This morning a fantastic travel piece about Salem from a 1982 issue of Good Housekeeping Magazine came into our world at Destination Salem. It tells us a lot about what has changed, and what has not in our bewitching seaport.
Here are a few things that have not changed...
- In the early 1980s, Salem was inviting visitors to "Stop by for a spell!" Today we are still making history!
- "Salem remembers [the Witch Trials of 1692] part of its past not with pride, however, but as a warning of what can happen when rational reasoning gets drowned in a flood of emotionalism."
- We are still a "city to walk in - ideal for visitors - with attractions of interest for every age group."
- And we still boast "fine residences to house [sea captains'] curious from distant lands. These historic gems, many designed and built by Samuel McIntire, are a proud testimonial to the past."
- We remember the Trials with the Witch Trial Memorial
- The Peabody Museum and the Essex Institute merged into the Peabody Essex Museum, and then expanded into the PEM of today.
- Shops and restaurants are not restricted to Pickering Wharf! There are more than 150 businesses throughout the downtown, including Pickering Wharf.
- The Voyage of the India Star is gone, but we now have Where Past is Present, the free film shown daily at the Salem Regional Visitor Center.
- The Hawthorne Inn is now the full-service Hawthorne Hotel, and rates are slightly more than $30 - $40 per night! (And worth it!) Visitors today have a variety of accommodations to choose from, which can be found on Salem.org.