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 Hauntedillinois.com - Haunted Illinois visits Salem Massachusetts, home of the infamous Salem Witch Trials of 1692

While Salem Massachusetts is recognized for having one of the most significant seaports in early American History, boasting the first National Historic Site designated by Congress (Salem Maritime National Historic Site), it is really even more renowned for its connection to the infamous Witch Trials that bear the city’s name.  During the course of the Salem Witch Trials, conducted from June through September of 1692, nineteen men and women were convicted of practicing witchcraft and sentenced to death.  Shortly after being convicted, they were carted off to “Gallows Hill” near Salem Village, for hanging.  Hundreds of others were also accused and sat in jail for months, awaiting trial.  Luckily, the hysteria of the witch trials died down before anyone else met the untimely and tragic fate of the original nineteen. 
 
I have always been intrigued by stories about the Salem Witch Trials, so I finally decided to visit the town of Salem, to learn more about these shocking events in American History.  After doing some online research, I found that Salem had a veritable cornucopia of historical sites and museums to explore.  While I had only planned to visit Salem for a few days, there were so many places to go and things to do, I could have easily stayed an entire week without exhausting my compiled list of witch-related activities and tourist attractions.  I hope you enjoy the following few pages, witch... uh... I mean “which” summarize my brief but enlightening trip to Salem, Massachusetts.      

Happy Haunting,

Adam Drendel
Webmaster of HauntedIllinois.com

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