Salem Witch Trials Memorial

Salem Witch Trials Memorial

Salem Witch Trials Memorial
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Each of this park's 20 stone benches represents a person executed in the infamous 1692 witch trials.
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  • Lore
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go for the moment
    Beautiful memorial. If you get to Salem early (before 10am when most stuff opens), I recommend to sit by the memorial site. almost daily you'll see people come by and leave gifts for each person lost to the Salem Witch Trials. It was beautiful :)
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 16, 2023
  • Nutsforvacation
    Marriottsville, Maryland32 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Moving Memorial
    There are 20 stone “benches” to memorialize the 20 people who were wrongly accused of witchcraft and thus executed. I don’t think the benches are meant for sitting. Each one is carved with the person’s name and the date of and method of execution. It was a very busy Wednesday afternoon in July, but people respectfully passed by each marker.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 30, 2023
  • David D
    35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the time to remember!
    A very somber and reflecting walk through the memorial. It is 20 stone benches along a stone wall, with each witch trial victim’s name carved into the stone. Many leave flowers and coins in remembrance. There is also a visitor center, with interesting information and a small gift store. Well worth the time.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 4, 2023
  • Eileen T
    Virginia14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice well kept memorial
    Nice well kept memorial. You can take 5 minutes here or 30 depending on your interest. It’s just memorial stones with who was hung with the name and date of death, but definitely is a must see during a Salem trip.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 8, 2023
  • Danika10
    Brownsburg-Chatham, Canada108 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Witch trial memorial
    I came to Salem with my family and my mother. My mom and I felt this feeling of sorrow when we visited the memorial. We almost cried. We’re not tied in any way to any of the victims but we could feel it. The memorial is beautiful. I wish I had brought a flower for each of them.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 9, 2023
  • juliebfromindy
    Indianapolis, Indiana2,224 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful memorial
    This is a beautiful memorial to the people who were killer during the Salem witch trials. I loved how each name is on a bench and how the memorials are left on the bench ranging from pennies to flowers. I love the proximity to the graveyard. It is a must see. Free to enjoy and easily accessible.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 13, 2023
  • stephen k
    Massachusetts2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great memorial
    I reccomend to take a guided tour so you won't miss the significant factors associated with the memorial. It has lots of significance. The entire place is very symbolic and a beautiful memorial to the innocent lives that were treated so tragically during this time in history. The museum gives you a lot of facts and stories behind the cemetery and who people are.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written March 23, 2024
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Tarian
Winchester, VA13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Couples
The memorial is beautiful at night but it is worth seeing regardless of the time of day. A true perspective of the number of victims. We went of the "Bewitched After Dark Walking Tours" with Jeff. He provided a great amount of detail for each victim.
Written September 26, 2021
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thattexascouple
Fort Worth, TX69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
When visiting, please take a guided tour or purchase a guidebook that points out all of the significant factors associated with the architecture of the memorial. It has so much more significance than just brick wall. The entire memorial is very symbolic and a beautiful memorial to the innocent lives that were treated so tragically during this time in history.
Written September 13, 2021
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hrobinson1114
Nashville, TN2,788 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Solo
This is next to a cemetery and a visitors center. It’s right out the back door of the Peabody Essex museum (reviewed separately and highly recommended). Near several kitschy witch themed attractions.

This is easy enough to stop by while you’re strolling through town, but it shouldn’t be an intentional stop on your itinerary. Not much to this, unless you’re you’re genuinely wanting to pay respects.
Written February 6, 2022
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Taylor W
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
This is one of the first things we did when we came to Salem. I recommend buying tickets at the Wax museum first and walking though there before visiting. The museum gives you a lot of facts and stories behind the cemetery and who people are. One guy was pressed to death, in the museum they have a wax body that looked like him in real life. It’s nice to put a face to the name.
Written October 18, 2021
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RedheadedWanderer
Brooklyn, NY168 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Salem has embraced its reputation as "Witch City" but behind the more commercial elements of the modern town is the somber historical event that resulted in 20 people executed. This centrally located and tasteful memorial allows one to pay respects to those lives lost and to consider the meaning of tolerance. This memorial was dedicated in 1992 (with Elie Wiesel there to speak at the event) to mark 200 years since the Salem Witch Trials.
Sitting next to the old cemetery, the memorial space feels quiet and tucked away, allowing for reflection. Each of the 20 women and men honored here have their names inscribed on stone benches protruding from the short encircling wall, with trees in the center of the space. When we visited, every single name had flowers or other tributes laid beside them. Words taken from the court transcripts are etched in stone as well.
Written June 2, 2021
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Chachar70
Boston, MA50 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Its a powerful memorial to the prosecution that these women and men faced that was all completely contrived to punish enemies. The memorial is lovely. The memorial itself is nice. I would have loved a little more information through out on signs etc. Just saw the one at the beginning. I would have liked to have known more about each of the 19 people memorialized- just had their names.

My only comment was that the docent or volunteer was really rude. I had a few kids with us. They sat on the wall at the end of the cemetery. I know they shouldn't have done that- but they were 10 and 9 and honestly had never been to a cemetery before. I was happy they stayed in one place and were sitting there peacefully while the grownups looked around . There were two volunteers there and were very snippy, unwelcoming, unfriendly. Were just there to correct everyone and not to welcome or answer questions. Over and over we saw them scolding people for minor things. Maybe they should just keep it closed to the public as they were both super angry at everyone.

The man yelled to the kids across 50 people "This aint Disneyland, have some friggin respect and get off the wall" It kind of caused a scene as like 50 people turned and looked and the kids were horrified and almost started crying. They had no idea. There were no signs not to sit on the wall or anything. Not trying to excuse their behavior, but the volunteers could have walked over and privately asked them to please get off the wall instead of screaming at them in front of 50 people. Totally unnecessary. In general in Salem- got a very unfriendly, annoyed vibe everywhere we went. We came to learn about the history and have a nice day out. volunteer behavior was over the top.
Written August 9, 2022
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Louise M
Castle Rock, CO3,604 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
We did this on our own and had no regrets. The memorial is a beautiful tribute to the people who were so unfairly persecuted and executed and it serves as a lesson for us today as well. We saw notes on some of the stones from descendants that were quite emotional. This is a must-do, and quite a departure from the shops that are capitalizing on the witch hype.
Written September 20, 2021
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Nutsforvacation
Marriottsville, MD32 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
There are 20 stone “benches” to memorialize the 20 people who were wrongly accused of witchcraft and thus executed. I don’t think the benches are meant for sitting. Each one is carved with the person’s name and the date of and method of execution.
It was a very busy Wednesday afternoon in July, but people respectfully passed by each marker.
Written July 30, 2023
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Pauline W
Barnard Castle, UK84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Each large stone has been engraved with an innocent person accused and killed for being a witch. Along side their name is how they were put to death. People often leave flowers on each stone to commemorate their passing and as an apology
Written September 18, 2022
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kikelly22
Saint Paul, MN90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
This place was really done well. Although it made us a bit sad to see how these people were all killed. Unjustly as well. However that’s history. The flowers laid there were a nice touch and even notes from some of their ancestors. Good stop for sure.
Written October 28, 2022
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