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The Modern Witches of Salem

April 30, 2023
(photos and memories of Salem, Massachusetts, from April 22, 2010)

Salem, Massachusetts, is a coastal town of 45,000 north of Boston. Besides being known as the home of author Nathaniel Hawthorne and his House of the Seven Gables, Salem remains infamous for the Salem Witch Trials of 1692.

Thirty people were found guilty of witchcraft during the trials, and nineteen were executed. Twenty-twenty hindsight concludes that the trials were caused by mass hysteria driven by fear.

Salem Witch Trials Memorial. Salem, Massachusetts.

Despite the gruesomeness of the subject, the event still draws tourists to Salem. Most of the tourist sites treat the subject of witchcraft humorously.

Salem started as a seaport; it still is a working seaport today.

The Custom House. Salem, Massachusetts.

Author Nathaniel Hawthorne worked at the Salem Custom House. One of his most famous books is The House of the Seven Gables — the house is tourist attraction in Salem.

The central part of town includes several attractive buildings:

Salem is the county seat of Essex County, Massachusetts.

Essex County Superior Court building.
Essex County within the state of Massachusetts.

A list of all photo posts from the American County Seats series in TimManBlog can be found here.

All photos were taken by the author on April 22, 2010.

My lifetime hobby is traveling to all of America’s county courthouses, and each month I post about a visit to a scenic or interesting county seat. It’s a hobby, and donations are greatly appreciated to help cover my costs.


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