16 Facts About Salem, Massachusetts, That You Probably Didn’t Know
Get to know this city by the sea.
But fear not (about missing out, at least)! We’ve rounded up some interesting facts about Salem so you can enjoy it from home this season. Check them out below.
The Witch House is the only building you can visit in Salem that has a direct connection to the witch trials of 1692.
The city ran a public competition to design the Salem Witch Trials Memorial, and it was and officially dedicated in 1992 on the 300th anniversary of the trials.
The Salem Witch Museum offers an educational experience about the historical trials, and it was recently featured in Netflix’s Hubie Halloween.
In 1970, Bewitched filmed the “Salem Saga” episodes in the city after the show’s set burned down in California.
The House of Seven Gables is the real-life setting of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 1851 novel of the same name.
Room W17 at the Salem Inn is believed to be haunted — many guests have reported “strange happenings” like things moving mysteriously and unknown shadows.
Salem is the original birthplace of the National Guard, which dates back to 1636.
The game manufacturing company Parker Brothers was originally founded in Salem over a century ago.
The Old Burying Point Cemetery (aka Charter Street Cemetery) opened in 1637, making it the oldest cemetery in Salem — and one of the oldest in the whole country.
More than 75 massive street art murals can be found in the neighborhood known as “El Punto” (The Point).
And, typically, over half a million visitors flock to Salem each October to celebrate Halloween.
But alas, this year you’re probably better off staying home and spending Halloween watching Hocus Pocus instead.