America's Historic Towns and Oldest Places
Salem (estimated population of 43,560) is a city on the north coast of Massachusetts above Boston. Salem is home to America's First National historic site, Salem Maritime. It's famous for its 1692 witch trials, during which several locals were executed for allegedly practicing witchcraft. Landmarks from this episode include the Witch House, the former home of a trial judge. Founded by Roger Conant and a group of immigrants from Cape Ann. The settlement was first titled Naumkeag, but the settlers preferred to call it Salem, derived from the Hebrew word for peace. The Peabody Essex Museum has a massive collection of global art and artifacts, including a rebuilt Qing-era Chinese house. Salem is often listed as a top spot for Halloween season getaways. Salem is one of Massachusetts’ best destinations for families, couples, domestic and international travelers who are seeking an authentic New England experience, cultural enrichment, American history, fine dining, unique shopping and fun. The classic Halloween hit Hocus Pocus was filmed at numerous locations here in Salem.