With so much history surrounding their witch trials, Boston is a great city to visit to immerse yourself in witch culture. Here are some of OROGOLD’s favorite witchy adventures to be had in Boston.
Explore Boston Neck
The first woman to be hanged as a witch in Boston was Margaret Jones in 1648, for the crime of being able to prepare herbal remedies to help the sick, and the location of the hanging was at the Boston Neck bridge, which became the site for several subsequent hangings. This is where OROGOLD recommends that you go if you want to tour the site of the Boston Witch Trials. While there are organized tours available, you could also opt for a self-guided tour, as there are many routes, along with historical information, available to download from the internet.
Salem Witch City Day Trip
While not technically in Boston itself, Salem is just a 40 minute drive away, and is perfect to visit for a day trip, or even a weekend. While it is possible to explore Salem on your own, you are likely to enjoy a guided witch tour much more. Many tours begin from Boston itself, picking you up in an air-conditioned coach. You will be able to explore the site of the famous Salem Witch Trials, learning more about the history of that time. Salem also has many witch-themed attractions, as well as Wiccan boutiques and over fifty different restaurants, many of them offering witchy specials. If you are in Salem but not on a guided tour, OROGOLD advises that you make sure that you do not miss out on a visit to the Salem Witch Trials Memorial on Charter Street, which was dedicated on the 300th anniversary of the Salem Witch Trials.
As you would expect, Boston and Salem have a great variety of witchy museums. The Salem Witch Museum is one of the most popular ones, presenting a dramatic look at the witch trials of 1692. For mysterious, ‘untold’ witch stories, OROGOLD suggests that you pay a visit to the Witch History Museum, while those who would like to see a chilling performance of an adaptation of a witch trial should head to the Witch Dungeon Museum. History buffs should make some time to visit the Peabody Essex Museum, as their Phillips Library is home to the original court documents of the Salem Witch Trials. If you are travelling with young children, OROGOLD recommends taking them to the Salem Wax Museum to visit the Witch Village exhibit.
It was in 1692 when Gov. William Phips stopped the witch executions, and while hundreds of years may have passed since then, Boston is a great destination to visit if you are interested in finding out more about this time. With museums, guided tours, witch trial memorials and more, this East Coast city is the one to visit for those wanting to immerse themselves in the region’s unique witch culture.