Saturday, July 24, 2010
SAND SCULPTURE ,TO MARBLEHEAD, TO SALEM
Moving on to Salem, the famous city of witch hunts, takes more time than we allotted. We stopped at the VFW and were told by the locals that the town has become a Halloween mecca, "a zoo". There is an old cemetery, a number of "witch houses" that give a history of the Witches of Salem, a pirate museum, we were basically told to avoid all the tourist traps and go to the Peabody Essex Museum for a quality experience, and visit the historic buildings in the area, of which there are many. Salem was home to Richard More, a Mayflower pilgrim; home to Nathaniel Hawthorne, a Declaration of Independence signer and the author of The Scarlet Letter. His House of Seven Gables stands here as a tourist attraction, though we didn't go in.
They do have a very clever way of guiding you around to the interesting sights. Like following the yellow brick road. Instead of yellow bricks, a red line is painted on the sidewalks, some of which are brick, and following it brings you to all of the historic and interesting attractions around town.
A book in the museum showed a picture of a memorial to the young women who were cursed as witches by male church elders and hung or otherwise mistreated during that hysterical time. But, it turns out, the trials were actually held in nearby Danvers, the memorial is there as well. Surprisingly, it took much digging to find someone who knew where to find the memorial? Danvers was once a part of Salem. Maybe on another trip we'll get there.
So we tooled around town, did some fun, silly stuff, visited an old cemetery.
We had an excellent, very late lunch at In A Pigs Eye. Curried crab bisque, spinach and roasted garlic soup, tasty chili and decent beer. It came highly recommended by locals and didn't disappoint.