I have found out 1 day is probably not enough to see all of Salem, so it stays on my list of places to see. I think it’s also on my if I could live anywhere list. It’s a little busy for my taste in general, but I think it would be too much fun for a time, especially if I could work in town or at one of the cool museums and not worry about driving too much. This town has a definite vibe about it.
We started off with the walking portion as it was cooler, which is expected by the ocean and threatening rain.
We only stopped into the gift shop of the Witches Museum as there were too many tours going on to get in anyway. We did do the tour at the House of the 7 Gables, which was fantastic, although we had a bit of a cheeky tour guide. I’m sure saying the same thing over and over gets boring. This is Hawthorne’s birthplace house.
Couldn’t get a good one of the gables. This is of the well, that would not have originally been there, as it would’ve been a salt well. The gables are behind.
We stopped at the oldest commercial candy place and I picked up a treat. I didn’t get their oldest official candy – the next oldest was fine for me. The oldest has molasses, which I really dislike, so lemon and peppermint for me thank you.
We had lunch overlooking the ocean, well maybe the inlet on the ocean that overlooks a huge ship.
We stopped by their really old cemetary, while the rain held off and it does have a creepy feel to it. These are some of the Hawthorne family member graves.
Finally we ended up at the Peabody Essex Museum, which was a total blast. Here are some of the things we saw.
And this was really cool. They had an incredible hall – looked like it could be a party hall with some fireplaces, but they had these old ship mascots hanging on the wall. The have them on all the walls, but the rest came out a little fuzzy.
So one of the cool things I learned that day was that the Jolly Roger, pirate ship flag used in the movies – The Pirates of the Caribbean, well that’s actually a New England pirate ship flag. Each one was different and a different one would’ve been used in the Caribbean.