Salem Massachusetts: The Witching City


Sage Sherburne, Herald Writer

The following is a fictional story by Sage Sherburne. 

The year is 1626, is when it was founded.

Roger Conant and a group of immigrants from Cape Anne, came astounded.

They all thought that it was a normal state, but they were all in for one wicked fate.

So i’ll start my story from the beginning, by the end the room will be spinning.


The year is now 1628, when the mass bay company arrives, and relieves the struggling Naumkeag settlement.

In a horror movie, this may seem very less scary than the basement.

John Endicott leads a group of settlers to lay ground for thousands of Puritans.

Fun fact they believed in education and founded Harvard, that’s a gold star on their bulletins.


In 1629, the Town of Salem was issued a charter by the monarch of England, giving them the rights of autonomy and self-rule.

I think this is the part where things become cool and cruel.

Still in 1629, The First Congregational Society was founded by Puritan pioneers of the Massachusetts Bay Company.


Moving to 1630,there is a threat of charter revocation, and the colonists respond by preparing a defense.
This is the part of the movie when things get tense.

Governor John Endicott, cuts the cross out of the english flag as an act of defiance.

People in Salem should learn from this history, must be good in witches brewing, and excellence in science.


Ok so in 1637, the first Salem ship sailed to the west indies to trade salted cod.

Why would trade salted fish? That’s a little odd.

Still in 1637, the first Militia Muster was organized by the Massachusetts Bay Colony Court.

I wonder if all witches have warts.

Still in 1637, Salem got its first cemetery, used to be called the charter street cemetery or old burying point cemetery. Now it’s the oldest burial ground in salem.


We’re in 1643 now, and winter island (park) was created in the fort, it was originally named after King William.

In 1644, a fort pickering a strategic coastal defense military barracks for Salem Harbor, was established.

This was like simpler times, now things are a lot more complex with phones, laptops and tablets.


Fun fact, did you know Salem is hebrew for peace? If that was true then women wouldn’t be killed and “burned at the stake”.

It was a great era to be a man, it was easy and simple like cake.


In 1649, a custom house was built and its job was to collect taxes and imported cargoes.

In 1668, the house of seven gables, was built by John Turner, a wealthy merchant.

Three generations of Turners lived in the house, before being acquired by the Ingersoll family, relatives of a Salem-born author, Nathan Hawthrone.


In 1675, the witch house was completed by judge Johnathan Corwin who judged the Salem witch trials and some of their prelimering questioning of witch trials were held there as well.

In 1686, a sale selectman purchased land, that today in Salem, Peabody and Danvers from the heirs of the Naumkeag tribe for 20 pounds.


The Salem witch trials began in 1692, and everyone knows Salem for these events. In only 3 MONTHS of time, 19 INNOCENT people, 14 women and 5 men were hanged and one man was pressed to death. It was a very scary time, when they believed in the devil. Spectral evidence and teenage girls. The trials ceased when Governor William Phipps disbanded the court, after his wife was accused of being a witch herself. 

Doesn’t that sound familiar, he should have disbanded this a long time ago and there would still be generations of these people here today. 

A Superior Court of Judicature formed to replace the Court of Oyer and Terminer and did not allow spectral evidence. The new court released those awaiting trial and pardoned those awaiting execution; the trials were over.

And many more people were spared. Yya!


The last year we’ll talk about is 1693, Cotton Mather published his famous book, Wonders of the Invisible World, which contained “proof” of witchcraft.

So is witchcraft real, who knows so much of the world is yet to be discovered. Maybe witches and demons and warlocks and the underworld is real. 


So, that is all about Salem Massachusetts, the witching city, we went through the first year which was all awful and horrible, especially their committee.

A book was written that proved witchcraft to be real, never let the devil deal

With all the horror of the trials and the dead that will never see their generation grow, happy halloween before you know it, it’ll snow.


“Tis the night—the night, Of the grave’s delight,

And the warlocks are at their play;

Ye think that without, The wild winds shout,

But no, it is they—it is they!”

― Arthur Cleveland Coxe, Halloween: A Romaunt