Everything you need to know about the Burying Point Cemetery in a minute-long video! 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 Burying Point Cemetery (also known as the Charter Street Cemetery).
The Old Burying Point (Charter Street) Cemetery is the city’s first graveyard. It opened for business in 1637, just 55 years before the Salem Witch Trials, and is the second oldest cemetery in the country. Additionally, winged “death heads” decorate the graves, which were popular motifs in the 17th century. The symbol represents the ascension into heaven or the flight of the soul. Even after years of tourist bombardment, the old tombstones are mostly intact and supremely carved.
There are about 300 individuals resting in Burying Point Cemetery, including two Witch Trials judges. Unfortunately, none of the accused were interred here. Sadly, most of them weren’t given graves at all. But, just next door you can visit the Salem Witch Trials Memorial, which features the names of each of the hysteria’s twenty victims.
One of the principle magistrates of the witchcraft trials, John Hathorne, lies in a grave on the left of the cemetery. Also, in the center of the graveyard, you will find a red sandstone tabletop tomb. There are the remains of another judge from the trials – Bartholomew Gedney.
To put in plainly, if you’re in Salem, you must see this cemetery. At the entrance of the graveyard, you will find a map of the location. There are also several tour companies that make the cemetery a central stop.
The cemetery is open everyday from 9 AM to 5 Pm and it’s free to visit.
Address: Charter St, Salem, MA 01970
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Everything you need to know about Crow Haven Corner in a minute-long video! 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 Crow Haven Corner.
Laurie Cabot started Salem’s modern witchcraft movement. Following a divorce, she combined resources with a friend and left Boston. In 1970, Cabot opened the first witch shop in the Witch City. Without the need to be more specific (yet), she named the store “The Witch Shoppe”. One year after, Cabot moved the shop to Essex Street and renamed it Crow Haven Corner.
The store is still open in the same location, but it’s no longer owned by any member of the Cabot family. Currently, Lorelei Stathopoulos owns the shop.
When in Salem, you definitely have to make this place a stop. Even if the store isn’t huge, you’ll notice that everywhere you look there’s something fascinating to see. There are herbs, crystals, candles, t-shirts, occult books and so on. If you’re new to magick and witchcraft, you can even find spell kits and potions (for only $19.99). They also have an online shop, on their website.
Lorelei is known as Salem’s Famous “Love Clairvoyant.” Not only is she a well-known love reader, she’s also renowned for advise on health and well-being. Lorelei offers phone and in person readings. Every reading should be booked and you may choose from below (prices from December, 2019):
At the end, you will receive a magic mojo bag made by the owner herself.
The store is open daily from 11 AM to 8 PM.
Address: 125 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970
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.
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.
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.
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.
You may visit the cemetery everyday, from dawn till dusk.
Address: Howard St, Salem, MA 01970
Everything you need to know about the Salem Jail of 1692 in a minute-long video! 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 jail used to house the accused during the Salem Witch Trials in 1692.
The accused in Salem were actually held in four separate jails, but this one, built in 1684, hosted the majority of them. To call the building's conditions inhumane would be an understatement. The lower level dungeon was even used to torture the accused as they awaited trial.
This jail was abandoned after a new one was built and, after that, in 1863, Abner Cheney Goodall used the old jail's timbers to construct a residence. In the 1930s, the family recreated the jail and opened one of the very first witch city attractions in Salem.
Shortly after, in 1956, the New England Telephone Company destroyed that building to construct their new headquarters. So unfortunately, the jail structure no longer exists, but there is a bronze plaque displayed at the Federal Street location where it once stood.
The jail is well-known due to its connection to the Witch Trials. The jail was dirty, dark and dismal. Quarters were absurdly tight, illness was everywhere, and some of the accounts of the time spent in the jail are absolutely horrifying.
It was also from this Salem Jail that Giles Corey was taken to an open field and pressed to death. It was here that Margaret Jacobs accused several others of witchcraft, including her grandfather. And this is, honestly, just a slice of the horrors that occurred within these dank, ugly walls. So perhaps it's not such a bad thing that the building is gone?
The site of the Salem Jail is right in the middle of downtown at 4 Federal Street, Salem, MA. Again, only a plaque remains to commemorate the site. But you can see an original timber used in the construction at the Witch Dungeon Museum.
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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. Today we’re having a look at the Gardner-Pingree House .
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.
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.
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.
PEM offers tours of the Gardner-Pingree House along with the Yin Yu Tang house in a one hour and fifteen minute organized tour.
Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.
Address: 129 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970
Everything you need to know about Bunghole Liquors! Let's kick things off with a short, introductory video. The video below is part of the the Salem Spotlight series in which I fill you in on 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 Bunghole Liquors. Keep scrolling past the video for much more information about Bunghole Liquors.
During the Prohibition-era, Americans would often go to extreme lengths to get their hands on heavily restricted alcohol. In Salem, a funeral home by the wharf even went so far as to serve liquor out of its basement. Frequent visitors to the parlor began referring to it as, "The Bunghole." This term was likely a bit cheeky in its intent. The bunghole is a the little, corked hole on the side of a liquor barrel. Its used to provide easy visibility to the liquor inside, without having to open the entire barrel and potentially expose the fermentation to damaging light or materials.
