We really tried not to let the constant mist and rain stop us from getting around Salem at least a little bit. There was no way we were just going to sit in the hotel for the second half of our vacation!
Like I said in the previous post, before the witchcraft trials, Salem Town was known for its active maritime trade. Buildings from that history are scattered all over Salem.
Witch Trials Memorial
Most of Salem's history is mired in the witch trials of 1692. A memorial park is set up next to the town's old cemetery, a place where accused witches could not be buried. The memorial park is packed with so much meaning. There are benches inscribed with the names of those who lost their lives due to the trials.
At the entrance are inscribed the vows of innocence from the accused. Each quote is cut off....as their protests were cut off in life.
Rain, rain, go away...
The House of the Seven Gables
(I really need to process all these images...)
The rain seemed to be determined to ruin our day, so we decided to drive out to the Salem Willows Park. It's a free little amusement park just a couple of miles from the House of the Seven Gables. It's kind of like a mini-Coney Island: park food, arcades, etc. It's set right on the bay, so there's a beach, too. And you can look over at the multi-million dollar homes in Beverly.
"I thought YOU had the GPS."
Normally, the little guy wants little to do with these contraptions, but that suddenly changed on this trip and we could barely get him out of them...except when he was learning how to play Skeeball!
"Just like dat!"
And then we drove back to Salem and stayed indoors the rest of the day because there was nothing else we could do in that awful weather. Sheesh!
No, seriously. Rain, rain, go away.