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13 Salem Witch Trial Landmarks Recommended by Locals

Updated October 7, 2019 146.7k views13 items
With a nickname like “Witch City,” visitors shouldn’t be surprised by the plethora of Salem Witch Trials landmarks in Salem, Massachusetts. Jam packed with museums, cemeteries, haunted houses, and gift shops, nearly every spot is a beacon for tourists. Since most people don’t have enough time - or money after visiting the gift shops - to visit all the Salem Witch Trials tourist sites, their best bet is to take a cue from the locals.
 
Not only do locals have an ongoing list of favorite spots, but they also know something out-of-towners may not realize: Some of the most impressive places from the Salem Witch Trials aren’t actually in Salem. Way back in the 17th century, Salem Village took up a huge chunk of land that was later split into different cities. While modern day Salem is undoubtedly the most popular place for bewitching fun, it is certainly not the only city connected to Salem Witch Trial history.
 
Unlike their super shy Puritan ancestors, today’s Salem locals aren’t afraid to get loud. When asked about their favorite Salem Witch Trial sites, they have a lot to say. Ranked according to fun, creepiness, historical accuracy, and general awesomeness, these are the must-see Salem Witch Trial landmarks that should be on any visitor’s itinerary.
  • Salem Village Parsonage Site

    Where to Go:

    Rear 87 Centre Street

    Danvers, MA 01923

    Why to Go:

    This is the spot where it all began and time may never rob it of its creepy appeal. As the former home of accused witches and witchcraft accusers, this site is at the heart of Salem Witch Trial history. Here, visitors can walk through the foundation of the old Parris estate and feel the chilling aura that still fills the air.

  • Old Salem Jail Grounds

    Photo: David Bjorgen / Wikimedia Commons

    Where to Go:

    4 Federal Street

    Salem, MA 01970

    Why to Go:

    Imagine the worst human living conditions possible, then dig deeper to the evils you wouldn’t even want to imagine. The result could be reminiscent of what it was like in the Salem Witch Jail and Dungeon during the hysteria. Some prisoners were tortured. Others were carted to Gallows Hill. Even more became sick or even died within their confines. Though the building is long gone, the site where hundreds of innocent men, women, and children were imprisoned will never be forgotten.

  • Gallows Hill

    Photo: Rebecca Brooks / History of Massachusetts

    Where to Go:
    Witch Hill Road

    Salem, MA 01970

    Why to Go:

    There’s something downright creepy about visiting the spot where 19 people were hanged. Even creepier is the fact that this Salem Witch Trials landmark was turned into a beautiful park where people bring their pets and children to play.

  • Proctor's Ledge

    Where to Go:

    Witch Hill Road

    Salem, MA 01970

    Why to Go:

    Though it is technically part of Gallows Hill, this particular spot was recently revealed as the precise location where the gallows stood. Found in the lower region of Gallows Hill Park, it is easy to see how condemned “witches” were carted to their demise without toppling off the path as they likely would have atop the main hill.