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Salem

Another picture perfect day! Caught a train to the North station and then changed to a train out of town just a 30 minutes ride to Salem the famous old seaport and most famous for it's witch trials and hangings.

It was a prosperous seaport in the 1700's

The Witch House is the only remaining building connected to the witch trials of 1692. The magistrate who presided over the hearings lived here. This wooden home is built in the earliest style of homes in New England.

At this time 200 people were accused of practicing witchcraft. Over the 20 were hanged. Today there is a memorial to these people who maintained their innocence until the end. It is located beside the 17 th century Burying Point cemetery

The House of the Seven Gables

In 1668 wealthy sea captain John Turner built this home written about by Nathaniel Hawthorne, author of the Scarlett Letter and the House of Seven Gables. The home inspired his classic novels as he wasa frequent visitor to the home when it was owned by his cousin Susanna Ingersoll

Has a secret staircase

Chestnut Street - Mc Intyre Historic District – noted as one of the most beautiful streets in America

Was the first planned street in America and the homes are beautiful Federal – style mansions designed and built for wealthy merchant families. They are largely 3 story square buildings with large windows and railings around the roof

Salem Commons

Salem Maritime

In the nations early years Salem was well known for luxury goods from the West Indies and then the east and in 1790 the richest city per capita. Shipowners became the backbone of support for the Amercian Revolution. They would take lumber & co sto he west indiesna dtan pick up molasses and rum to take home or on to Europe in exchange for manufactured goods

Heritage Trail

A red line painted on the side walk takes you around all the local sites

Waterfront District

Customs House

Derby Wharf

Train $12 return

Leaving every hour for th e 30 minute trip

T subway from Boyleston ST to North Sid e& then walked to commuter station

Public Gardens – willows and swan boats

Commonwealth ave mall

Brownstones with magnolias

Esplanade on Charles River

Boats sailing in front of Longfellow Bridge over to Cambridge

Domes building of MIT

Plymouth – an hour south of Boston

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in USA

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