The brochure said, Ambassadair Travel Club presents, “Haunted Happenings in Salem Massachusetts 1997” - Flight #6953. When? Why on Halloween, of course. Well, it wasn’t actually ON Halloween; it was October 28th, but just as much fun for all of us. We had a great time; educational too. There’s something special about visiting places with true historical significance.
In the years 1692-93, the Puritans, under the leadership of their Reverend Samuel Parris, arrested and imprisoned over 150 people accused of the capital crime of practicing witchcraft, convicted 29 and hanged 19 (14 women & 5 men). One man failed to enter a plea and was laid under a door and rocks were placed on top of him; magistrates hoped to force a confession which never came before the man was crushed to death. As bad as the witch trials were in Salem, it was far worse in Europe. Of course, Salem was naturally a small colonial community, though. For the whole story >>CLICK HERE<<.
It was a very early check-in for me anyway, 5:45 am and there to greet us with coffee, juice and donuts was TV Celebrity “Sammy Terry”. He told us on the plane ride that he derived his character name from the word, “cemetery”. (Say it sloooowly.) I have a photo of Sammy and me in my Multiply photo album.
|The Original WTTV-Channel 4 Show Host "Sammy Terry".|
|Flying over Boston Harbor to land at Logan Airport.|
|Blackbeard the Pirate and his treasure cove at Pirates Museum in Salem, Mass.|
|Courtyard view from the courtyard of the Hawthorne's House of Seven Gables.|
We toured the candy shop which still makes the simple rock sugar candy from 300 years ago - same recipe. We bought some and some chocolates, too.
|Oldest Cemetery in Salem, Mass. included some Mayflower passengers and the Victims of the Salem Witch Trials.|
|One of several Salem Witch Museums. Inside are vignettes depicting the trials and many artifacts.|
|Vignette depicting Witch hanging.|
It was about 8:30 pm as we finished our walking tour and window shopping, so we grabbed a bite to eat and gathered with the others by the bus stop waiting transportation for the plane ride home. It was dark, the old fashioned street lights glowed over the dark red brick streets and sidewalks of this historic town. We were tired, but excited at having been there, enjoyed the day and been a “witness” (of sorts) to history. I love to travel but I love to go home too.
|ARGH !! Pirate Jim visits Salem near Halloween.|