But it also sounds pretty hilarious. I know if I was forced to drink in the basement of a funeral home, I'd want it to be called something hilarious too.
Speaking of drinking at the bunghole. It was just as gruesome as it appears to have been. There are multiple claims of Salem's residents getting sloshed literally right beside corpses. If that's not the most Salem thing I've ever heard, I'm not sure what is.
Due to either well-guarded secrecy or the inclination of Salem's policing officials to look the other way, the funeral home/liquor dungeon somehow held on through the entirety of the prohibition age. As Prohibition lifted in 1933, people began searching for places to drink in droves. Hence, in the same year, a liquor store emerged in the place of the funeral home.
Legend has it that the name came directly from a Polish priest who frequented the parlor every single day. He, like most of Salem's drinkers, had adopted the bunghole colloquial, years prior. And so, Bunghole Liquors was born.
The main store (in downtown Salem) offers with a wide variety of drinks, especially wine and beer. It also has an online store, where you can buy Bunghole merchandise. Unfortunately there's little these days that hearkens to the store's strange history. Legend has it, however, that the basement still contains the portholes where once corpses awaited their final internment. Bunghole is one of the several Salem locations that supposedly also contains access to the infamous tunnel system that runs beneath the city streets.
Most fascinatingly, the dark and macabre history of the store has led many Salem residents and visitors to claim the building is haunted. Rumor has it that there are two ghosts who frequent the store. The first is a woman, usually spotted along the wine racks. The second is the infamous black cat of Salem, which has also been spotted at the nearby House of the Seven Gables. You can learn more about those hauntings, as well as the paranormal history of four other Salem locations, in the video below.
Bunghole Liquors in Salem Ma is perhaps best well-known outside of Salem for its sign. Why? Because it's hilarious. The entire brand is hilarious if I'm honest. That leads many people to share images of the sign on social media. Here's a photo of mine if you'd like to share it.
The store is rather advantageously positioned. You'll find it near Derby Wharf between the Salem Waterfront Hotel and the House of the Seven Gables. If you're visiting the Witch City, chances are you'll run right into Bunghole without even trying to. Bunghole isn't the only liquor store in downtown Salem. But it is the only one on the wharf.
Address: 204 Derby St, Salem, Massachusetts
Bunghole also opened a sister store in the "Tanner City," Peabody, MA in 1995. Its address is 79 Lowell St, Peabody, MA 01960
Everything you need to know about Mercy Tavern 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 Mercy Tavern.
As you may know, Salem is a port city and due to this fact, many nautical stories have emerged - like ones with pirates. Not long after the well-known Salem Witch Trials in 1692, visiting sailors began undertaking illicit activities inside Salem's taverns. One of these was Mercy Tavern (formally In a Pig's Eye). The pirates even used the tunnels beneath the Tavern to smuggle goods and kidnap women. To this day, there are rumors that the pirates' spirits can still be spotted lurking throughout the building.
In the middle of September, 2016 the restaurant In a Pig's Eye was closed. Fortunately, a new owner re-opened the local pub in April under the name Mercy Tavern, which it still operates under today.
The restaurant is colorful and bright with a cozy and warm feel inside. After entering the building, you will find the dining area which includes a handful of tables and a small bar. Besides the good food and the great cocktails, the restaurant hosts concerts, so you can enjoy great live music up to five days a week.
The restaurant also donates a portion of each bill to help small organizations in town.
Mercy Tavern's menu is based on a Farm to Fork system, so you can enjoy dishes with fresh, seasonal ingredients. The Tavern's gastropub style menu also includes vegetarian and vegan options as well as a kid's menu.
There are also a variety of drink options, from original creations like cocktails (each priced at 12$) to draft beers.
The address: 148 Derby Street, Salem, MA 01970
Everything you need to know about Wicked Good Books 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 Wicked Good Books .
Wicked Good Books is a book store, meeting point and destination for residents and visitors to Salem. The last independent bookstore in Salem, Derby Square Bookstore, was going under in the 2010's. Luckily, it was purchased by a local couple, renamed and reopened.
The couple remodeled the bookstore, doing away with its well-known floor-to-ceiling stacks of books. The new owners aimed at maintaining the shop's Salem roots and preserving its historic charm as much as possible. Old shelves in the former store were re-purposed to build stairs and create a one-of-a-kind counter.
The new store inherited the former store’s merchandise too. It also houses an eclectic mix of non-fiction, fiction and a wide collection of local authors. Wicked also keeps up the community engagement by hosting book clubs and readings by local authors.
Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 7:00 pmSaturday 9:00 am - 9:00 pmSunday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
The bookstore is located in the heart of Salem at 215 Essex St, Derby Square, Salem, MA 01970-3727
You can reach Wicked Good Books via Phone: 978-594-1938Email: email@example.com
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.
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.
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:
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.
Like many Salem attractions, The House of the Seven Gables has fluctuating seasonal hours:
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
You can reach the attraction at 978-744-0991 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music used in the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rQ4KJcOzX4