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    Haunted Happenings during October

    by RhondaRuth Updated Oct 18, 2009

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    The city that welcomes witches!

    Favorite thing: http://www.hauntedhappenings.org

    If you're going to Salem, MA during the month of October, check out the events to celebrate Halloween in the city that celebrates it like no other!

    Fondest memory: Walking about after dark on Halloween!

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    Parking Garages

    by cjg1 Written Sep 9, 2009

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    Favorite thing: If you have trouble finding parking on the street there are several parking garages throuhouit Salem: The Museum Place Garage, South Harbor Garage and Church Street Garage. The Museum Place Garage is close to the Visitor's Center and the Peabody Essex Museum and is a short walk to most attractions. The garage is $1.50 an hour or $12 for a day.

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    War Memorial-Salem Commons

    by moiraistyx Written Jul 20, 2009
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    Favorite thing: Located in the Salem Commons is a war memorial for all of Salem's natives which have given their lives in one of the nations many wars. It is a simple memorial yet still a must stop for any visitor. Richie and I read the names of the soldiers to the boys as they bowed their head in a moment of silence.

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    PARKING

    by moiraistyx Written Jul 18, 2009
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    Favorite thing: You have 3 options for parking while you are in Salem. The first is to utilize the central parking garage located just outside of the Visitor's Center. It will cost about $12 for the entire day. Your next option is to park on the street and make sure you continually feed the meter as to avoid getting a ticket. Your final option is to park in one of the municipal parking lots located throughout the city. These lots fill up fast so you gotta get to Salem early.

    Fondest memory: Paying only $12 for a full day of parking.

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    HISTORIC HOUSE TOUR...EXCELLENT!

    by Pawtuxet Updated Jan 27, 2009

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    Favorite thing: One of my photos is of the kitchen in an early home in Salem. There are so many places to put food, fire, and ashes...it seems as complicated as my new modern day digital range!! Aren't these colors really something? In this house, they tell you the story of the master of the house being murdered in his bedroom...and supposedly his ghost is still in the house.

    We visited the oldest brick house in Salem on our house tour. It's a red brick building with the warmth and welcome of a "lived in" house. Tour guides dressed in costume explained the features of the house and also played the characters who might be entertaining guests after dinner.

    Here is the doorway of a house not open on the tour, but looked very interesting with its
    twisted wisteria vine framing the doorway.

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    Absorb the Flavor

    by Pawtuxet Updated Jan 27, 2009

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    Streets of Salem
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    Favorite thing: Old Salem can be a very rich and full experience. From visiting the old cemetary to enjoying the old architecture... or just plain sitting in the park with some sunshine...( in season) :-) You might really get into it if you tried a ride in the horse and buggy that circulates throughout the town. It's so nice to hear the horse's hoofs clopping past. Hmmm I noticed that in Old Town Warsaw too!!

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    SALEM COMMON

    by Pawtuxet Updated Jan 27, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Salem Common is a wonderful park in the center of town. There is a gazebo where summer performances take place. Kids use the space for games...people walk through along their way....others sit on benches to just plain rest and enjoy.
    Any season is a good season in Salem.

    The bandstand in the park seems to be a popular spot...It's a well used park surrounded by 1800's homes...and the Salem Witch Museum. The Hawthorne Hotel is at one corner of the village green area.

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    Pineapples in ARchitecture and Decoration

    by cjg1 Written Jan 2, 2009

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    Favorite thing: While wandering through Salem I noticed many houses had carved Pineapples into their woodwork, as ornaments, statues and even on dishes. The pineapple is considered a symbol of hospitality and welcome. A house bearing a pineapple on their gates or front would mean that it was a house of welcome for visitors and guests.

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    The Visitor's Center

    by cjg1 Written Jan 2, 2009

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    Favorite thing: The Salem Visitor Center is located right across from the Peabody Essex Museum. They have a gift shop, information desk, various guides and maps to Salem and other areas of Massachusettes and maritime exhibits. It's normally the first stop I make when visiting Salem.

