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. 

18th and early 19th century buildings in Salem MA

One of the many unmarked historic houses of historic Salem MA
The city of Salem MA is a treasure for those of us interesting in early American history. Here you find a large number of houses dating back as far as foundation of what was to be the United States of America. Here are a few houses in Salem from the era before and after the Revolution in 1776. 
Jonathan Archer House is over 300 years old
Jonathan Archer House (1710)

The gray wooden building in 8 Hawthorne Boulevard is over 300 years old and was built by cordwainer Jonathan Archer in 1710. 
A cordwainer was a shoemaker or cobbler making finer footwear of leather. The name is derived from the word Cordovan - the fine leather once produced in the great city of Cordoba, in Spain. 
The Jonathan Archer House is a large building. This photo only shows a small part of the back side of the house with the elegant door. 
The Crowninshield-Bentley House is now owned by Essex Peabody Museum
This magnificent Georgian-style house was built for a captain John Crowninshield in 1727. It has been moved to its present location in 126 Essex Street.
It has been extended twice in the 18th century and was the home of the Crowninshield family until 1832, and was also the home of the noted scholar William Bentley until his death in 1819. 
Derby House (1762)
The Derby House was a gift to another member of the Crowninshield family.
The beautiful red-brick Derby House is an exquisite example of American Georgian Architecture. It   was built in 1762 as a marriage present by Elias Hasket Derby to his wife Elisabeth Crowninshield in 1762.

They lived in the house through the American Revolution and made a fortune on the trade of goods from East India. He is said to have been the first millionaire of the United States.
In 1796 they sold the house to captain Henry Prince.  
Gardner Pingree House (1804)
The Gardner Pingree House was one of the filming locations for the 1979 Merchant Ivory film adaptation of Henry James' novel The Europeans
This is one of several houses in Salem designed by the famous architect Samuel McIntire. It was built in Federal style for Samuel West Gardner, but was sold on in 1814 to cover losses to Gardner caused events leading up to the War of 1812. 
Hamilton Hall (1805) 
The magnificent Hamilton Hall
The magnificent Hamilton Hall mansion is located in 9 Chestnut Street. It was not built as a private house but as assembling hall for the Salem federalists.

Hamilton Hall was also designed by the famous Samuel McIntire and it was named after Alexander Hamilton one of the founding Fathers, soldier, economist, political philosopher, and one of America's first constitutional lawyers and the first United States Secretary of the Treasury.
Gideon Tucker House (1808)
Gideon Tucker House
The Gideon Tucker House is a third house I saw designed by Samuel McIntire. It was built for Gideon Tucker in 1808 or 1809, a man that worked as a clerk, but ended up as a wealthy businessman. The house is less ornate than the other houses of McIntire, and was significantly altered in 1910. 

To find these houses and other historic landmarks in Salem - see this map of the city 

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

WizzAir: Three new direct flights from Norway

Photo: Arpingstone 
Hungarian WizzAir will launch three new direct flights from Norway coming season - from Sandefjord/Torp. Trondheim and Ålesund. 
Cathedral of Saint Sava. Photo: Markov, Igor
Torp/Sandefjord - Belgrade, Serbia from May 31st 2013
WizzAir next destination from Torp/Sandefjord Airport is non-stop flights to Belgrade from May 2013.

The capital city of Serbia has been on the list of possible new destinations for the Hungarian budget carrier since 2011.

WizzAir will fly to Belgrade twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays, starting at the end of May coming year.

Belgrade will the 10th destination from Sandefjord/Torp airport when flights starts, making the airport the busiest for WizzAir in Norway. 
Vilnius University by tomas malinauskas
Trondheim - Vilnius, Lithuania from April 2013
WizzAir will fly from Værnes Airport, Trondheim from April next year. Travelers will then get direct flights to all three Baltic capitals.

Norwegian Air Shuttle already fly from Trondheim to Riga in Latvia, and Estonian Air offer direct flights to the Estonian capital Tallinn.

All Baltic states have become increasingly popular among Norwegian travelers lately. They offer cheap accommodation, food and shopping and a large number of interesting historic sights.   
Photo: Gdansk city Hall by Marcin Białek
Flights Ålesund - Gdansk will start April 2013 
WizzAir will start two non-stop flights from Ålesund to Gdansk, Poland from April 2013. 
Gdansk is an old Hansa city located on the northern coast of Poland.

WizzAir operates direct flights to Gdansk from Haugesund, Trondheim, and Sandefjord/Torp. 
The main target group for the Hungarian budget air carrier is the large number of Polish immigrants working in shipyards and furniture industry in the region of Sunnmøre.