Howard Street Cemetery

Howard Street Cemetery

 

Everything you need to know about Howard Street Cemetery in a minute and a half! Keep scrolling past the video for a full transcript and much more information.

 

 

Welcome to the Salem Spotlight, a series in which I tell you everything you need to know about attractions, restaurants, hotels, witch shops, tours, and a bunch of other locations in Salem, Massachusetts. Today we’re having a look at the Howard Street Cemetery. More info about Howard Street Cemetery: Touring the Cemetery: The cemetery is definitely a little more out-of-the-way than other prominent ones in Salem. Many of the gravestones are faded, so you can barely read the inscriptions. But there has been a ton of ghost sitings in this place, so if spooky is your things, this is a good place to check out. You can visit it by yourself at any time before dusk or with an organized tour. Hours of Operation: You may visit the cemetery everyday, from dawn till dusk. Address: Howard St, Salem, MA 01970 Find way more about all things Salem at https://tosalem.com/ Facebook: facebook.com/tosalemsite Instagram: instagram.com/tosalemsite Twitter: twitter.com/tosalemsite

 

 

 

Welcome to the Salem Spotlight, a series in which I tell you everything you need to know about attractions, restaurants, hotels, witch shops, tours, and a bunch of other locations in Salem, Massachusetts. Today we’re having a look at the Howard Street Cemetery.

 

 

 

History of the Howard Street Cemetery

The cemetery is one of the three significant to the Salem Witch Trials. Even if it doesn’t seem to get the same foot traffic as the Burying Point Cemetery, this graveyard has a much darker history. It was officially established in 1801, and it is located next to the old Salem Jail.

 

 

Who’s Inside the Howard Street Cemetery ?

Nowadays, the cemetery is famous for being the location of the remains of one of the most notable of the accused. Giles Corey refused to plead either guilty or innocent during the Salem Witch Trials in an effort to avoid having his land confiscated by the court. To try and coerce a confession, the court punished Corey by crushing him with heavy stones. He refused all the way to his last breath. Giles Corey’s remains rest beneath an unmarked grave in the Howard Street Cemetery to this day.

As Corey was dying, he reportedly placed a curse on Salem, so it’s believed that the cemetery is haunted by his ghost.

 

 

Touring the Cemetery

The cemetery is definitely a little more out-of-the-way than other prominent ones in Salem. Many of the gravestones are faded, so you can barely read the inscriptions.

But there has been a ton of ghost sitings in this place, so if spooky is your things, this is a good place to check out. You can visit it by yourself at any time before dusk or with an organized tour.

 

 

Hours of Operation

You may visit the cemetery everyday, from dawn till dusk.

 

 

Location

Address: Howard St, Salem, MA 01970

 


Gardner-Pingree House

Gardner-Pingree House

 

Everything you need to know about the Gardner-Pingree House in a minute and a half! Keep scrolling past the video for a full transcript and much more information about the Gardner-Pingree House.

 

Welcome to the Salem Spotlight, a series in which I tell you everything you need to know about attractions, restaurants, hotels, witch shops, tours, and a bunch of other locations in Salem, Massachusetts all in a minute! Today we're having a look at the Gardner-Pingree House. More Info on Bunghole Liquors Can I Tour the Gardner-Pingree House? PEM offers tours of the Gardner-Pingree House along with the Yin Yu Tang house in a one hour and fifteen minute organized tour. Tuesday – Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm Monday: Closed (except holidays) Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Location Address: 129 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970 Edit Music used in the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rQ4KJcOzX4 Check out all the Salem Spotlight Videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkFgzepSsLCQ28SqzBEGlgxlZovTMvYep Find way more about all things Salem at https://tosalem.com/ Support ToSalem on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/tosalem Facebook: facebook.com/tosalemsite Instagram: instagram.com/tosalemsite Twitter: twitter.com/tosalemsite


 

Welcome to the Salem Spotlight, a series in which I tell you everything you need to know about attractions, restaurants, hotels, witch shops, tours, and a bunch of other locations in Salem, Massachusetts. Today we’re having a look at the Gardner-Pingree House .

 


History

In 1804, legendary Salem architect Samuel McIntire built the house for John Gardner Jr. and his wife Sarah. While McIntire is better-known for the gorgeous Chestnut Street district in Salem, this building is actually considered to be one of his masterpieces.

After enduring financial losses, the owners sold the house to Sarah’s brother. Shortly after that, captain Joseph White bought the house. Unfortunately, the Gardner-Pingree House would go on in 1830 to be the site of White’s gruesome murder.

