Salem, not quite as spooky as I thought, but still rad.
I’ve wanted to visit Salem, Massachusetts for some time now. Probably ever since I was forced to read The Crucible in school. I was unable to make that trip the first time I visited the state, but this time I made a point to add it to the itinerary.
I must say, the place isn’t quite as spooky as I would have imagined. Being pretty sensitive to supernatural or ghostly things, I thought I’d feel something. At the very least, just an eerie sensation, but nothing. Upshot, there was some intriguing witch history to learn. Filled with 17th century household items and tidbits of witch history/facts, The Witch House was probably the most interesting spot. I even had a unicorn sighting in their Cunning Folk exhibit.
The highlight of the trip was what I found outside the museums and normal touristy joints. What might be the coolest store I’ve ever been in was located right across the street from The Witch House. Five Hands Curiosities and Antiques was a chock full of all the dark, obscure and old I was seeking in a trip to Salem. Had I the money, a good deal of their merchandise would be in my house right now. Skulls galore, anatomical diagrams, vintage medical equipment…absolutely fabulous stuff! My favorite piece had to be the mummified cat tucked in a nice glass box. Morbid as hell, but so cool. How I’d love to have that thing.