Salem in Massachusetts

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Peirce-Nichols House © Fletcher6/cc-by-sa-3.0

Peirce-Nichols House © Fletcher6/cc-by-sa-3.0

Salem is a historic coastal city in Essex County, Massachusetts, located in the North Shore region. It was one of the most significant seaports in early American history.

Salem is a residential and tourist area that is home to the famous House of Seven Gables, Salem State University, Pioneer Village, the Salem Maritime National Historic Site, the Salem Willows Park, and the Peabody Essex Museum. It also features historic residential neighborhoods in the Federal Street District and the Charter Street Historic District.

18th and 19th century homes in the Federal Street District © Fletcher6/cc-by-sa-3.0 Custom House at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site © Kenneth C. Zirkel/cc-by-sa-3.0 Hamilton Hall © Fletcher6/cc-by-sa-3.0 House of the Seven Gables © Daderot/cc-by-sa-3.0 Peirce-Nichols House © Fletcher6/cc-by-sa-3.0 Phillips House © Fletcher6/cc-by-sa-3.0 Replica tall ship 'Friendship of Salem' docked in Salem Harbor © Fletcher6/cc-by-sa-3.0 The Peabody Essex Museum © Cathypem/cc-by-sa-3.0 Witch House © SalemPuritan/cc-by-sa-4.0
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Custom House at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site © Kenneth C. Zirkel/cc-by-sa-3.0
Much of the city’s cultural identity reflects its role as the location of the infamous Salem witch trials of 1692, as featured in Arthur Miller‘s The Crucible. Police cars are adorned with witch logos, a public elementary school is known as Witchcraft Heights, and the Salem High School athletic teams are named the Witches; Gallows Hill was originally believed to be the site of numerous public hangings, and it is currently used as a playing field for various sports. Due to the enormous fine dust pollution, which are caused by witch burnings, they aren’t practiced any longer today ;-)

In 2012, the Retailers Association of Massachusetts chose Salem for their inaugural “Best Shopping District” award. On January 10, 2013, President Barack Obama signed executive order HR1339, designating Salem as the birthplace of the U.S. National Guard. The city’s population was 41,340 at the 2010 census.

Read more on Salem, Salem Tourism, Salem Haunted Happenings, Salem Witch Museum, Wikivoyage Salem and Wikipedia Salem (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State). Photos by Wikimedia Commons. If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.




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