Friday, May 29, 2015
Keeping with our more relaxing day we spent the afternoon in Salem, Massachusetts.
We knew very little about this town except that the Salem Witch Trials were here and that Nathaniel Hawthorn wrote a book called House of Seven Gables and that house was supposed to be here.
Just driving through the town we could tell this was not what we were expecting. When we went to the visitor's center to get a map it showed about 10 or more museums dedicated to witches, witchcraft and horrors of all sorts.
We went to see the House of Seven Gables. When we got there Sophie was not feeling well and we thought she might be sick. The wait for the next tour was about half an hour so we walked through the gift shop for awhile. From the things in the gift shop and the brochure they gave us we could tell they were playing this house up as a sort of spook house. They said it got more than half it's visitors in the month of October. I think it is sort of the Winchester Mystery House of the East.
In the end we decided not to tour the house and take Sophie to the harbor. But in that gift shop we noticed a small section dedicated to Carry On, Mr. Bowditch. Since we all loved that book it caught my eye and I flipped it open to one of the illustrations and it was captioned Salem and gave the year. Finally we found something that wasn't linked to the supernatural to enjoy at Salem.
At the harbor we could look out over all the boats in the marina and there was even a tall ship there that must take people out on the bay. They play up the pirates here too so it may be a pirate ship for all we could tell.
Here is the House of Seven Gables peeking out of the trees. It is very close to the ocean.
The sea breeze was lovely and Sophie was feeling a bit better
We figured we would try to find a museum or something we could tour to find out more about the Salem Witch Trials but they all seemed more geared toward celebrating the witches and witchcraft and such rather than the history and why these people were accused of being witches.
In the end we just stopped by the Salem Witch Trials Memorial.
After having two busy days of walking and traveling we decided to have a milder day. We took the girls to the Boston Temple. They were able to go and do Baptisms for the dead.
I must have been off kilter this day. All my pictures are slightly tilted. I will have to go edit them!
You come to Boston as a tourist to go on the Freedom Trail. It starts in Boston Common and ends at Bunker Hill in Charlestown. We were told you could do it in about 2 hours. We left at noon and were still not finished at 6:00 that night. But we stopped and went through a few museums and houses along the way.
Boston Common is really the first stop on the trail but since we had spent the morning there we jumped into list of things to see a little further down.
I did say Ben Franklin was born in Boston. Here is the building that stands on where he was born. I really don't think this building was there at the time.
This is the site of the first public school. They have a statue of Ben Franklin in the courtyard. Which is funny since he was a school drop out.
Here is the Old State House. It is a little dwarfed by the many big building around it now. But back in the day it was a grand building.
We wound through many streets that looked old following those red bricks.
Our next stop was the Old North Church. Outside was a large Statue of Paul Revere.
The last stop on the trail is Bunker Hill.
Here is the view from the top of the hill. We were too late to climb to the top of the obelisk. It is somewhat hard to imagine what the scene would have been back in colonial times. With all these buildings and such built up on the hill it is hard to imagine the soldiers and battle that happened here.
It was a lot of walking and we were all tired by the end. The two hour walking tour lasted us about 7 hours. We didn't make it back to the train until about 9:00 that night.
After a whole day outside walking around we were really ready to sleep that night!