The town of Salem, Massachusetts, is best known for its role in American History as the site of the Witch Trials of Today, visitors from near and far head to Salem—including the Salem Witch Museum—to experience this piece of history and learn about witchcraft and the events that took place. Back in , a young girl became ill and was diagnosed with bewitchment by the village doctor, William Griggs. This happened during a time of extreme stress in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, during which a small pox epidemic struck an area where many people believed in the devil. Ultimately, all of this led to the hanging of 19 innocent men and women, along with the deaths of several others. June of was when the trials took place, after more than people from the Salem area were sent to prisons because young girls in pain named them as the reason.
Haunted Houses – Salem Wax Museum & Salem Witch Village
A month-long celebration in October during Salem's Haunted Happenings. This is your epicenter for Halloween with six of the city's best attractions and discounted ticket packages. Celebrating over 25 years of haunts and history! Ticket sales for October begin in July.
Salem Witch Museum , Salem. Stage sets, lifesize statues, and live guides take you through the process of the trials. You will learn how these accusations occurred, how they affected the town, and the tragedy of the executions. An exhibit on different cultures' perceptions of witchcraft and the evolution of these perceptions helps put the trials in context.
This post was contributed by a community member. The views expressed here are the author's own. As autumn settles in and the tourist season kicks into high gear we see the long lines of tourists stretching from the along the sidewalk. In the past few decades, this building and its Witch Museum has become an iconic image for Salem. Even the nearby statue of Roger Conant, Salem's founder, often referred to as the wizard statue, seems to heighten the sense of the puritan village caught up in the witchcraft hysteria of