Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Memorial plaques of historic Salem 1629-1808

It is fascinating to walk through a historic city like Salem MA. It reminds me, in many ways of Arendal, my home town. Arendal is mentioned the first time in 1528 and got city status in 1723. Its houses were, primarily, built in wood and the oldest house goes back to the early 17th century. As Salem, it was the home of wealthy merchants and seacaptains. Here are snapshots of some of the many plaques marking historic sites of Salem MA.
This plaque marks the space occupied by the first meeting house of Salem, built just a decade after the Mayflower set sail for the new colonies in 1620 
Sadly the First Church of Salem survived nearly three centuries but was not saved for future generations 
The Witch House from 1642 encapsulates the atmosphere of the infamous witch trials that made Salem famous.  
Pickering House  is believed to be the oldest house in the United States continuously occupied by one family. 
There is still a tavern in the London Coffee House 
Gardner-Pingree House is a stately home designed by Samuel McIntire
The Hamilton Hall was built for the Federalist movement and named in honour of one of the famous men of the era  
The Gideon Tucker House was altered in 1910 and was home to many of the polish immigrants of the city  in early last century. 

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