 

 

Is Salem Massachusetts haunted by more than its past? In this paranormal look at Salem Massachusetts, I explore five places you can visit in the Witch City to find out! Get your EMF readers ready and your proton packs primed - we're getting spooky! You'll dive in the deep end with a thorough overview of Salem's haunted past with a once-over on a wide range of haunted Salem history from such eras as: The Salem Witch Trials, Prohibition, The Revolutionary War, Salem's Era of Maritime Trade, The Civil War, and more! Here are my selections! 00:01:07 Number 5 - Wicked Good Books 00:02:40 Number 4 - Bunghole Liquors 00:04:23 Number 3 - Mercy Tavern 00:07:04 Number 2 - The Gardner-Pingree House 00:12:44 Number 1 - The Hawthorne Hotel Please support the site and YouTube channel by subscribing to the channel and throwing your email on the newsletter at ToSalem.com. You can also support us financially by purchasing some of the books below! Supplementary Reading from this Episode: Ghosts of Salem: Haunts of the Witch City (Haunted America): https://amzn.to/2MbFY3F The Ghost Chronicles: A Medium and a Paranormal Scientist Investigate 17 True Hauntings by Ron Kolek: https://amzn.to/332fqJ3 Find way more about all things Salem at https://tosalem.com/ Support ToSalem on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/tosalem Facebook: facebook.com/tosalemsite Instagram: instagram.com/tosalemsite Twitter: twitter.com/tosalemsite

 


Not long after the captain’s murder, the house transferred to David Pingree and it remained in his family until 1933. The family then donated the building to the Essex Institute, which still manages it (as the Peabody Essex Museum) today.

 


What’s Inside The Gardner-Pingree House

Considered a masterpiece of engineering and design, the house is another must see in Salem. The three-story ell is composed entirely of bricks, laid in Flemish bond, with a beautiful white marble trim.

Additionally, inside the house you’ll find lavishly-carved woodwork in the public spaces, and a warm atmosphere. The fireplace mantels, cornices and stairway balustrades also add a dash of elegance to this historic home.

 


Can I Tour the Gardner-Pingree House?

PEM offers tours of the Gardner-Pingree House along with the Yin Yu Tang house in a one hour and fifteen minute organized tour.


  • Tuesday – Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm
  • Monday: Closed (except holidays)

Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

 


Location

Address: 129 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970

 


Paranormal Salem - 5 Haunted Destinations You MUST Visit

Paranormal Salem – 5 Haunted Destinations You MUST Visit

 

Today we’re diving into the deep end with a thorough overview of Salem’s haunted past. In this video, you’ll get a once-over on a wide range of haunted Salem history from such eras as:


  • The Salem Witch Trials
  • Prohibition
  • The Revolutionary War
  • Salem’s Era of Maritime Trade
  • The Civil War
  • And more!



 

Is Salem Haunted?

What I really love about Salem is that it’s a place that keeps giving. The more you look, the more you see in the Witch City. And the haunted history of Salem Massachusetts is no different. So it should be no surprise that what began as a somewhat idle curiosity about the haunted history of the Witch City should evolve into a weeks-long affair.

What really surprised me is that The Salem Witch Trials has almost nothing to do with the supposed ghosts that roam the brick-lined streets. Only a handful of the specters floating about had anything to do with that storied era in 1692.

It’s for this reason that I actually think Salem’s haunted history is actually a really good pathway into the town’s history in general (by the way, that last link leads to what I consider to be the definitive online source on Salem’s past and present, so click it if you’re interested).

 



 

Skimming the Surface

The thing that initially drew me to Salem is still true for me today. Namely, you can feel the history of the place in every alleyway, on ever shore. And I’m not just talking Witch Trials here either. While I was somewhat surprised to find that Salem’s haunted past goes as deep as it does (believe it or not, this 18 minute video is really just skimming the surface), I wasn’t surprised that it existed necessarily. It seems all of Salem is like this: you think it’s one thing and it turns out to be another entirely.

So, is Salem haunted? Yes. Haunted by ghosts? Well, that’s another conversation altogether. Stay weird, witches!

 



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Hello witches and welcome to Salem, the weirdest place on earth. Today we’re getting ready for the oncoming Autumn by having a look at five of the more notorious haunted locales in the witch city. To appear on this list, a location had to meet two criteria. First, the history surrounding the purported haunting has to have been genuinely fascinating. And second, every single location on this list you can still visit today. Please do take a moment to subscribe to the channel and hit the bell to be notified when our witchy goodness makes its way to the YouTube. Now get your EMF readers ready and your proton packs primed. Let’s get spooky witches. 

