Most of you probably know Salem as the site of
the infamous witch trials of the 1640s, and Salem capitalizes
on this history with a touristy binge around Halloween, as well
as a Witch Museum and other campy attractions. But the witch
trials actually took place in Old Salem Village, now known as
Salem city itself has a long and proud history as a thriving
seaport. The narrow streets of the old town are crowded with
historic homes and old warehouses and counting houses. It was
also the home of Nathaniel Hawthorne, who wrote his famous “House
of the Seven Gables” while serving as customs officer
for the port. The house is open for visits – and it’s
well worth the trip.
Another famous Salem sight is the Peabody-Essex Museum, which
has a world-renowned collection of ship models, figureheads
and nautical memorabilia, as well as a fascinating Chinese merchant’s
house, which was carried piece-by-piece from China and painstakingly
reassembled in the museum.
CDSOA members will stay at the Clipper
Ship Inn (978-745-8022).
Open rates at this motel, located an easy walk from the historic
downtown, start at $95/night. A package deal is pending for
On Saturday, November 3, CSOA members and their guests will
assemble at the Salem
Beer Works restaurant, on the waterfront, for a
menu including a choice of beer-basted steak tips, malted salmon,
stuffed chicken breast or vegetarian stir-fry, preceded salad
and appetizer, for $26 a person. Refreshments will be served
at a cash bar.
Final arrangements are underway, and a reservation form will
be posted before Sept. 15