Saturday, October 9, 2010


Saturday we headed for Salem, home of the infamous witch trials of 1692. where some young girls fell ill and blamed some of the town people for their afflictions. Hundreds of people were blamed and called witches during the hysteria that followed and 19 were convicted and hanged. We went to the Salem Witch Museum.
There was also a street fair going on selling both witch and non witch related items. We ate at The Old Spot, an English pub.  I had the old spot meat pie with guiness beef and lamb, with corn and topped with mashed potatoes, which was very good. Ruben and Fish and Chips were some of the dishes Joe, Kristi and Brock had.

Kristi and Nikki(note new scarf from the street faire) with Samantha of Bewitched fame

We strolled on down to the Marina area where we planned to take a tour of the House of the 7 Gables. It is a historical house build in the 1600's and was the inspiration for Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel of the same name. It is the oldest surviving wooden house in New England. The guided tour was very interesting and included a mysterious secret staircase where you would least expect it. The original boyhood home of Hawthorne was also moved right next to the 7 Gables House and can be toured on your own. No taking of pictures of the 7 Gable House was allowed but below are pictures of the outside, including the gardens and some of Hawthorne's home.

7 Gable House on the left

Room in Hawthorne's home


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