 

5) Wicked Good Books

We’re starting this list off with Salem’s official haunted bookstore which, in a town filled with shops that claim to traffic in occult knowledge (how people believe that consumerism and hidden knowledge play so nicely together is beyond me), is saying something. Wicked Good Books is a quiet, unassuming little shop on Essex Street that most visitors to Salem will likely recognize. The shop maintains a nice collection of local books and never fails to organize its window dressing in exactly the way you’d want a New England bookstore to. 

 

Oh and it’s also super haunted. Guests and employees have both reported instances of books flying off shelves. This isn’t an entirely new phenomenon for Wicked Good Books either. The shop was formerly called Derby Square Bookstore and was rather infamously known for its floor-to-ceiling stacking system. Even in that store’s 40 year run, there were reports of hauntings about. When the Derby Square Bookstore finally closed its doors, local lawyer Denise Kent stepped in to open another book shop in its place. 

 

During the renovation process, Kent called in renowned paranormal investigator Ron Kolek of New England Ghost Project fame to check out the recently-discovered tunnels beneath the shop in an effort to determine if there was indeed any support to the long held local belief that the building was haunted. Kolek returned “convincing” evidence of human remains as well as two supposedly entombed runaway slaves. I did look for some kind of documented evidence of Kolek’s hunt, but had trouble finding any. So if you happen to have some primary sources, please let me know in the comments below. I’d be fascinated to check it out. 

 

4) Bunghole Liquors

Speaking of hidden chambers and basements, Bunghole Liquors is not just an irresistibly amusing thing to say, it’s also a rather popular spot down by the water in the Pickering Wharf area. But before this liquor store was a hole for bung, it was a hole for cadavers. It served as a funeral home for some time, most notably during the Prohibition-era. 

 

Now, don’t get me wrong, I like a stiff drink every now and then. But I’m not sure I would go to the lengths that Prohibition-era Salemites did to get one. With limited access, the owners of the funeral parlor decided to run a sort of tavern out of the basement. This was, quite grossly, the exact same spot where bodies were embalmed in preparation for their ultimate rest. 

After Prohibition was lifted and the parlor received its second liquor license, one of the original owner’s relatives (who was actually a priest), suggested that the now-governmentally permissioned liquor spot adopt the name that locals had taken to calling it during the Prohibition. Ya know that little hole in a barrel? That thing was called a bunghole in 1930’s slang and it commonly became shorthand to refer to the Parlor without any interested parties knowing what the heck you were talking about. So, instead of saying, “Hey Brian, let’s meet at the funeral parlor later and drink whiskey next to corpses.” You could simply say, “Hey Bri-bri. Bunghole later?” 

These days, shoppers at the Bunghole claim that a female spirit and black cat both haunt the establishment. Perhaps they are the spectral remains of frequenters from the speakeasy era. Or maybe the black cat could’ve been a stowaway from a recently-docked pirate ship. Oh, you didn’t know Salem had pirates? Yeah, totally did. Speaking of which…

 

3) Mercy Tavern

One of those incredible areas that tourists don’t usually explore when they come to Salem is the town’s world-famous maritime trade industry. Honestly, this is way too big of a topic to get into in this video, but here are the highlights. Following the Revolutionary War, many of the burgeoning seaport towns on the east coast were financially decimated. This was not true for Salem. In many cases, Salem’s early maritime merchants actually came out richer than they were before. The reasons for this are numerous, but a large part of it is definitely owed to Salem’s natural harbor being absolutely perfect and a healthy spirit of industriousness being totally woven into Salem’s cultural fabric.

 

After the war, many international traders were eying Boston as the most likely Massachusetts. The burgeoning Salem maritime elite needed a big plan and they needed it fast. Luckily their ports were positively stuffed with armed trading vessels from the war. Thus began an era of trade and privateering (or legal piracy) that vaulted Salem into the ranks of serious international trade player, competing even with the likes of Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Charlston. 

 

In this era, the Pickering Wharf area became an infamous red light district of sorts. The reason why is pretty obvious – it’s a long stretch of businesses and houses right by the ports and, as we’ve already discussed, Salemites are industrious like nobody else. 

