Salem Witch Trials Memorial, Salem

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Salem Witch Trials Memorial features a row of benches installed in a stone wall. Each bench is engraved with the name of a victim of the trials. You might bring flowers or a memento to honor those who suffered the witch hunt. You are welcome to sit on benches. The memorial is next to the Peabody Essex Museum. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Salem holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Salem Witch Trials Memorial and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Wonderfully located. We happened upon it by accident. We wanted to see it. But wasn’t looking for it at that moment. So nicely done. It’s a great memorial.  more »
  • The trip being around Halloween was purely incidental, but, I'll admit, it made the tour a bit more fun. Autumn in New England is not to be missed. You feel steeped in the history just walking the mus...  more »
  • Visited while on the Salem walking tour with Kenneth Glover. Tour was incredibly interesting, and the memorial is situated right next to a graveyard. It is incredibly sad, knowing what happened during...  more »
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  • This is a must-see if you are in the Boston area. It's chilling to go and see the quotes of all of the victims of the Salem witch trials that are etched into the stone beneath your feet. One of the locals said that it represents when the people said they were innocent and others walked over their words. This is a very educational experience whether you have children or if you just want to stroll through as a couple. My husband and I visited a couple of years before we brought our kids. It seems like we learn something new each time we visit.
  • We stopped by on our way to Portland from Boston, with the goal of learning more about the history of the site. Our experience was quite sobering, especially after reading the plaques that bear the names of the dead and the brutal ways in which they were killed. The place imparts a larger message of protecting human rights and civil liberties. We visited in the winter and the site was quite picture-worthy, especially with all the snow on the ground. There are no admission fees here. We knew beforehand that the place is small and we were not interested in the nearby art museum or the spooky attractions so our short visit met our expectations and was not as disappointing as the experience of other reviewers.
  • We visited Salem on a bus trip from New York during the weekend before Halloween. Our first stop was for food, which was at a little "Irish restaurant". It was rated well, and they had outdoor seating, so our expectations at least some decent bar food. It was awful, and overpriced. Salem itself is overrated. For a town that is known for its history, and drawing as many tourists as it does, you expect quality entertainment. We got the package of three haunted exhibits for my son, my boyfriend and I. All three were extremely fast, understimulating, run down, and cheesy. There are better haunted houses in my hometown. Each had less than a handful of actors, and even if the props were interesting, we wouldn't know, because it was too dark to see anything. We stayed in Salem for about an hour and a half, then took an uber to liberty mall, trying to catch a movie and salvage some of our weekend. The traffic was so horrible in the area, that we didn't make it in time, and ended up just sitting at buffalo wild wings until we had to return to catch our bus.
  • Sad history. Very old cemetery. Incredible stories from the tombstones.
  • This was a historic stop I wanted to take while visiting Salem from Boston. I'm glad I didn't pay for a guided tour as there's a ton of info online, and the house is easy to see, but the memorial was well kept and only took five minutes to see the entire thing. It's centrally located and easy to fit into any itinerary. Definitely worth the stop.

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Where to stay in Salem

There are a number of accommodations within walking distance of downtown, enabling you to make the most of Salem’s nightlife and dining options. Those who want a room rich with character should look to the outskirts of the city. There you can find a number of charming bed and breakfasts, several of which are in restored century-old homes. A house or apartment rental is ideal if you're on vacation for a longer period of time.
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