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Salem, Massachusetts Neighborhood Guide

Salem is a city in Essex County, Massachusetts, in the United States. The population was 41,340 at the 2010 census. Salem and Lawrence were the county seats of Essex County prior to the abolishment of county government in 1999.

Home to Salem State University, the Salem Willows Park and the Peabody Essex Museum. Salem is a residential and tourist area which includes the neighborhoods of Salem Neck, The Point, South Salem and North Salem, Witchcraft Heights, Pickering Wharf, and the McIntire Historic District(named after Salem's famous architect and carver, Samuel McIntire). Salem was one of the most significant seaports in early America.

Featured notably in Arthur Miller's The Crucible, much of the city's cultural identity is reflective of its role as the location of the Salem witch trials of 1692: Police cars are adorned with witch logos, a local public school is known as the Witchcraft Heights Elementary School, the Salem High School athletic teams are named the Witches; and Gallows Hill, a site of numerous public hangings, is currently used as a playing field for various sports. Tourists know Salem as a mix of important historical sites, New Age and Wiccan boutiques, kitschy Halloween, witch-themed attractions and a vibrant downtown that has more than 60 restaurants, cafes and coffee shops. In 2012, the Retailers Association of Massachusetts chose Salem as the recipient of their inaugural "Best Shopping District" award.

President Barack Obama on January 10, 2013 signed executive order HR1339 designating Salem as the birthplace of the U.S. National Guard

Peabody Essex Museum

The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, may be considered one of the oldest continuously operating museums in the United States. It is a successor to the East India Marine Society, established in 1799. It combines the collections of the former Peabody Museum of Salem (which acquired the Society's collection) and the Essex Institute. The museum holds one of the major collections of Asian art in the US. Its total holdings include about 1.3 million pieces, as well as twenty-two historic buildings. The Peabody Essex ranks among the top 20 art museums in the U.S. by measures including gallery space and endowment. Once the Advancement Campaign is complete and the newly expanded museum opens in 2019, PEM will rank in the top 10 North American art museums in terms of gallery square footage, operating budget and endowment. The P.E.M has more than 840,000 works of art and culture featuring maritime art and history; American art; Asian, Oceanic, and African art; Asian export art; two large libraries with over 400,000 books, manuscripts.
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Salem Willows

Salem Willows is an oceanfront neighborhood and amusement park in Salem, Massachusetts. It is named for the European white willow trees planted there in 1801 to form a shaded walk for patients convalescing at a nearby smallpox hospital.

The area became a public park in 1858, and in the twentieth century became a summer destination for residents of Boston's North Shore, many of whom escaped the heat of the city on newly popular streetcars. Many establishments on Restaurant Row, the park's north side, served fresh seafood, while a carousel with carved flying horses was another special attraction at an amusement park that survives to this day. Although the last of the original restaurants closed in the 1960s, there are still numerous take-out stands to choose from.

It has several arcades, one containing a few rides. There are two small beaches located on the Willows which is a common place for tourist to go and see the surrounding cities and towns. The beaches are also a common place to watch the 4th of July fireworks since you can see three sets of fireworks; Salem, Beverly, and Marblehead. The willows also has a famous popcorn stand, Hobbs which known around the North Shore as one of the best places to get popcorn or and ice cream.
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Salem State University

Salem State University is a four-year public University located in Salem, Massachusetts. Salem State University, established in 1854 as Salem Normal School, is located approximately fifteen miles north of Boston, Massachusetts. Salem State enrolls over 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students from 27 states and 57 foreign countries. From 1968 to 2010 the institution was named Salem State College. As of 2010, Salem State enrolled 5,894 undergraduate and 343 graduate, full-time students. The university offers Bachelor and Masters Degrees in the Arts and Sciences, Masters of Business Administration, and Post Masters Certificates in more than 40 academic disciplines. In addition, the university also offers Continuing Education courses for credit and non-credit.
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Salem Common

Salem Common Historic District is a historic district bounded roughly by St. Peter's, Bridge, and Derby Sts. and Collins Cove in Salem, Massachusetts. The Common was founded in the 17th century. Before 1800 there was no enclosing fence and livestock were free to roam across it. The present wrought iron fence around the Common was built in 1850 and has undergone restoration. The white archway that stands near the north entrance was originally a design of Samuel McIntire, but it had to be removed because of its condition. The current archway is a replica established in 1976.

The district was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976, and further expanded in 2002. The district boundaries include the Essex Institute Historic District, a cluster of buildings along Essex and Brown Streets owned by the Peabody Essex Museum.
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Salem Witch Museum

The Salem Witch Museum is located in Salem, Massachusetts and features dioramas and first person narrations, including little-known information about nineteen "witches" that were put to death in 1692.The museum covers the hysteria surrounding the events.
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The Friendship

The Friendship of Salem is a 171-foot replica of a 1797 East Indiaman, built in the Scarano Brothers Shipyard in Albany, New York, in 2000. The ship usually functions as a stationary museum during most of the year, however the ship is a fully functioning United States Coast Guard certified vessel capable of passenger and crew voyages, and will set sail during various times of the year. The Friendship of Salem is docked at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site, which is the first American National Historic Site; it is operated by the National Park Service.
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House of the Seven Gables

The House of the Seven Gables (also known as the Turner House or Turner-Ingersoll Mansion) is a 1668 colonial mansion in Salem, Massachusetts, USA. The house is now a non-profit museum, with an admission fee charged for tours, as well as beautiful three-season waterfront gardens, and an assortment of contributing historic houses. It was built for Captain John Turner, and it stayed with the family for three generations. It was made famous by American author Nathaniel Hawthorne's 1851 novel The House of the Seven Gables. The house and its surrounding area are a National Historic Landmark District.

Red's Sandwich Shop

The London Coffee House, c. 1698, was a meeting place for the Salem chapter of the Sons of Liberty. Now it is known as Red's Sandwich Shop, a popular local haunt with fantastic breakfast and diner foods.
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Salem Ferry

The Salem Ferry, Nathaniel Bowditch, approaches its dock in Salem, Massachusetts. Two Caterpillar diesel engines allow a top speed of 36 knots, making the trip to Boston in about 45 minutes in good weather. The Salem Ferry is a 92 foot long catamaran. It was purchased with the help of a $1.6 million Federal grant. Recently land was purchased to expand the dock and allow for a future cruise ship terminal. The western shore of Marblehead is visible in the background.
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Hawthorne Hotel

Located in the heart of historic Salem, Massachusetts, Hawthorne Hotel has a rich history which began in 1925 and has welcomed numerous leisure travelers as well as dignitaries and celebrities. Over the years, the Hawthorne Hotel has hosted well-known personalities including newsman Walter Cronkite, actress Bette Davis, General Colin Powell, and both President George Bush and President Bill Clinton. Episodes of iconic shows including Bewitched, What Not to Wear and Ghost Hunters have all been filmed on this historic property. Most recently Robert de Niro and Jennifer Lawrence stayed on the property to film parts of Joy, as the producers used the Grand Ballroom to film their wedding scene.

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Salem, Massachusetts Neighborhood Guide