 

So with the swell in privateering and an unending flood of incoming travelers from China, India, Sumatra, and Arabia as well as whatever American ne’erdowells happen to have found their way to the Salem ports, Derby Street businesses shifted to seedier enterprises to capitalize. One such establishment is present day Mercy Tavern. A few years ago, the tavern was called “In a Pig’s Eye” and the patrons of it claimed to often hear disembodied voices, see sea captains disappear into walls, and be shocked by sudden, untraceable screams. Mercy Tavern is even reported to be linked via a secret network of underground tunnels that Pirate-era Salemites would use to traffic illicit goods and stolen people from Salem proper to the oceanfront in an effort to whisk them out to sea on some dark vessel. Geeze, what is it with Salem and secret tunnels? 

 

2) Gardner-Pingree House

Many tourists’ first indication that Salem’s history might have a bit more to it than witches alone rests at the intersection of Essex Street and Hawthorne Boulevard. This particular spot has three historically-fascinating spots all within a few block radius and each coming from a wildly different era of Salem’s past. 

 

Our second-to-last haunt reportedly inspired the following passage, an abridged performance of which I now humbly beg your indulgence for: 

 

“No doubt I now grew very pale; — but I talked more fluently, and with a heightened voice. Yet the sound increased — and what could I do? It was a low, dull, quick sound — much such a sound as a watch makes when enveloped in cotton. I gasped for breath…I foamed — I raved — I swore! I swung the chair upon which I had been sitting,{j} and grated it upon the boards, but the noise arose over all and continually increased. It grew louder — louder — louder! And still the men chatted pleasantly, and smiled…Villains!” I shrieked, “dissemble no more! I admit the deed! — tear up the planks! — here, here! — it is the beating of his hideous heart!”

 

Edgar Allen Poe was inspired to pen the famous Tell Tale Heart based on the murder of Joseph White at the Gardner-Pingree House in Salem on the night of April 6th, 1830. The house is very much still a major part of the Salem scenery and is positioned right across the street from a few of the more frequented witch shops in town. So, if you’ve been to Salem, you’ve likely seen this place. And, if you’ve taken a ghost tour or two in the past, you may have even heard of the gruesome assissanation that occurred within. 

 

On that early April eve, the 82 year-old Sea Captain and former slave trader Joseph White was asleep in his bed when John Francis (or Frank) Knapp crept in through a downstairs window and silently made his way up the stairs to the bed chamber. There he bludgeoned White to death with a club-like weapon fashioned by co-conspirator Richard Crowninshield. 

 

Very long and fascinating story short, Knapp and Crowninshield had occasion to believe that if Joseph White were to die with his will having disappeared, his considerable wealth would be spread out among his surviving relatives. As it turns out, one of those was Knapp’s mother-in-law. So that explains why Knapp wanted White dead, but what about Richard Crowninshield. Turns out, he was just a bastard and everyone knew it. He frequented spots of ill repute and was known locally as “disreputable.” 

 

The conspirators met at the Salem common and planned the theft of the will and subsequent violent slaying. Unfortunately for them, none of it really worked out. Frank’s brother Joe (another conspirator) attempted to steal the will from an iron lockbox before the murder, but took the wrong document which was, as White was old and not a complete idiot, already safe in his lawyer’s lockbox. So, in the end, a fascinating hunt insued after White’s murder and John Francis Knapp was eventually apprehended as an accomplice to the crime. He rolled over on Richard Crowninshield as the principle in the murder and, therefor based on the legal system of the time, the first to be tried. Richard found this out from a friend before his trial date could occur and as a final insult to the legal system, hanged himself before the authorities could do it. This caused a bit of a problem as the law at the time held that the principle agent in the murder must be tried in order to pursue the accomplices. Cue the legendary Daniel Webster. 

 

Honestly, this segment is already super long, so I’m not going to go in-depth with who Daniel Webster was and why he’s one of the most iconic Americans who has ever lived, but suffice it to say his coming into this ordeal was a massive affair. He went on to deliver one of the most beautiful, elegantly phrased prosecutorial arguments in the history of my country’s legal system all in an effort to shift the principle blame from the now-deceased Crowninshield to Frank Knapp. Webster was successful and a few months later both Frank and his brother Joe were hanged. 

 

The murder and trial were such that the echoes of them reverberated all the way even to New York City and influenced the likes of Edgar Allen Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne who was in his mid-twenties at the time. These days, the Gardner-Pingree house still stands as a reminder of the brutal slaying and almost cinematic aftermath of it. Plenty of visitors report hearing odd footsteps, doors slamming. They see odd, ghostly faces in the windows. Some even claim that on a certain night in April, if you listen very closely, you can hear the thwack of the club and groans of the old captain as his life slips gruesomely away. 

