We visited Salem last weekend and had a great trip - we booked most of our evening activities before we went and left our days free for the unscheduled stuff.
On Wednesday we drove from Canada - 12 hours, so no activities that day.
Thursday we took the 8:11am train from North Beverly to Salem and started following the red line. We took some photos at the Samantha statue and the Witch House while we were waiting for everything to open. Witch Tee's in the mall was open early so we stocked up on souvenir t-shirts. At 10am we took the red trolley for the full hour tour and then used it to get on around town the rest of the day. The tour guide was very enthusiastic and knew lots of stories - he'd previously worked at both House of the Seven Gables and the Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tours so he also filled us in on the stories from those tours. We had a couple of different tour guides on the trolley throughout the day and all were very pleasant. After the first time we didn't even have to show our tickets to get back on the trolley as they seemed to recognize us - must have been the cloaks we were wearing, although we weren't the only ones dressed up by far ;-)
Thursday evening we went to a seance at Angel's Landing. It was one we'd booked by phone and they take groups of up to eight people - $35 per person or $40 if paying by credit card. There were 5 of us attending along with the medium who was holding the seance and another medium who seemed to be attending to gain experience. The private room was very comfortable and softly lit. Since the store was called Angel's Landing we were a bit sceptical about what to expect - we thought we'd be getting a lot of new agey stuff and angels, but we were pleasantly surprised. The medium was very down to earth and told us what she was getting without alot of mystical trappings. There wasn't really anyone I was looking to contact so I can't speak for accuracy - we just wanted to attend to see what a seance was like. The other group of 3 ladies who were also attending seemed sceptical of some things they were told at the time but we ran into them a couple of days later at a store and they'd checked with family members and found out that a lot of the stuff the medium had told them was true but they weren't aware of it at the time of the seance.
We also attended another seance on Friday night - we had high hopes for this one based on the advertising but were disappointed. It was the Spirits of Salem seance put on by Salem Historical Tours - it included the Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tour followed by a seance at their office with the medium from Angelica of the Angels. Unfortunately this seance was new agey and filled with archangels, etc. which really aren't our thing. There were also 20 people there including children and a couple of very sceptical people. We didn't enjoy this one as it was raining during the ghost tour and our feet were sore and the seance had too many people and so tended to drag on too long. Of the two, we definitely liked the one at Angel's Landing better. Both stores are owned by the same person but the different mediums and crowd size made a world of difference.
Prior to the seance on Friday morning we went in to Danvers by car to visit the Rebecca Nurse Homestead and the witch trials memorial in Danvers. Both were much more low key but we're glad we made the trip.
Continued in next post . . . .