On Saturday the 24th of August, Sally and I took a day trip with friends to the town of Salem Massachusetts. Sally kept saying that we were going to find us a witch. Salem was a town we had read about but with it being so near it sounded like it would be an interesting day trip. One of the first sights that we saw in Salem was the House of the Seven Gables. The house was built in 1668 by Captain John Turner and was the inspiration for the book of the same name by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Right next door is the birthplace of Hawthorne built about 1750 and relocation to the site of the House of the Seven Gables in 1958. We also visited 'The Burying Point' which is the oldest cemetery in Salem (1637). We found it fascinating with headstones dating back to the late 1600's. Right next door is the Witch Trials Memorial, a memorial to those that were tried and executed as witches in 1692. The memorial contains stone benches, each with the name of a man or woman condemned during the witch trials of 1692. There were a total of 200 tried as witches in
a 13 month period from 1692 to 1693 with a total of 19 men and women hanged, 1 man crushed, as well as 2 dogs being hanged. We visited the Salem Witch History Museum which was a historical retelling of the story of the witch trials. It was a fascinating day and if your ever in Massachusetts we recommend visiting the town of Salem.
Summer is almost here and it's time for Sally and I to head out on the road again. I wasn't certain if I would be blogging about our travels again this year but we have had a lot of friends tell us that they really enjoyed the blogs from last years trip and that we should do it again this year. So as a result of everyones input, we will be blogging about our adventures again this year. For the second year in a row, Sally and I will be spending our summer in New England, camping with friends and family. Because it was still a little too warm when we returned to Phoenix last September, we ha... full info