 

1) Hawthorne Hotel

Now, Salem is like a lot of old New England towns in that it can be difficult to draw distinctions between historical facts and legends. Unfortunately, to even begin talking about the historical reasons behind our final haunting, we have to indulge in a bit of legend. Bridget Bishop was the first victim of the Salem Witch Trials and she was, to put it mildly, someone of an enigmatic character in 1692’s Salem. The next video we’re putting together is all about her, actually, so if you’re interested, check out the channel for that.

 

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Anywho, our final haunting could really be subtitled “A Tale of Two Orchards.” Oddly enough, for reasons I don’t really understand, Bridget Bishop’s apple orchard is somewhat famous in Salem. Both the Lyceum or present-day Turner’s Seafood and The Hawthorne Hotel claim to be built upon the land where the apples once fell. Perhaps they both were? I’m not really sure. Maybe I’ll find out in the course of researching Bishop. 

 

Anywho, the hauntings of The Hawthorne Hotel begin, at lease chronologically with Bishop and her apple orchard. She is one of many spectres that have reportedly haunted the Hawthorne over the years. Visitors report seeing her spectral visage wandering the halls, bringing with it the scent of freshly bitten apples. She seems to favor room 612. Why that particular room? Well, I’m no numerology expert, but here are some guesses. She was hanged in 1692. There’s an obvious 1, 6, and 2 in there. She was killed on June 10 of that year. So, that would be 6-10-92, which is also kind of close. But this one’s the most interesting. If you actually add up all of the numbers in her death date, you get 1708. Then, divide that number by 2.79 to get 612. What’s 2.79 you ask? A number that works for this scenario. Again, I’m really not an expert. 

 

But Bridget isn’t the only deceased denizen of the Hawthorne. The hotel is rather famously the home of The Salem Marine Society. Now, again, this is a topic that’s bigger than this video. But, for our purposes here, know that many sea voyagers have made their way into somewhat hidden alcoves in The Hawthorne. And some of these reportedly never left. 

 

Sea captains, mariners, pirates, all have been reported in The Hawthorne. If I had to suppose such a thing, I would suppose that The Hawthorne is probably the most haunted place in Salem in terms of sheer volume and claims of sightings. Why exactly? I’m not sure. It certainly doesn’t have as colorful a history as some of the other places even on this list. It was only built in 1925, which by Salem standards, isn’t that old. Perhaps it has more to do with the venerable nature of its location and namesake. Everything about the Hawthorne feels like Salem. It is, in my opinion, the most Salem of the Salem hotels. Perhaps its very Salemness and the transient nature of its inhabitants, both marine or otherwise, somehow creates a liminal space between our material world and another, less graspable one. 

 

I don’t know, really. But I do know that the spirits here aren’t just seafarers and apple pickers. Infant ghosts reside here as well. Room 325 is a coldspot of electrical fault. The plumbing disrupts, the lights falter with no reason behind any of it. Perhaps that’s what’s truly terrifying about The Hawthorne – the sheer variety of seemingly malevolent, inexplicable entities prowling its halls. Viewed through such a lens, one almost longs for the comfort of a known ghost. A woman in the orchard, a drunkard in the cellar, an elderly victim in his deathbed, a merchant creeping through a darkened tunnel. The lens of history reshades each of these into yet more maddening horrors. But none such as these are as chilling as the infant with no name, the slow unexplained motion of a captain’s wheel untouched, yet still revolving on its axis, the moans from nowhere to noone. The Hawthorne Hotel has each of these and more in wait for any and all who dare to invite them in. 

 

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The House of the Seven Gables

The House of the Seven Gables

Everything you need to know about The House of the Seven Gables in a minute and a half! Keep scrolling past the video for a full transcript and much more information about The House of the Seven Gables.

