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

 Around Town in Salem, Massachusetts

During the first day of my trip, I found that the best strategy was to find a parking space in town and leave the car there.  Most of the tourist attractions were within walking distance.  In fact, if you follow the bold red line painted on the sidewalk downtown, it will lead you to most of the places of interest.  If you decide to visit Salem, be sure to request a red line map before you go.  It will make it a lot easier to plan your trip itinerary. http://www.salem.org/form.php   

Throughout Salem, there are many places to explore.  One would think that with so many museums and attractions dedicated to witch trials history that the trip would be painfully repetitive; however, my experience was quite to the contrary.  While checking out the numerous historical tours, I found, of course, similarities between the various museums; however, each attraction had its own unique spin on the subject of witchcraft. I took away something new from each one I visited. 

While I was in Salem, I noticed that the motorists seemed to be mindful of pedestrians and crosswalks.  I asked around and one of the shopkeepers told me that there were very steep fines for not yielding the right-of-way to pedestrians.  Salem citizens all seemed to be respectful and open to tourists visiting their city.      

Before my visit, I wasn't aware that there were 3-4 thousand practicing witches in the Salem area.  I learned about one prominent group in the community called "Project Witches Protection".  PWP is a proactive educational network dedicated to correcting misinformation about witchcraft.  I picked up one of their flyers, which explained "The Do's & Dont's of Witches".  It definitely set me straight on some common misconceptions that I had.  For more information about PWP, visit http://www.lauriecabot.com

 

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The red line on the sidewalk designates the path linking all the most popular tourist attractions in Salem.
The Red Line
First Church in Salem
First church in Salem



The Custom House
The Custom House
Salem Common - Washington Square
Salem Common - Washington Square



Derby Wharf
Derby Wharf
Friendship of Salem
Friendship of Salem
View from Derby Wharf
View from Derby Wharf












Salem Post Office
Salem Post Office


 

Witch Logos in Salem

Another thing that I noticed, as I made my way through the Salem city streets, was the prevalence of witch logos.  This was not just limited to local shops and tourist attractions.  Witch symbols could also be found within the logo of the local paper, as well as on police and fire department vehicles. 

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Salem Fire Department
Salem Fire Department
Salem Police Department
Salem Police Department
The Salem News
The Salem News
Salem Cycle
Salem Cycle
Salem Overhead Door Company
Salem Overhead Door Company
Witch City Thrift
Witch City Thrift
Witch's Hide Leather Shop
Witch's Hide Leather Shop
 

 

 

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