After reading several books on the subject, The Wolves of Andover & The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent, Deliverance from Evil by Frances Hill ( while fictional, both are drawn from early America’s tragic historical character’s and events of the 1692 Witch Trials) I became intrigued and decided to visit the coastal village of Salem, MA. The following are some of my findings along the way.
Salem Witch Museum is an interesting look at our perceptions and the evolution of what the word “Witch” means and how our society has shaped this over time: Starting with the early Celtic healers and midwives, moving to Hollywood’s stereotypes–think Wizard of Oz‘s green faced “Wicked Witch”– to a more modern day Wican following. While promoting tolerance towards others.
A great thought provoking timeline is drawn up along the walls as you make your way around the exhibit, starting with the Spanish Inquisition at it’s fullest intensity in 1492. This conjured up all kinds of questions from the group as we could see the phenomenon of witch hunting as triggered by historical events, religious beliefs, and, most importantly, fear.
I also visited the Salem’s Village Witchcraft Victims Memorial located in Danvers, MA. This memorial is highly symbolic in nature containing all of the 25 victim’s names and dates of the trials and hangings. Containing some of their last brave words and testimonies as they refused to confess because they wanted to be inscribed in “The Book of Life” which is also represented here. Metal shackles are divided in two by the book which translates to Eternal Life. A reminder to generations that intolerance must be confronted with integrity.
Fun New Age shops, old cemeteries, gift shopping, restaurants, coffee shops and bricked walkways. So put on your walking shoes and spend a day (or few!) exploring this town.