Salem's spookiest tourist traps

By GREG COOK  |  October 21, 2011


When enjoying Salem's Haunted Happenings, it's easy to forget amidst all the delicious ghoulishness that there were no magical evil witches here in 1692. Salem's witchy attractions are located in downtown Salem, but the hysteria began five and a half miles northwest, in rural Salem Village, which became the town of Danvers in the mid 18th century. Danvers maintains the actual site of Rev. Samuel Parris's parsonage, where the girls listened to Tituba, and got sick, and started pointing fatal fingers. Standing on Centre Street, follow a poorly marked cart path between two neat suburban yards to a fenced-in site shaded by maples, white pines, and lilacs. All that's left of the house is the sturdy foundation stones and a hole excavated in the 1970s. It feels like a grave. It's a monument to the maliciousness of teen girls and to some of the greatest village-idiot assholes in American history.

Opposite 64 Centre Street, in Danvers | free.

>> Find out more about Boston's haunted happenings at <<

To read Greg Cook's blog, The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research, go to

<< first  ...< prev  8  |  9  |  10  |  11  |  12  |  13  |  14  |  15  |  16  |  17  | 

18 of 18 (results 18)
  Topics: Lifestyle Features , Salem, halloween10, Museums,  More more >
| More

Most Popular
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   EVOLVING PERSPECTIVES  |  July 23, 2014
    Somewhere around the 1950s, Florence Leif drastically changed her style.
  •   DOODLES, LIGHTS, AND DREAMS  |  July 16, 2014
    Gibson Prouty has found a muse — classic yellow pencils with pink erasers on the end.
  •   SEEING ANEW  |  July 09, 2014
    The aim of the RISD Museum’s eight newly renovated galleries for its permanent collection of fashion and Egyptian and Asian art seems to be “quiet contemplation.”
  •   BRIGHTNESS AND DARKNESS  |  June 25, 2014
    Constellations of mirror ball clouds dangle from the ceiling on pink cords at the center of the room and slowly rotate and sparkle. You’re invited to peer though weird, lumpy crystal-telescope-things.
  •   FIGHTING THE POWER  |  June 18, 2014
    It was around 1983 when Providence artist James Montford and a friend posed as photographers to check out the Ku Klux Klan rally in Norwalk, Connecticut.

 See all articles by: GREG COOK