Salem is one of the oldest coastal cities in America and was a significant seaport during early American history. It is called the Witch City and is the best place to visit for anyone looking to know about American and Puritan history. The main attraction is the events that are held to celebrate Halloween apart from the parklands, museums, lighthouses, preserved homes, historic Cape Ann, heritage village, etc.
Attractions that Salem Offers
The House of the Seven Gables
Here, you come across 17th-century wooden houses that were built in 1668. This is a collection of colonial homes and this was famously used by Nathaniel Hawthorne as an epicenter for his novel under the same name. It is Nathaniel’s birthplace and the house has been restored to showcase its 1808 look. There are guides available to let you know the history of its dwellers, and you can even check out many artifacts, paintings, ad photos. Taking a walk on the curving secret staircase is a highlight.
This house is popularly known as the Witch House. It belonged to Judge Jonathan Corwin, who was one of the judges in the witch trials. This is the only structure in Salem to have direct links with the 1692 Witchcraft Trials. The original look has been preserved very well and guides here will let you know information about the architecture, the furnishings, artifacts, and everything related to the building and its inmates.
Salem Maritime National Historic Site
If you want to know about Salem’s maritime history of the 18th and 19th centuries, then do not miss checking out the 9-acre waterfront museum. It has 12 buildings that preserve the maritime history of this coastal city. There are plenty of exhibits on show in these buildings. You can get to know about author Nathaniel Hawthorne’s life from the guides. This is also the home where the 18th-century commercial vessel Friendship rests.
Peabody Essex Museum
This is another historic landmark museum having varied collections of maritime art. It also has plenty of exhibits of decorative arts of America, and contemporary and historical arts and artifacts from India, China, Korea, Japan, the Pacific Islands, and Africa. The most interesting architecture that you should not miss when visiting this museum is the two-century-old ancestral home of the Huang family from China. There are plenty of historical homes in the Peabody community that are open to visitors.
If you like to watch sailing and yachting events, then head to Marblehead during the mid-summer. The Puritans were the early occupants of this place and it was a very popular fishing port then. Now, this seagoing place has turned into a sailing center. Apart from the sailing center, this place has many streets and lanes that you can explore on foot. The historical sites to visit in Marblehead include 1768 Jeremiah Lee Mansion, a Georgina home, Fort Sewell, and 1728 King Hooper Mansion.