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It was a spur of the moment decision, almost a compulsion. What historic
town had we not toured? Salem was beckoning to us. we'd always been
curious about the town that sold its soul in 1692 -- and has been
promoting its famous witch trials ever since. We made a beeline for the
classy Hawthorne Hotel, but missed the last room by minutes. Already the
town's spooky persona was working its magic. A hotel lobby card proudly
reminded us of the day a "Bewitched" TV episode was filmed there.
We found digs in the Salem Inn with our own working fireplace and a free
Duralog. After warming up, we immediately went witch hunting. Salem
boasts a Witch House, a Witch Wax Museum, a Witch (not wax) Museum, a
Witch Village & a Museum of Myths & Monsters. The Old Town Hall was
pitching a play about the witch trials. No exploiting the past here.
Arthur Miller The Crucible), Stephen King (Salem's Lot) and Nathaniel
Hawthorne (House of Seven Gables) have all taken their pound of flesh,
but the feeding frenzy goes on. It was everything we had hoped for.
This is a witch? The best display at the Salem Witch Museum is not the
main show. This history of witchery exhibit documents the exploitation
of early "goodwife" female healers and nurturers. Seems the Catholic
Church neglects to mention the 11 million women tortured and killed by
fearful male clerics during the Dark Ages. The display in the main
theater consists of lighted dioramas of weary mannequins and a spooky
narration. We needed a potion to stay awake, but the story is moderately
Ahh, now there's a REAL witch. The sign said no flash photography, so we
just took a shot in the dark. This is the Hollywood witch with whom we
are all so familiar. The recorded narration explains how hundreds of
years of male fear of womanly powers have created this icon of evil.
After learning how women have been exploited through the centuries, we
were ushered into a gift shop chock full of witch souvenirs.
Photos and text by J. Dennis Robinson
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