Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Commemorate Civil War history in Salem

I love a blog topic that requires a brush-off of my historical knowledge.  Salem is known for the Witch Trials of 1692, fishing in the 17th century, trade in the 18th century, architecture, museums, and, today, great dining. Salem is not, however, known for its Civil War heritage.

The Hawthorne Hotel just may change that.

Salem and Essex County were involved in the Civil War from preparation to the battlefield.  From abolitionists and activists to enlisted men and officers, Salem and the surrounding area gave a great deal to the war effort.

If you are a Civil War history buff, the Hawthorne Hotel has a package for you.  Use it as a catalyst to explore Salem and the neighboring communities of Marblehead and Beverly, and on to Boston.  Use the New England Civil War Discovery Trail to lead you on your journey, and know that there are cozy accommodations at the end of your journey through history!

The Hawthorne Hotel Civil War Package includes overnight accommodations at the historic Hawthorne Hotel, breakfast for two, passes for two to the Peabody Essex Museum, and an itinerary and map of Civil War-related sites in the Salem area.  Prices begin at $199 plus tax per night, double occupancy, and are based on availability.

This package was created by the the New England Civil War Heritage Foundation.  Call (978) 744-4080 to make your reservations!

If you are interested in more Salem and Essex County Civil War / Abolitionist connections, you may be interested in the National Park Service's pamphlet on the Underground Railroad in Essex County.

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