Enjoy!
The House of The Seven Gables was made famous by Nathaniel Hawthorne but also has a rich history in Salem maritime. If you want to learn about a great woman who was really ahead of her time, check out Susanna Ingersoll who owned the house when Hawthorne was writing here.
The Salem Willows is another favorite haunt (no pun intended). It's got an old school boardwalk with arcades and food combined with a great park and pier right on the water. What's not to love?
The oldest candy shop in America is also located in Salem (Ye Old Pepper Candy Companie). First opened in 1806, it also features the first commercially mass distributed candy- Gibralters & Black Jacks. Both candies are still made there today along with lots more tasty treats.
Walking around Derby Street and Salem Wharf to learn about Salem's maritime history is also a favorite activity of mine here.
The McIntire Historic District is also a favorite of mine. Several of the old houses are associated with the Peabody Essex Museum and are able to be toured. Just walking along Chestnut and Essex Streets you'll get the feel for what old-world Salem would have been like. I recently toured the newly re-opened Ropes Mansion (known in modern times for being in the movie Hocus Pocus) and it was a great and informative tour.
Of course, you can't forget about Salem's history in the Witch Trials in 1692 & 1693. The Witch House is the last remaining structure with direct ties to the trials and was the home of Judge Corwin. The tour tells you all about what life in Puritan Salem would have been like.
There you have it- some of my favorite pictures from around Salem that really capture the great and vast history of this town. I encourage everyone to make a trip here any time- not just on Halloween!