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New England Pirate Museum

Posted in New England Museums, Pirates of the 17th&18th century, Salem MA on July 6, 2020 by tommcge

Welcome to the Gold Coast

Take the 30 minute tour into the history of New England pirates

At the New England Pirate Museum learn about the men (and woman) who spent their time on the New England coast during the 17th and 18 century. Men like Blackbeard, Bellamy, Kidd, etc. roamed the region as the community of Salem (MA) were engulfed in their famed hysteria.

Sea bandits were sighted throughout the New England coast starting in the 1540s until the 1720. Stephen O’Neill, Professor of piracy at Suffolk University asserts 20% of the pirates “at the turn of the 18th century were from New England.

As they hanged in Salem, Pirates roamed the New England coast

Captain Kidd is rumored to have assailed many harborage within the provinces of Connecticut to Main. Blackbeard’s treasure is implied to have been hidden away at various parishes throughout New England. Pirate, Sam Bellamy constructed a huge fortification on the Machias River. (Did the fearfulness  of these swashbucklers lead in part to the witchcraft hysteria?)

New England Pirates: separate fact from fiction

At the New England Pirate Museum  (274 Derby Street, Salem MA) separate the fictional, romanic pirate from the terrorizing, cutthroat, bloodthirsty sea robbers. Board a replica pirate ship, stroll a colonial seaport as you make your way through an 80ft cave where you might discover some buried treasure. (And we do not forget the ladies. Yes, there were woman pirates too! You will discover some hair raising truths about these sweethearts of the sea.)

So, we at this unique and most fascinating museum invites you to come aboard. Witness those men and woman who terrorized the New England coast while witches hanged.

Now through October 31, 2020  Salem residents can enjoy this famed museum for free. Just present the stub below at the box office and welcome!

Salem Historical Society

Posted in Maritime history, Nathaniel Hawthorn, Salem MA, Witch Hysteria (1692) on June 30, 2020 by tommcge

Dear Fellow Historians:

Maritime history, a Literary past and of course Witchcraft!

Salem, MA has a wealth of history! We all are conscious of what transpired within this tiny community in 1692. But, this town has so much more at its disposal than witches. An influential maritime seaport, Salem challenged  its neighbor Boston as a shipping harbor. Gentlemen such as Richard Crowninshield Sr, Joseph White, Elias Hasket Derby, etc made their great wealth from this trade.

Then, arrived that fearful year of 1692! Salem’s neighbors lost control and thus commenced the worse witch hysteria ever witness in this country. 19 were put to death, countless imprisoned (including a 4-year-old) and two dogs. Persecution and intolerance were the order of the day; if you did not conform you were accused.  The community defaulted its standing as a leading maritime harbor to the city of Boston.

Coming January 2021…

The Salem Historical Society is producing an on-line journal on the history of Salem. It will present a researched chronicle on the history of the town. This is a huge undertaking of the Society and will provide a detailed exposition from the founding to the present day. We are asking for a  donation of: $25  $50  $100  _other and become a chapter in the written history of Salem!

Salem Historical Society: where history comes alive.

The Salem Historical Society is a non-profit 501c3 organization dedicated to bringing the historical community of Salem (MA) to researchers, scholars and the general public.  It provides the city and other historical establishments with a centralized hub of documents, records, and personal accounts related to the history of Salem. The non-profit is made up of volunteers, residents and community leaders.

Finale Note:

Nathaniel Hawthorn needed to remove himself from the Salem community but the city nevertheless deems him their favorite son. Hawthorn’s great uncle had been an influential member of the Court of Oyes and Terminator, the tribunal which oversaw the witchcraft affair. In fact, The Scarlet Letter was poeticized as an apology to the Salem fellowship for John Hathorne’s involvement. Hawthorne, of course became a literary strongman with his authored novels being read widely.

Sales Letter: The Witch House, Salem MA

Posted in Salem MA, The Witch House, Salem on June 28, 2020 by tommcge

Dear Salem Residents:

“If you ever feel overwhelmed with the worries, struggles and anxieties of today’s way of life, simply refer back to the olden times of Salem. You’ll most likely change your tune really quickly”–from the Salem Ghosts website

The Witch House, the home of Salem’s judge Jonathan Corwin is the oldest building still standing with a direct connection to said witch hysteria. Corwin and his wife moved into the house at 3101/2 Essex Street in 1675. Little were they aware of the storm that was about to befall the Salem community.

Jonathan Corwin would be remembered as the chief magistrate who would sentence and imprison countless innocents. In 1692, during the famed Salem witch hysteria, people were persecuted for not conforming to the Puritans way of life. The Witch House reminds us today of a time in our history where intolerance and persecution ruled. (The poppet which led to Bridget Bishop arrest is on display at The Witch House.)

The tales behind the fiction are stranger than we know

Discover the truth behind the stories when you visit us at The Witch House. So, when you are in the vicinity stop by and call at the Jonathan Corwin house. He wants to show you just how life was like in 1692. He would like you understand how and why the witch hysteria happened.

If The Witch House could only talk. What would it say? How would it describe what happened to this community in 1692? Come to Salem and stop by for a tour of the only structure with a direct linkage to the hysteria.

–Only for a short time we will waive the entrance fee to this historic house. From July 13–October 20 admittance will be free to residents of the Salem community.