Many people, not only here in the U.S., but around the world, are familiar with the stories that surround the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. And there’s much to see and do related to the trials throughout the city.
What many folks may not realize is Salem’s history as a cultural and economic epicenter. At one point during the mid-1800s Salem was considered one of the richest cities in the world. Its port was a hotspot for trade, especially with the Far East.
This trade made many a captain and merchant rich, allowing them to build beautiful homes you can tour today that are considered outstanding examples of Colonial Revival, Federal Era and Victorian styles of architecture.
It also resulted in the city evolving and growing its love of art, culture and literature. Anyone who shares this passion should not miss an opportunity to visit the world-renowned Peabody Essex Museum.
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s House of the Seven Gables was not only written here, but stands to this day as a testament to the man who was once the nation’s most famous author.
These are merely a handful of the wonderful destinations and attractions you can visit during a trip to Salem. Combine these with a burgeoning “foodie” scene propelled by outstanding local chefs, a vibrant nightlife, eclectic boutiques, and terrific places to stay – some of which are haunted, others just hauntingly beautiful – and you have more than enough reasons to come, stay and play a while in this city which continues to make history to this day.
For the most comprehensive and up-to-date offerings of where to eat, places to stay, things to do, and stores to shop, we highly encourage you to log on to the city’s tourism website at www.salem.org.