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13 Salem Witch Trial Landmarks Recommended by Locals

Updated October 7, 2019 131.3k 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 Witch Museum

    Salem Witch Museum
    Photo: Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism / flickr / CC-BY-ND 2.0

    Where to Go:

    19 1/2 N Washington Square

    Salem, MA 01970

    Why to Go:

    This is the go-to place for people who want to brush up on their Salem Witch Trials history. With a combination of real documents, 13 individual stages, and a team of guides who know everything, visitors are bound to learn something new with every trip. 

  • Salem Witch Dungeon

    Salem Witch Dungeon
    Photo: osseous / flickr / CC-BY 2.0

    Where to Go:

    16 Lynde Street

    Salem, MA 01970

    Why to Go:

    After a brief reenactment of an actual witch trial, visitors retreat down a narrow staircase and witness the living conditions of the many accused witches who lived - and died - in jail. Like any good Salem Witch Trial tourist site, the exit from the dungeon leads to a gift shop loved by locals and tourists alike.

  • Nurse Homestead

    Nurse Homestead
    Photo: MacKensie Cornelius / flickr / CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0

    Where to Go:

    149 Pine Street

    Danvers, MA 01923

    Why to Go:

    As the previous home of Rebecca Nurse, one of the 19 people hanged in Salem Village, this colonial farm exhibits a creepy sort of beauty. Not only do visitors learn of Nurse’s fate, but they see the grave of fellow victim George Jacobs. With a farmhouse, a replica of the Salem Village Meeting House, and the burial grounds, the Nurse Homestead is a Salem Witch Trial landmark that should not be missed.

  • Old Town Hall

    Old Town Hall
    Photo: George Pankewytch / flickr / CC-BY 2.0
    Where to Go:
    Derby Square
    Salem, MA 01970
     
    Why to Go: 
    This site was not built until the 19th century, but this list would not be complete without it. During the warmer half of the year, this is the site for Salem’s beloved play, Cry Innocent: The People vs Bridget Bishop. Not only does the audience see an amazing reenactment of Bishop’s trial, but they get to be part of the jury. After the show, there is still plenty to see in this historical hot spot!