The past 2 days we have been in Salem, Danvers, Saugus, and back to Salem. It has been cold and rainy; not exactly the perfect weather for visiting outdoor sites! Today I felt that it might snow at any minute!
We started our adventure yesturday at the Salem Witch Memorial and Charter Street Cemetery. The memorial was nice but the cememtery is where the real history was. I found it fascinating how the pictures and designs on the headstones changed over time. As Dr. Emerson pointed out to us, using headstones to interpret the past would be a great way to engage students.
We visited Salem Village(better known as Danvers) to view the Parsonage Archaeology Site. The foundation that remains tells the story of the importance of the church and the minister to Salem Village. Our next stop was Rebecca Nurse’s House in Danvers. Not at all what I would expect a “Witch’s” house to look like!! Here again we got a glimpse of colonial life. It is fascinating how simple yet practical the homes were during this time.
A common theme throught these past two days certainly has been how to use objects to interpret and make sense of the past. From gravestones to housing styles to decorative arts-all help us to try to solve the mysteries of the past.
Off to Boston tomorrow to walk the Freedom Trail. Hopefully the weather cooperates!