We were on the road by 8:30 a.m. driving towards Salem where we
would spend two nights.
On the way we stopped in Gloucester, Ma to do a little sightseeing.
Gloucester is a city on Cape Ann with a very important fishing
port that is home to Gorton’s of Gloucester. This iconic statue of
the Gorton Fisherman is known throughout the world. You can
see in any grocery store their frozen fish with this image on it.
Back on the road we arrived in Salem and checked into the
Hawthorne Hotel which had been recommended to us. It is a
Historic hotel that opened in 1925. The hotel is named after
Nathaniel Hawthorne , an American author of many novels
including The Scarlett Letter and House of the Seven Gables.
Salem is a delightful town known for its tales of the famous
Witch trials for those accused of witchcraft between 1688 and 1693.
It is also famous for the House of the Seven Gables, the home of
Captain John Turner and stayed with his family for three
generations. It was made famous from the novel in 1851. It
is now National Historic sight.
There is also the Salem Witch Museum and the Salem Maritime
National historic Site. One must see, The Peabody museum.
It is an impressive museum that you are totally unprepared for in
this small city. Although it is small, the variety and uniqueness of
it’s collections are very impressive. The East Asian collections are
the strongest not only for the objects but there is an entire home
from China from the 19th century that was packed up and shipped
here to be reassembled in the Museum backyard. Visitors have a
chance to see how a family lived in China thru the generations.
After a day of sightseeing in Salem, we had a light dinner in the
hotel and prepared our plans for tomorrow in Boston.