Haunted Salem

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Haunted Salem
October 20 - 22, 2017
$648 Double, $839 Single, $614 Triple, $589 Quad


We recommend optional Travel Insurance for this tour.  Please ask for a brochure.


The story of the Salem Witch Trials has become synonymous with paranoia and injustice, and it continues to beguile the popular imagination more than 300 years later. We will learn about this horrific time in our history through tours, museum stops and even a theatrical performance depicting the trials.

Haunted Salem

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$648.00

Itinerary

Haunted Salem
October 20 - 22, 2017
$648 Double, $839 Single, $614 Triple, $589 Quad

We recommend optional Travel Insurance for this tour.  Please ask for a brochure.

Salem was the capital of the Massachusetts Bay Colony from its founding in 1626–30. By the end of the 18th century Salem was a prosperous shipping center. Ships from this port brought back rare and costly cargoes from around the world. Many handsome old homes in the area are reminiscent of the seafaring days. Salem is best known for the infamous witch trials of 1692. More than 200 people were accused of practicing witchcraft, the Devil's magic, and 20 were executed. Eventually, the colony admitted the trials were a mistake and compensated the families of those convicted. Since then, the story of the trials has become synonymous with paranoia and injustice, and it continues to beguile the popular imagination more than 300 years later. We will learn about this horrific time in our history through tours, museum stops and even a theatrical performance depicting the trials.

Friday, October 20

Sit back and enjoy the scenery as we head towards our lodging for the next two nights at the Hilton in Woburn, MA. Dinner is included tonight at Gloucester House.   D           

            Please call the Perkiomen office with your dinner selection:

  • Steamed Lobster
  • ½ BBQ Chicken

 

Saturday, October 21

Following breakfast, we will have a driving tour of Salem. The name of Salem is inextricably linked to the Witchcraft Hysteria of the 1690’s, but it also has a glorious maritime history and splendid architecture. We will ride down Essex, Federal and Chestnut streets to view some of the finest examples of 18 century architecture built by ship captains who had amassed great wealth. Hear about the House of the Seven Gables where Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote his famous novel of the same name. We will then visit the Salem Witch Museum to witness the testimony of the hysterical girls, the suffering of the blameless victims and the decisions of the fanatical judges who sent innocent people to their deaths. The presentation is based on actual trial documents. Through the 13 stage sets you will enter the web of lies and intrigue of the Salem Witch Hunt, one of the most enduring true stories in American History. We will have free time for lunch on your own before a visit to the Corwin Witch House. The Witch House, home of Judge Jonathan Corwin, is the only structure still standing in Salem with direct ties to the Witchcraft Trials of 1692. Judge Corwin served on the Court of Oyer and Terminer which ultimately sent nineteen to the gallows. All nineteen refused to admit to witchcraft and maintained their innocence. Dinner is included in Salem this evening. Tonight we will visit the Legacy of the Hanging Judge at the House of the Seven Gables. In 1692 the Salem Witch Trials wrought havoc on a small New England Community. Relive these events - in their own words! This show takes place in the Nathaniel Hawthorne House, where you will be interrogated by magistrate, John Hawthorne, Hawthorne's great-great grandfather, who is infamous for his role in the condemnation and deaths of so many people. From there, encounter the tormented, the accused and their accusers in this interactive theatrical experience. Beware, you may find yourself being accused of "writing in the devil's book!" B, D

Sunday, October 22

After breakfast we will depart for Old Sturbridge Village. This living museum located in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, recreates life in rural New England during the 1790s through 1830s. It is the largest living museum in New England, covering more than 200 acres.  Our arrival back in Pennsburg will be later this evening.  B

 

Please Note: To fully participate in the tour may require extended periods of walking. There may be steps, inclines, uneven surfaces or extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.