Which witches did the Delavan-Darien High School orchestra see in an area once thought to be the epicenter of witchcraft in America?
Probably none, but they did spend Thursday (April 7) sightseeing in Salem, Mass., the site of the infamous Salem Witch Trials of 1692.
It’s a city with a storied history.
From June through September of 1692, 19 men and women, all having been convicted of witchcraft, were carted to Gallows Hill, a barren slope near Salem Village, for hanging. Another man of over 80 years was pressed to death under heavy stones for refusing to submit to a trial on witchcraft charges. Hundreds of others faced accusations of witchcraft; dozens languished in jail for months without trials until the hysteria that swept through Puritan Massachusetts subsided. (Click here for source.)
The orchestra spent Thursday morning in Salem, visiting the Salem Witch Museum, doing a historic walking tour of the village, seeing some of the oldest homes in the village (fully restored to their original pre-1700’s condition), and learning about the tall ships that frequented the harbor during America’s Colonial Days.
After lunch, the orchestra headed to its hotel in New Jersey to prepare for more music and learning in New York City.