Michael and I had a busy weekend as we tried to see two very historic towns near Boston, Salem, and Plymouth. I must say that Salem has been on my must-see list for quite some time, and I'm happy I finally got to go there. Sadly, there were no witches on broomsticks, but I could see it being the best city to visit during Halloween!
Salem was the first town we were able to visit despite the downpour of rain. I don't know what is with the Boston area, but it hasn't stopped raining since we got here. Several people warned us it would be hot and humid, well, it's humid, but not too hot! Although, I think Michael and I much prefer walking around in the rain than the searing heat, so we aren't complaining too much.
Anyways, we had a lovely time in Salem and were able to see several historical spots. The first place we stopped was The House of the Seven Gables. What a blast! They have several houses on the property that were moved there including Nathaniel Hawthorne's house. We learned quite a lot, like how The House of Gables was the house that inspired Hawthorne with one of his stories. As a fellow author, I can completely understand how that house inspired him!
While we were there, they had someone who was showing how to make objects out of horn. The horn he was using was from cattle, and it was interesting to hear how they heat the horn to bend it and how people used horn before plastic came into existence. We also learned why a shoehorn was called a shoehorn because it was made of horn and went in shoes! There were a couple of others that we learned, but I can't remember them off the top of my head.
I would allow an hour to two to take in everything there was there at The House of Seven Gables. It was a good thing Michael was there with me, because I wanted to buy everything in their gift shop, so be careful!
After that, we decided we really needed some lunch, so we stopped at Sea Level Oyster Bar. Very good! Their clam chowder was so silky and delicious and filled to the brim with all sorts of yummy goodies. Definitely, an excellent spot to get a cheaper lunch if you don't need to eat a lot. Be warned that their nachos are huge!
Once we were filled up, we moved on to go and see the Salem Witch Trials Memorial. It was sad to learn the facts of their deaths and how senseless it was, but it was also good to hear that after their deaths that the people in Salem were turned off of witch trials. While we were visiting the memorial, we noticed that people 10x removed, or direct descendants were still leaving flowers and notes for the Salem Witch Trial victims. It was just nice to see that they hadn't been forgotten by people who could trace their roots back to them. It added a little joy to such a sad place.
After we paid our respects, we headed over to The Witch House, where one of the judges who convicted the victims of the Salem Witch Trial lived. Unfortunately, we were too late, and they had closed. We hadn't expected them to be closed at 5 pm! So, if we have time, we might try to get back to Salem to go through The Witch House so we can learn even more about the Salem Witch Trials.
Then on Sunday, we drove over to Plymouth, MA and went to see the spot where the pilgrims had landed in 1620.
Our first stop in Plymouth was the Plimoth Plantation (Fun Fact: the reason for the spelling differences was because of how they spelled words in the past and the plantation wanted to make sure there was a difference between the town and themselves). We really enjoyed exploring what the Plymouth Colony would've looked like back in 1620. It was fun to explore what their houses would've looked like. It was also fun to learn about the Native American village that would've been nearby to the colonists in 1620.
After we explored all that Plimoth Plantation had to offer, we drove into Plymouth and parked the car. The town is small enough to walk around to all the spots, although if you needed to drive, you could do that as well.
We stopped by the 1749 Court House and Museum. It's a small museum, but there is no admission fee, so step right in. Just make sure you sign their guestbook because they get funding depending on how many people visit. They don't ask for your email or phone number, just your name and where you come from. It was an excellent museum with a lot of interesting things, like an old fire truck that was pulled by men rather than an engine.
When we grew hungry for lunch, we stopped by KKatie's Burger Bar and enjoyed some sweet potato fries that were dusted in cinnamon and chipotle powder. Michael and I couldn't taste the chipotle powder, but we really enjoyed the fries. The other thing we tried was something they claimed was invented in this area, and that was the Quahog, which was clam bits, breadcrumbs, and herbs mixed together and put backed in the clamshell. It was delicious and filling!
We enjoyed walking around the town. There are so many areas that are just picture perfect. The one place we wanted to get to was the Craft Beer Cellar, but we forgot. Too bad! It looked like it might be a lot of fun to take a look at the craft beer from the area.
We made a stop by the Plymouth Rock. It was fun to see and hear about.
Something that we found fun were the lobster statues placed all over Plymouth. Each one has been done up by a different artist. If you remember the cows, it was like that, where artists decorated a cow, and they were placed all over the Denver (maybe a couple of other cities). Michael had no idea what I was talking about, so hopefully, someone else will know what I'm speaking of!
And that was what we did. We can't wait for the next weekend so we can explore some more!