 

Welcome to the Salem Spotlight, a series in which I tell you everything you need to know about attractions, restaurants, hotels, witch shops, tours, and a bunch of other locations in Salem, Massachusetts. Today we're having a look at The House of the Seven Gables. 1) Hours of Operation Like many Salem attractions, The House of the Seven Gables has fluctuating seasonal hours: January 1 - 16, 2020: Closed January to late May: 10am - 5pm Late May to Late June: 10am-5pm most days, but until 7pm on Friday and Saturday Late June to Halloween: 10am - 7pm November and December: 10am - 5pm A bunch of seasonal/holiday hours, which you can check out at at https://7gables.org 2) Ticket Prices Adults: $16 Seniors aged 65+: $15 College (need ID): $15 13-18 year-olds: $13 5-12 year-olds: $11 Under 5 years-old: Free Salem Residents (with proof of residency): Free 3) Location The House of the Seven Gables is located a little bit further down Derby St. than Pickering Wharf. Coming from downtown Salem, it's on the way toward Salem Willows and Winter Island. It's also a stop on the Salem Trolley. The address is: 115 Derby St. Salem, Massachusetts 01970 4) Contact You can reach the attraction at 978-744-0991 or by emailing info@7gables.org. Music used in the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rQ4KJcOzX4 Find way more about all things Salem at https://tosalem.com/ Support ToSalem on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/tosalem Facebook: facebook.com/tosalemsite Instagram: instagram.com/tosalemsite Twitter: twitter.com/tosalemsite

Welcome to the Salem Spotlight, a series in which I tell you everything you need to know about attractions, restaurants, hotels, witch shops, tours, and a bunch of other locations in Salem, Massachusetts. Today we're having a look at The House of the Seven Gables.

 

History

Throughout The House of the Seven Gables' many years, it has inspired authors, artists, tourists, ghost hunters, and many more. It was built in 1668 by a merchant and shipowner named John Turner who was the head of one of the most prominent New England families at the time.

 


 

It passed to the Ingersoll family in 1782. In 1804, Susannah Ingersoll inherited the home. For about a four year period in the 1840's, Ingersoll's cousin Nathaniel Hawthorne worked just down the road at the Custom House and would pop in frequently. These visits inspired Hawthorne to pen his famous novel The House of the Seven Gables.

After the Ingersoll's lost the mansion to creditors in the 1870's, the house bounced between a variety of owners until it landed on the Upton family. The artistic and industrious Uptons were both the first to give tours of the mansion and to sell souvenirs relating to it. This makes The House of the Seven Gables the longest-running Salem attraction!

The final notable owner was Caroline Emmerton, who worked with a local architect in the early 20th century to restore it to its original appearance as well as preserve it for future generations. It is because of Emmerton that The House of the Seven Gables stands in such fantastic condition to this day.

 

What's Inside The House of the Seven Gables?

The House of the Seven Gables offers one of the most bang for your buck admission policies there is. With the cost of the ticket you get:

  • A 40 minute guided tour of the house itself
  • Access to other facilities on the grounds, including: Nathaniel Hawthorne's birthplace, the Counting House, and the Living History Labs. The latter two both offer activities for kids.
  • Open access to the seaside gardens
  • An audio tour offered through a partnership with an app.

I've taken this tour twice. And both times I had an absolute blast with it. Check out all the images I have from both tours on the images page. My favorite part of the tour is also the most infamous. It's not often in life one gets to take a hidden staircase to an unfinished 17th century attic. But, the House of the Seven Gables tour lets you do just that. Disclaimer though, you must be relatively thin and fit the do it, it's a bit of a tight fit. There is also a more leisurely path up to the attic for all who'd rather avoid the tight squeeze.

 


 

Another distinguishing characteristic of the tour is that it includes multiple structures and outdoor garden spaces. And all of it is positioned seaside. This makes Gables a perfect stop on a gorgeous day in Salem as, after the tour, you're free to hang out in the gardens and feel the cool ocean breeze on your witchy face. The other structures on the grounds are absolutely worth checking out. They're more of a self-guided situation though, although there may be a guide waiting inside to answer questions. All things considered, the House of the Seven Gables tour is well-regarded for good reasons. It's one of the very few places I recommend for anyone traveling to Salem, even if they've been to the attraction before. There's always some new facet to check out at the Gables.

Hours of Operation

Like many Salem attractions, The House of the Seven Gables has fluctuating seasonal hours:

  • January 1 - 16, 2020: Closed
  • January to late May: 10am - 5pm
  • Late May to Late June: 10am-5pm most days, but until 7pm on Friday and Saturday
  • Late June to Halloween: 10am - 7pm
  • November and December: 10am - 5pm
  • A bunch of seasonal/holiday hours, which you can check out at at https://7gables.org

 


 

Ticket Prices

  • Adults: $16
  • Seniors aged 65+: $15
  • College (need ID): $15
  • 13-18 year-olds: $13
  • 5-12 year-olds: $11
  • Under 5 years-old: Free
  • Salem Residents (with proof of residency): Free

Location

The House of the Seven Gables is located a little bit further down Derby St. than Pickering Wharf. Coming from downtown Salem, it's on the way toward Salem Willows and Winter Island. It's also a stop on the Salem Trolley. The address is: 115 Derby St. Salem, Massachusetts 01970

Contact the House of the Seven Gables

You can reach the attraction at 978-744-0991 or by emailing info@7gables.org.

