Yesterday Colin and I started off our memorial day weekend with a short drive up to Salem, MA. Since I already posted a ton of pictures on Facebook, I'm not going to go into too much detail on here. I do however want to mention that we learned so much about the Salem witch trials while there, but Salem is also an absolutely beautiful city! We were shocked at how fun and unique it was. It will definitely go down as one of the best places we've visited on this crazy Navy train.
Aside from this, I'm not sure I would actually pay to see anything in Salem (except for maybe the House of Seven Gables if you're a Nathaniel Hawthorne fan). Since tourism is Salem's main industry, they have a giant red line on the sidewalks that goes all through the town leading you to the important destinations. You can also pick up a free map at the visitors center that mirrors the red walking path and points out the "must stop" locations. This made it super easy for us to make our own walking tour, and we were able to meander at our own pace and skip what we weren't interested in.
The top five things I learned while in Salem were:
1. Only 19 people were actually killed during the Salem Witch Trials. 18 were hung, and 1 was crushed to death. A Possible 13 died in prison while waiting to be released.
2. 5 of the people killed were actually men who either stood against the hangings and were in turn charged with witchcraft, or attempted to stand up for accused family members. This includes Giles Corey who was pressed to death with stones for refusing to enter a guilty or not guilty plea when accused of practicing witchcraft.
3. Salem is actually more focused on educating people about the pagan faith, and how religious/government fear tactics are really to blame for what happened in Salem, than they are about playing into the idea of witches.
4. The witch trials were actually started by an African American woman named Tituba who was a slave that cared for the children and taught them "magic tricks." She was the only accused Salem "witch" that wasn't offered a trial, and was released once the trials ended.
5. There are several thousand modern day witches living in Salem, and nearly every other store front claims to offer psychic or tarot readings. If you want to find out what's to come, this just might be the place to visit.
Part 2: Boston, MA
On our way home from Salem we realized that Boston was about 20 minutes away, and the Bruins game was only a half an hour from starting. Normally, I only get enthusiastic about hockey because Colin is enthusiastic about hockey, but the idea of heading to a sports bar in the heart of Boston during the final playoff game to decide whether or not the Boston Bruins would compete for the Stanley Cup, was a once in a lifetime opportunity I couldn't pass up! So we rerouted Maggie (our GPS), and headed to The Pour House on Boylston in Boston.
|Excitement and disbelief about our perfect bar seats|
|Pure Bruin excitement|