Salem is probably best known for its role in the witch trials. To this end, the town has most definitely capitalized on the magical theme – the police cars are adorned with logos featuring witches, many local sports teams are named after something magical, and Gallows’ Hill, where many of those accused of witchcraft were hanged, is now a sports complex. Most who come to Salem do so to learn more about this harrowing part of American history, and also to enjoy the town come Halloween time. It could be said that there is no town that does Halloween as well as Salem does – and it seems to celebrate the holiday all year long!
In addition to being the home of the Witch Trials, the town also functioned as one of America’s most significant seaports in the early days of the country. The Maritime National Historic Site that protects the historic waterfront of the town was actually the very first National Historic Site as designated by Congress.
One of the most intriguing attractions at the port is the Friendship ship, which has sailed into harbor in 2000 and hasn’t left as of yet. The ship actually sails around the world regularly, and brings back goods and spices to the Salem Waterfront, just like it would have in the old days. The original Friendship was seized by the British during the War of 1812 and subsequently sold for parts – the one that does all of the sailing now is a replica.
Most people who come to Salem are looking for a spooky good time. To this end, Salem most definitely delivers – and whether you’d like your attractions more serious or kitschier is entirely up to you. Salem has both! The town comes alive during Halloween, but there are many cultural attractions that are both witch- themed and not that stay open year around, so be sure to come and check it out no matter what season it happens to be.
From the witches to the other historical attractions in the city, you’re sure to find something to amuse and delight you during your time in Salem. The town is consistently voted as one of the most fun and interesting places in New England, so be sure to stop by on your next visit to the area!