Music used in the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rQ4KJcOzX4


Count Orlok's Nightmare Gallery

Count Orlok's Nightmare Gallery

 

Count Orlok's Nightmare Gallery is a Salem Massachusetts attraction that has enjoyed considerable fame in its decade-long operation. This is at least partially due to the museum's featured attractions: horror movie monsters!

If you've visited any of Salem's attractions, you'll likely feel a breath of fresh air at the change in tone. It's still dark and spooky, like the Salem Witch Museum for instance. But, here be no witches (unless you count Anjelica Houston).

 

New Location

After more than ten years in operation, the Gallery moved locations in 2018. They packed up their Freddy Krueger, Pennywise the Clown, Dracula, and Wolfman displays and jaunted from a place near the wharf to the middle of the action: Essex Street. Now, Salem visitors are absolutely sure to come across the attraction, no matter when they visit.

 

Pictures

Unfortunately, the Gallery doesn't allow pictures from within the attraction, so you'll have to check it out yourself (or browse their Instagram) for the inside scoop. As someone who has visited the new location, I can tell you it's definitely worth the trip.

 

Count Orlok's Nightmare Gallery

Location: 217 Essex St. Salem, MA

Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm & Sun 10am-5pm

Site: https://www.nightmaregallery.com

Phone: 978.740.0500

Price: For general admission, you're looking around or less than $10 per person (lower for kids).

 

My Thoughts

Count Orlok's Nightmare Gallery is one of those Salem Massachusetts attractions I just can't imagine NOT being around at this point. It's new central location is definitely earned, in my opinion. As a child of the 80's my favorites from within are: Freddy Krueger, Pinhead, and Tim Curry's Pennywise the Clown. That last one is actually the most unsettling one in the entire museum. They got Curry's moist, bulging eyes exactly correct and the effect is chilling to confront. They also kept Pennywise in a corner by himself when I visited, which made me start to wonder if the figure was about to offer me cotton candy in the sewer. I'd say Orlok's is definitely worth the price of admission, but especially if you're a horror movie fan. Even the figures that aren't exactly right are still super fun to see "in the flesh."

 


The Witch House

The Witch House

 

The Witch House is one of the only remaining structures in town with direct ties to The Salem Witch Trials. You may also hear it referred to as "The Witch House," or "The Jonathan Corwin House." Here's a short video introduction to the building. Keep reading past the video for much more information.

 

Welcome to the Salem Spotlight, a series in which I tell you everything you need to know about attractions, restaurants, hotels, witch shops, tours, and a bunch of other locations in Salem, Massachusetts all in a minute! Today we're having a look at The Witch House. More Info on The Witch House: The Witch House Tours: The house contains four large rooms – a kitchen, a parlor and two bedrooms. The tour begins in the kitchen, which has a brick fireplace which covers almost an entire wall. Moving forward, you will find Witch Bottles full of hair, fingernails and urine (told you it was disturbing). More than that, you will experience 17th century life by enjoying the incredible architecture of the the large dining area included in the parlor, and the upstairs bedrooms. Also, you can find a gift shop – where you can buy tickets for tours and shop the oft-lauded Salem merchandise array in the back of the house. Hours of Operation March, 15 to November, 15: open everyday 10 AM – 5 PM Winter Hours (November, 16 to March, 14): Thursday – Sunday 12 PM – 4 AM Location Address: 310 Essex Street, Salem, MA Find way more about all things Salem at https://tosalem.com/ Facebook: facebook.com/tosalemsite Instagram: instagram.com/tosalemsite Twitter: twitter.com/tosalemsite

 

This video is part of the Salem Spotlight series in which I tell you everything you need to know about attractions, restaurants, hotels, witch shops, tours, and a bunch of other locations in Salem, Massachusetts. Here's some more information on The Witch House.

