Where would you go for a Halloween road trip?
While I was lying in bed last night I was thinking about places I have been on past road trips. Deadwood and Virginia City come to mind, both city’s rich in history and rightly proud of their historic value. Yet in my own back yard there is more documented history than anywhere in the United States. New England has a lot to offer and should not be neglected when planning a road trip. Now that fall has arrived the colors are outstanding! But there is much more to New England than the colors of fall.
In Salem Massachusetts well before the American Revolution in the late 1600’s many people were accused and convicted of practicing witchcraft. Many believe they were burned to death at the stake. Although in reality they were actually hung to death. The Witch House, home of Judge Jonathan Corwin, is the only structure still standing in Salem with direct ties to the Witchcraft Trials. Salem is loaded with Museums the most famous is the Salem Witch Museum. Salem is not only filled with history but it’s a great place to visit on Halloween.
Another great place to visit on Halloween is Fall River Ma. home of Lizzie Borden. The location of the most widely publicized crime of the 19th century! The true story of the 1892 hatchet murders of a wealthy businessman and his wife found brutally murdered in their Victorian home in Fall River, Massachusetts. Lizzie their youngest daughter was accused but never convicted of the murders. The Lizzie Borden case has mystified and fascinated those interested in crime for over one hundred years. The original house where the murders occurred still stands today. It is now a bed and breakfast, but odds are you will never get a room there especially on Halloween! The waiting list to sleep there is just too long but you may be lucky enough to take a tour through the house.
Not far from Fall River is Newport R.I. a great seaport where what was probably the first act of open resistance to British rule occurred on July 9, 1764. Crewmembers from the British schooner ST. John attempted to carry off an alleged deserter from Newport. The townspeople forcibly resisted this act, and took the opportunity to seize Fort George. The fort's cannon were then turned upon the British frigate Squirrel and eight shots were fired. Newporters attacked another British ship in 1769, the armed sloop Liberty. This time, however, they seized the ship and scuttled it at the end of Long Wharf. In 1772 Rhode Islanders in the west bay caught the British ship GASPEE and burned her to cinders, just a few miles from the city of Providence.
During late October the whole city celebrates the season with spook-tacular events like the Horror Film Festival, Sea Witch Costume Ball, hayrides, tarot card readings and more. To really get into the spirit of the season, consider braving the Newport Ghost tour, take the lantern-led evening stroll down historic Newport’s shadowy lanes and discover the ghosts, ghouls, and legends of the city by the sea. You could top that off with interactive Murder Mysteries at the Astor’s Beachwood Mansion or the spooky tours like Fortress of Nightmares at Fort Adams.
Remember the Pilgrims landed in Plymouth in 1620 so history is rich in New England as are the ghostly tales. Perhaps stop in Boston and check out some of the cemetery’s that are hidden within the city.
I’m sure Mass Tim can add to this thread.