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    SALEM WITCH TRIALS MEMORIAL

    by LoriPori Written Oct 4, 2007

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    Favorite thing: In 1692, 14 women and 6 men were accused of being witches, were tried, convicted and executed. The SALEM WITCH TRIALS MEMORIAL was dedicated in August, 1992 as part of the Salem Witch Trials' 300th year anniversary. The design was selected in an international competition. The winning design was by Maggie Smith and James Cutler. The Memorial consists of 20 granite benches, surrounding an area adjoining the Old Burying Point. The benches are inscribed with the name of the accused and the means and date of execution:
    Bridget Bishop
    Hanged June 10, 1692

    Sarah Wildes
    Hanged July 19, 1692

    Elizabeth Howe
    Hanged July 19, 1692

    Susannah Martin
    Hanged July 19, 1692

    Sarah Good
    Hanged July 19, 1692

    Rebecca Nurse
    Hanged July 19, 1692

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    ROGER CONANT 1592 - 1679

    by LoriPori Written Oct 4, 2007

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    Favorite thing: The youngest of eight children, ROGER CONANT was born in East Budleigh, Devonshire England in 1592.
    Considered the first settler of Salem. When Conant and his followers arrived here in 1626, the area was called Naumkeag. It was renamed Salem, an adaptation of "shalom" meaning peace.
    Conant built the first Salem house on what is Essex Street today, almost opposite the Town Market. In 1639, his was one of the signatures on the building contract for enlarging the meeting house in Town House Square for the First Church in Salem. This document remains part of the town records at City Hall. He was active in the affairs of the town throughout his life. In 1679, he died at the age of 87.

    This dramatic, cloaked statue of Roger Conant faces the Salem Common, near the Salem Witch Museum and stands atop a huge boulder brought from the woods near the floating bridge at Lynn. Artist Henry H. Kitson designed this heroic bronze statue for the Conant Family Association and the statue was dedicated on June 17, 1913.

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    THE CUSTOM HOUSE

    by LoriPori Updated Oct 3, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Built in 1818, the CUSTOM HOUSE in Salem is typical of the Federal Period Style of building. During the early 19th century, between 8% and 12% of the nation's revenues were collected in this building.
    Actually, Nathaniel Hawthorne was "appointed" surveyor at the Salem Custom house in 1846. As was the custom of the day, it was a political appointment and when the government changed, Hawthorne lost his job there.
    The "Custom House" is part of the Salem Maritime National Historic Site.
    The part of the building which I really liked was the golden eagle perched at the top - absolutely beautiful.

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    NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE

    by LoriPori Written Oct 3, 2007

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    Statue - Nathaniel Hawthorne

    Favorite thing: Born Nathaniel Hathorne - July 4, 1804 - May 19, 1864
    NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE was a 19th century American novelist and short story writer. He is seen as a key figure in the development of American literature for his tales of the nation's colonial history.
    Hawthorne attended Bowdoin College from 1821 - 1825, befriending classmate Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. He wrote the "Scarlet Letter" in 1850, "The House of the Seven Gables" in 1851. "The Blithdale Romance" in 1852, "The Marble Faun" in 1860 as well as many short stories.
    The accompanying picture is a statue dedicated to Hawthorne.

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    THE "FRIENDSHIP"

    by LoriPori Written Oct 3, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Salem's own three-masted tall ship THE "FRIENDSHIP" is an exact replica of a 1797, 171-foot three-masted Salem East Indiaman . Constructed at Scarano Boat Building in Albany, New York. The original Friendship sailed the world, trading for exotic spices, sugar and coffee, making voyages to China, Java, Sumatra, Madras, London, Hamburg and other European ports.
    The ship is open for tours at Historic Derby Wharf.

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    THE BURYING POINT - ca. 1637

    by LoriPori Updated Oct 3, 2007

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    Salem Cemetery - Burying Point
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    Favorite thing: With many of its gravestones weather-beaten and faded, THE BURYING POINT in Salem is the second oldest cemetery in the U. S. Some of the key players in the 1692 witch trial are buried here - like Judges John Hawthorne and Jonathon Corwin. Even a Mayflower Pilgrim is buried here.

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