Monday, May 31, 2010

Salem Witch Trials Memorial

The men and women who were put to death in 1692 in Salem because they were thought to be witches have no graves that are known to us, because they were not allowed a proper burial due to the circumstances of their deaths.

The Salem Witch Trials Memorial was erected to help right that wrong by at least giving each of those persons a place to be remembered. The photos below show this place, which is located about 2 blocks from the Hawthorne Hotel.

Each bench is inscribed with a name of one of the victims, and the date and manner of his or her execution.

While we know that none of them were actually witches, but simply people who were in the wrong place at the wrong time, and all victims of a hysteria we hope never to again see, there is still much interest in their stories.

It is their sad tale that has given Salem so much notoriety all over the world. While that is only one small portion of Salem's history, it is that reputation which often times causes people to want to visit Salem. Once these visitors are here, many do take the time to really learn about Salem, and for that effort they are well-rewarded, seeing a wonderful small New England city with a rich and diverse history, terrific architecture, a seaside location, and many other excellent reasons to stay and see more.
I hope to see you here at the historic Hawthorne Hotel.

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