Monday, August 22, 2011

Salem Massachusetts

Upon getting off of the Ferry boat that takes you to Salem you exit at the pier and this is the street entrance. There were so many little quaint little New England style houses and you can smell the salt in the air of the Atlantic Ocean. It was a drizzly cloudy day and perfect for the setting of visiting all the Witch places that we had on our list.

I just love this photo. Beautiful old home but the power lines and phones lines! Seriously?

My mom and my Aunt Jan making friends!

Who is the fairest of them all?

Oh My Gosh! The food on the coast is oh so delicious! This fish and chips were out of this world and it was just in this little out of the way diner. And the coleslaw.............was out of this world.

BTW......It was pouring rain while we were eating. Perrrrfect.........

This stone and the following were taken in the Old Burying Point Cemetery off of Central Street. These stones date back to the 1600's. This hallowed ground had almost a sense of sadness and darkness. It was such a dark time here in Salem with all the Witch Trials. When you start to understand this time and really know the story it is ....oh so unbelievable.

This is the Captain William Bowditch grave, died in 1793. I thought it was very interesting that on most of these old graves it always said "here lies the body of".........

Hmmm......they believed even then that the soul would leave the body and that they were not one.

This is the memorial for Bridget Bishop, the first woman to be hanged for being a witch.
I never really knew all the details but I guess I thought there were a lot of people accused of being witches but it turns out there were only 20 that were put to death. 18 women and 2 men and one of the men was a poor old man of 80yrs.... who was pressed to death.

This is the Witch Trials Memorial that is next to the Old Burying Point Cemetery. Each of the stones you see has the name of these 20 accused and hanged persons.

Of course these persons could not be buried in a Christian Cemetery.

It's hard to imagine all this Witch Hysteria and It had alot to do with the coming of the Puritans.

The Witch Hysteria not only enveloped Salem, but all 34 towns and villages in Essex County. Hundreds of accused witches filled the jails awaiting trial. Some died in captivity. A Salem minister, accused by teenage girls of being the devil, was captured in Maine hanged here in Salem and had his head removed by another minister. Salem's leading merchant and his wife escaped the hangman, but returned a year later to plot revenge on the accusers and the lawman who tormented the victims.

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