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Halloween is the number one holiday in America!

crowds on essex streetaccusations of witchcraftOk, the retailers will say Christmas is number 1 but when you live in Haunt Central I think you will find the local hotels, restaurants, retailers, and attractions all say Halloween is king in Salem.

This is a month of buying, eating and staying local for Salem and without the revenue of Halloween Salem would just be another historic maritime town with it’s roots going back to the beginning of our nation… But that is another story!

Halloween and witchcraft

The whole witchcraft thing, as most people know, goes back to 1692 and one of my favorite places to photograph that is connected to the trials is:

The "Witch house" of Salem Massachusetts

The “Witch house” of Salem Massachusetts

There were of course no witches back in 1692 and fear and intolerance seem to be the lead suspects in this terrible year. My own ancestor Bethsheba (Folger) Pope was a minor but significant player in the witch trials. Significant because she accused Martha Corey, John Proctor and Rebbeca Nurse of witchcraft. Now I have no way of knowing what went through her mind back then but I do know she was born and raised a Quaker and they were persecuted by the Puritans to the point of having ears cut off and tongues slit.

Repercussions of what we do

Maybe that had something to do with her actions, but we know that on 19 March during the trial of Martha Corey, the transcripts say that “good woman Pope did throw her muff at the accused but it fell short”. I read this and was amazed but the next statement floored me. “Mrs Pope then doff her shoe and threw it at the accused, hitting her on the side of her head”.

Was this payback or something deeper? Were the persecutions against the Quakers coming back to haunt the village of Salem? Well if we ever create a time machine, I know where I want to go back to and ask some questions…

Downtown Salem explorations

Lori Brunowitchy fun in salemHaunted good times can be found almost anywhere you look throughout the downtown. All sorts of haunted fun can be found in the one mile wide downtown. We have:

  • Witch museums
  • The psychic festival
  • Haunted houses
  • 30 or more walking tours of all flavors
    • Haunted
    • ghost
    • truth in advertisingcemetery
    • witch
    • and of course, historical
    • also…
  • Trolley tours
  • Plays
  • Magic acts and much more…
  • don't fall asleep in salemOH! don’t forget the 50+ restaurants!
  • And eight Dunkin Donuts within 2 miles of downtown…

 

Is there any reality to all this haunted business?

Well for myself, I’ve never had any contacts from the other side and not because I don’t believe, I just haven’t been convinced. I did have one occasion some years back when I was photographing Saint Peters church at night and this is the church at the corner of Brown and Church streets. They have a small grave yard on either side of the front door which is also painted a bright red. (which is why I was photographing it).

As you look through each of these images you will see  just to the right of the tower a circle of light (or an orb). The first two are the original shot and then a close up and then I re-positioned the camera slightly and then the second shot.

I didn’t see the light with my eyes and not until I got home. The orb (for lack of a better term) seems to be directly over the graveyard… Hmmm… Well I don’t think there were any bright lights to cause a reflection on the lens and I really don’t know what caused it… I leave that up to you my good readers… 🙂

The Visitors Center

The members of the National Park run the Visitor’s center. We do our best to give you balanced information between the historical and commercial attractions that the city has to offer. Being a Federal agency we can’t tell you which is best. My suggestion is to check Trip advisor of Salem attractions and see which one has a high rating and great reviews. Also when it comes to tours, I suggest you call the tour operator and ask them point blank what they will be talking about. If you want historical and you get a bunch of ghost stories, you won’t be happy.

I hope to get re-hired next spring so maybe I’ll see you down on the wharf or in the customs house… 🙂

Jeff "Foliage" Folger  You can purchase images by visiting my Fine Art Gallery websites
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My name is Jeff Folger,
but people call me Jeff Foliage.
I have several pages that I write blogs for such as: http://www.4cornersnewengland.com/
My most popular blog is for Leaf peepers: Jeff Foliage.com.
I live in Salem, Massachusetts and work as a blogger and Travel Photographer. I'm also the founder of the New England Photography Guild.
Feel free to visit me on my blogs and see what life in New England is like.

I started with Yankee Magazine as their first blogger on everything fall foliage. Now I blog on my own blog on my favorite subject, telling leaf peepers where the fall foliage is showing up in New England and helping them (to some extent) plan their fall foliage vacations.
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My name is Jeff Folger, but people call me Jeff Foliage. I have several pages that I write blogs for such as: http://www.4cornersnewengland.com/ My most popular blog is for Leaf peepers: Jeff Foliage.com. I live in Salem, Massachusetts and work as a blogger and Travel Photographer. I'm also the founder of the New England Photography Guild. Feel free to visit me on my blogs and see what life in New England is like. I started with Yankee Magazine as their first blogger on everything fall foliage. Now I blog on my own blog on my favorite subject, telling leaf peepers where the fall foliage is showing up in New England and helping them (to some extent) plan their fall foliage vacations.

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