The Ultimate Salem Tourist Episode with Ron Martin – The Salem Witch Podcast Episode 5
If you’re thinking about visiting Salem, you’ll definitely want to check out this interview with Ron Martin. He’s one of the most knowledgeable minds out there on the Salem tourism scene and he recently put his over 20 years’ worth of Salem adventures into a travel book (link below) titled Discover Salem: A Tour Guide for the Witch City.
He’s also obsessed with the Salem Witch Trials and hosts the definitive Trials history podcast, the Salem 1692 podcast.
My Conversation with Ron Martin
This episode is really just two Salem nerds geeking out about a place we both adore. It also serves as a fantastic introduction to the city and its tourism market for anyone who hasn’t been before. Our conversation ranges from the implications of hyper commercialization to the best places to check out in Salem and a whole lot more. Check out the timecodes to bounce to a particular section. And continue below that for links to Ron’s work.
01:50 Skip Intro
02:10 Salem Massachusetts Halloween 2020 conversation
04:44 How Ron Martin got interested in Salem
06:40 Danvers and the still remaining Salem Witch Trials locations
09:12 Ron’s first trip to Salem
14:05 What long-distance travelers to Salem should know about the cost of visiting the city
15:29 What’s our favorite place to stay in Salem?
17:48 Is The Merchant hotel haunted?
19:15 My Salem ghost story at the Hotel Salem
24:50 There are ghosts everywhere in Salem
25:16 Ron’s ghost experiences in Salem
28:33 What about Salem keeps Ron coming back?
33:04 A conversation on the Salem 1692 Podcast
38:05 What is so fascinating about the Salem Witch Trials?
43:57 Our understanding of the Salem Witch Trials is still changing
45:10 Does Salem do a good job of adequately representing the With Trials?
47:12 Are Salem Witch Trials attraction exploiting the victims of the 1692 hysteria?
56:50 Is there anything Ron would change about Salem’s attractions scene?
59:19 Could and should the Peabody Essex Museum do a better job with the Witch Trials?
01:02:05 How could you stop bad Witch Trials attractions from springing up?
01:08:15 A conversation on history versus entertainment and how Ron’s book can help
01:12:38 Rapid fire Salem recommendations from Ron Martin