Just north of Boston is Salem, where you can visit the Salem Witch Museum, which tells of the extraordinary events of 1692. In January of that year, the daughter and niece of the Reverend Samuel Parris of Salem Village became ill. When they failed to improve, the village doctor, William Griggs, was called in. His diagnosis of bewitchment put into motion the forces that would ultimately result in the death by hanging of nineteen men and women. In addition, one man was crushed to death; seven others died in prison, and the lives of many were irrevocably changed.
There existed a strong belief in the devil and factions among Salem
Village fanatics and rivalry with nearby Salem Town, a recent small pox
epidemic and the threat of attack by warring tribes created a fertile
ground for fear and suspicion. Soon prisons were filled with more than
150 men and women from towns surrounding Salem. Their names had been
"cried out" by tormented young girls as the cause of their pain. All
would await trial for a crime punishable by death in 17th-century New
England, the practice of witchcraft.
The museum recounts the turn of events in gripping detail and is well worth a visit.
Where you stay is the heart of your holiday. Location reigns supreme but do you prefer resort facilities or unique and boutique? Historic and old world or modern and shiny?
We aim to present choices across the spectrum but there are many hundreds of places to stay
and not room to feature them all. Do speak to your Bon Voyage travel consultant and click the
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We would rate the Bellagio as one of the best hotels we have ever stayed in.
Fabulous, glitzy, exciting. We loved having breakfast at the poolside
café... one of our best experiences ever. If it hadn't been for you we
wouldn't have had the suite or cabana and we loved them. We both agreed
that the hotel was the best for us and you had suggested that so well done!
Leonore & Mike Rumford
Perfect combination of quaint inn with boutique hotel features. Rooms are situated in one of three historic houses and include family accommodation and adult only.