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Salem, Massachusetts, is a bewitching place to visit

Kidsday reporter Juliana Negron in Salem, Massachusetts.

Kidsday reporter Juliana Negron in Salem, Massachusetts. Photo Credit: Negron family

Salem, Massachusetts, is a great place to visit because there is a big background to it. If you really like history, you should learn about the Salem witch trials.

The witch trials were a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in Colonial Massachusetts between February 1692 and May 1693. They resulted in the executions of 20 people, 14 of them women, and all but one by hanging.

Abigail Hobbs was about 14 to 16 years old when she was accused of witchcraft and arrested on April 18, 1692, along with three others who were also suspected. During multiple examinations by local magistrates between April and June 1692, Abigail confessed and accused others of being witches. She pleaded guilty to both indictments against her, one for “afflicting” Mercy Lewis and for making a “covenant with the devil.”

She was sentenced to execution, but the governor granted her a reprieve.

My family and I went to Salem and visited the House of the Seven Gables, made famous by Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel, and went into the attic of the 1668 house.

Then my family and I did two witch tours and one pirate tour. Later on, we looked at stores. The village was pretty and was really historic. There were a lot of people walking around. After dinner, we went on another tour at 8 p.m. It was kind of creepy but really interesting. This was a great experience. Check out Salem online at salem.org

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