Salem, Massachusetts

 

The "Witch House" turns out to be the house of a judge who was involved in examining and sentencing the accused during the witch trials of 1692.  So the main thing to learn from the house is how one of the richest men of those times lived.

This is the front of the house:

This is the side of the house:

And the first room you enter as a visitor is the parlor where visitors were received and entertained:

The "kitchen" was interesting, it is fireplace in a dining are where there was an oven and many paraphernalia for roasting, drying, cooking, etc:

The chimney of the house served both the kitchen and sitting room fireplaces, which also served to heat the upstairs:

The master bedroom was outfitted with a canopy bed (sheets helped keep in the heat), a trundlebed, and a crib:

This small authentic period desk was also located in the bedroom:

There were many illustrations placed throughout the house to explain life in 17th century New England.  It is an interesting tour for that purpose, but since it had little additional light to shed on the witch trials themselves, I moved on up to Essex Street's pedestrian mall:

This is where I spotted the Witch History Museum, which I entered and in which I was allowed to take flash photos, for which you will have to see the next page.

Go to third Salem visit page (Witch History Museum)

 Go to fourth Salem visit page (cemeteries, trees and a storm)

 Go back to first Salem visit page (Griffen Theatre and the town)

 Go back to 'where in the world' page three A

 Go to yearbook for 2007

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