It's that time of year when we need a change of scenery.  Just a quick day trip is enough to give us a respite from seeing the same piles of snow at the end of the driveway. Salem, Massachusetts has plenty to do for a day or weekend.It has been years since I had spent any time in Salem. Going to the House of Seven Gables as a kid still sticks in my mind as a really cool adventure. My husband had never been there, so we decided to take a road trip to Salem.

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Salem is a little city that embraces it's witchcraft trial history with psychic readings, witch museums and a memorial to those executed during the trials.  I recently found that I am descended from one of those hung during the trials, Samuel Wardwell. So, I made a special stop at his memorial.

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Salem is a town rich in shipping and colonial history. If you love maritime history, a stop at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site is a must.  The kids will love it too.  There are stops along the wharf out to the lighthouse for them to play and learn.

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With it's secret staircase, the House of Seven Gables is on the list of places to visit. Salem born author Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote a novel based on the family home.

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Ancient cemeteries, the Peabody Essex Museum and colonial sites will easily keep you busy for an interesting day trip or weekend.

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