So what makes Salem, MA, the site of the Salem Witch Trials, worth visiting?

Well, there are its ties to Nathaniel Hawthorne. You can visit his birthplace…

Nathaniel Hawthorne’s birthplace.

…And the House of the Seven Gables, which inspired his novel of the same name.

The House of the Seven Gables.

There’s the former house of witch trial judge Jonathan Corwin, built in the 17th century (now called the “Witch House”).

The “Witch House.”
The “Witch House.”

Beautiful cemeteries including some of the oldest headstones in America, with unique hand-carved headstone designs like these.

Old Burying Point Cemetery.
Old Burying Point Cemetery.

Salem also has Ye Olde Pepper Companie, the oldest candy company in America (established 1806), which sells delectable goods like anise-flavored gummy bears, fresh fudge, and Black Jacks.

This photo by thesaleminsider.com.

And the Friendship (a functional reconstruction of a 1797 ship) is always docked on the waterfront at night.

Plus you can get yourself a killer plate of blueberry pancakes at the historic Salem Diner.

This photo by Larry Cultrera.
The Salem Diner.
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