|Significance||Salem Witch Trials of 1692|
Witches' Convention of 1970
|Episodes||To Go or Not to Go, That Is the Question (mentioned)|
Salem, Here We Come (mentioned)
The Salem Saga
Samantha's Hot Bedwarmer
Darrin on a Pedestal
Paul Revere Rides Again
Samantha's Bad Day in Salem
Samantha's Old Salem Trip
We're in for a Bad Spell (mentioned)
Salem is a city in the American state of Massachusetts. It was the site of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 and it is the site of the twentieth century Witches' Convention held in 1970.
Samantha and Endora attend the Witches' Convention here in 1970, a meeting which is held every one-hundred years. Samantha and Darrin turn it into a vacation, but their children, Tabitha and Adam, stay at home with their nanny Esmeralda. Although it is a vacation, that does not stop Larry Tate from trying to get Darrin to meet with clients.
Adam Newlarkin, Darrin's old army friend, hails from Salem. He and his family have lived there for centuries. One of Adam's ancestors was a judge in the Salem Witch Trials. A curse was placed upon the judge and all of his descendants for his persecution of witches. Darrin, Samantha and Aunt Clara help him remove the curse so he will not be branded a common thief.
Salem, seat of Essex County, is located on the northeast coast of Massachusetts at the mouth of the Naumkeag River. It is best remembered for the witchcraft hysteria that gripped the area in the closing years of the seventeenth century.
Salem was founded in 1626 by Roger Conant and a group of immigrants from Cape Ann. At first the settlement was named Naumkeag, but the settlers preferred to call it Salem, derived from the Hebrew word for peace. In 1628, they were joined by another group, led by John Endecott, from the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
The events for which Salem is best remembered began in 1692. A local physician diagnosed several teenage girls as bewitched, which resulted in the hanging of nineteen persons and one being crushed to death. When the hysteria had played itself out the following year, an edict was issued that released all people from prison who had been accused of witchcraft. Since then, no one has been hanged for witchcraft in the United States. The history of that period can be explored at the Salem Witch Museum. Numerous original papers from the trials are kept at the Peabody Essex Museum.
Nathaniel Hawthorne was born on July 4, 1804, at the peak of Salem's sailing prosperity. A house believed to have inspired him to write "The House of the Seven Gables" is maintained and open to the public, along with Hawthorne's nearby birthplace.
- The Salem Saga
- Samantha's Hot Bedwarmer
- Darrin on a Pedestal
- Paul Revere Rides Again
- Samantha's Bad Day in Salem
- Samantha's Old Salem Trip
- We're in for a Bad Spell (mentioned)
- To Go or Not to Go, That Is the Question (mentioned)
- Salem, Here We Come (mentioned)
- "History of Salem, Massachusetts", United States History.com. Retrieved on June 18, 2020.