 

History of The Witch House

The house is the only remaining structure that's directly related to the infamous Witch Trials in 1692. Originally built for Captain Richard Davenport, the Witch House became Jonathan Corwin's residence in 1674. The judge, who was on the court that ruled on the Salem Witch Trials, stayed in the house for 40 years, but the building remained in his family for several generations. Corwin also reportedly held meetings relating to the trials in the house. Throughout the years, The Witch House has undergone many renovations. In the 1850s, the house was sold to a local pharmacist who opened a pharmacy inside the building.

 


 

Nearly Destroyed

In 1944, the city decided to widen North Street. The house was set to be destroyed to make way, but the building survived thanks to a group of locals. They raised enough money to move the building about 35 feet to its current location. An added bit of interesting history about this house is that it wasn't the only "Witch House" in Salem. StreetsOfSalem has an excellent examination of Salem's other no-longer-existing witch house, complete with fascinating historical images.

 

Paranormal Lore

The house is also quite haunted, second perhaps only to The Hawthorne Hotel. In fact, Ghost Adventures did an episode there and ToSalem favorite AmysCrypt has also covered the locale. Visitors have reported a variety paranormal phenomena over the years, including seeing the ghost of Corwin himself. Guests also experience apparitions' touch, hear the untraceable laughter of children, and feel cold spots.

 

What's Inside The Witch House?

The Witch House tour is one of the best in Salem. You'll enter through the rear of the house. Inside, you'll find countless items from the 17th century, including some fairly disturbing illustrations of what life was actually like back in the 17th century. Additionally, there are fascinating placards that explore some pretty offbeat history. My favorites tend to explore the odd medicinal ingredients and practices of our puritan forebears.

 


 

 

There are, of course, plenty of relics related to puritan-era witchcraft.  For example, in one display case, you'll find a simple black shoe. The shoe was supposedly found inside the wall of another house. According to puritan tradition, a shoe put inside the wall of a house effectively warded against witches. Another display case houses a poppet - a doll supposedly used to perform witchcraft. Such dolls were instrumental in accusing the likes of Bridget Bishop and others during the Salem Witch Trials.

 

 

Bridget Bishop has unfortunately been relegated to the set of familiar names connected to The Salem Witch Trials, but few know her story. Today, I'd like to change that. This in-depth analysis tracks Bridget's life, failed marriages, lost children, pre-trials history with witchcraft, role during the Salem Witch Trials, death, and everything in-between. For a full transcript of this video and a few other resources connected to Bridget's life, check out the site page here: https://tosalem.com/the-salem-witch-t... As always, when visually depicting people alive in the 17th century, one doesn't generally have portraits to draw from. As such, this episode features several stand-in likenesses for anyone whose portrait I could not locate. These include: Thomas Oliver, Mary Leman, William Stacey, Christian Oliver, and Edward Bishop. There are also a few images of women who are not actually Bridget Bishop, including one contemporary shot, the image of pregnant Bridget, among others. The sources for this episode are numerous, but there are three books in particular that were useful in constructing this episode. They are: - Six Women of Salem: The Untold Story of the Accused and Their Accusers in the Salem Witch Trials: https://amzn.to/2RFpOTL - A Delusion Of Satan: The Full Story Of The Salem Witch Trials: https://amzn.to/2xvOlnh - The Salem Witch Trials: A Day-by-Day Chronicle of a Community Under Siege: https://amzn.to/2Vamces Find way more about all things Salem at https://tosalem.com/ Facebook: facebook.com/tosalemsite Instagram: instagram.com/tosalemsite Twitter: twitter.com/tosalemsite

 

The Witch House Architecture and Historical Artifacts

The Witch House is a nearly unmatched example of its period's architecture. Only the John Ward and John Turner houses, both operated and with tours offered by the Peabody Essex Museum, competes for such pristine 17th century architecture in Salem.  In addition the witchcraft items on display during the tour, you'll also find tools, textiles, pottery, artwork, instruments, and much more from the era. The house contains four large rooms: a kitchen, a parlor and two bedrooms. The tour begins in the kitchen, which has a brick fireplace that covers almost an entire wall. From there you wind upstairs, through the rest of the house.

 


 

The Tour

Guided tours are around $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $6 for kids. You can also just walk around the house without a guide for about 20% less. The entire experience takes about thirty minutes to an hour. There is also a gift shop on the way in and out of the house.

 

Hours of Operation

  • March, 15 to November, 15: open everyday 10 AM - 5 PM
  • Winter Hours (November, 16 to March, 14): Thursday - Sunday 12 PM - 4 AM

Location

Address: 310 Essex Street, Salem, MA