4 Places You Must See If You’re Visiting Salem, Massachusetts This Fall

St peter's episcopal church, Salem, Massachusetts.
St peter's episcopal church, Salem, Massachusetts. Photo by Pascal Bernardon on Unsplash

Halloween is around the corner and Salem, Massachusetts is at the top of our spooky destination list. Generally, New England is an excellent region to visit in the fall. Here are a few of the Salem experiences you shouldn’t miss this October.

Salem Maritime National Historic Site

The sea has been a part of Salem’s identity for centuries. Salem Maritime Historic Site is a nine-acre national park celebrating this long and fascinating history. Its located along the city’s waterfront and there are walking tours offered by National Park Rangers at the Visitor Center, which is located on New Liberty Street.

The Witch House

The so-called Witch House, on the corner of Essex and North Streets, used to be the home of the Corwin Family, whose patriarch Jonathan Corwin served as one of the judges during the witchcraft trials of 1692 and 1693. The house is still furnished as it was when the Corwins lived there. The visit is self-guided.

The McIntire District

This district is known for its concentration of 18th and 19th-century homes, many of which were built by Salem-born woodcarver and architect Samuel McIntire. Overall, the McIntire District includes examples of building styles from 1640 to 1940, making it a great spot for those interested in architecture.

Charter Street Cemetery

This is Salem’s oldest cemetery, dating from 1637. Although its surrounded by modern buildings, the cemetery’s oldest parts are a jarring reminder of the long history of the place.