On this day in history, June 2, 1692: June 2nd was a tragic day in the history of the Salem Witch Trials. It was day the court of Oyer and Terminer began its very first trial, with the accused victim Bridge Bishop. She is found guilty of witchcraft and condemned to death. Bridget Bishop is one of the most talked about individuals in the Salem Witch Trials, and often is misunderstood. What historians do know about Bridget Bishop is that around the time of the Salem Witch Trials, she lived in Salem Towne, what is now known as downtown Salem. She owned an apple orchard, which was located at what is now 43 Church Street, which later was the site of the Lyceum, where Alexander Graham Bell demonstrated the long distance phone call. Today it is the site of Turner’s Seafood. Bishop also lived in a house somewhere near the orchard, according to court records. According to records, Bishop was accused by Mercy Lewis and Ann Putnam. That same day, Bridget Bishop was indicted and arraigned on five separate charges of witchcraft. The amount of evidence against Bishop was overwhelming. Over the course of the next few months, over 10 witnesses gave long, detailed testimonies about how Bridget Bishop bewitched them, their family and/or their animals. At about 10 a.m. on June 2, Bridget Bishop, Elizabeth Proctor, Rebecca Nurse, Alice Parker, Susannah Martin and Sarah Good underwent a humiliating physical examination by nine local women and a doctor named Barton, after which these examiners reported finding unnatural growths in strange places on some of the accused, including Bishop. “The trial of Bridget Bishop opened in Salem on June 2, 1692. It was a one-day affair. Seven judges headed by Deputy-Governor William Stoughton comprised the court. Bridget was allowed no counsel; at least no one is known to have risked their skin to defend her. The evidence produced was but a rehash of the scurrilous stories that long circulated about her. The prevailing lunacy of the ‘afflicted girls’ counted heavily against her as well. Cotton Mather, who later wrote of the trial, captured the quintessence of the proceedings when he remarked, ‘There was little occasion to prove the witchcraft, it being evident and notorious to all beholders.’ Bridget Bishop was predoomed by popular opinion and prejudice.

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Last week, I was invited in for a behind the scenes VIP tour or the brand new Hampton Inn Salem! This place is *amazing*! Just a few amenities: Valet, covered parking Indoor heated pool 24-hour fitness center Hot complimentary breakfast *Free* wifi Snack shop and coffee Sparkling clean rooms In the center of the city and walking distance to everything! A huge thank you to managers Josh Smith and Jill Gray for being so welcoming! To book, visit: www.hilton.com

On this Memorial Day, let us remember those who have fought for our freedom. All gave some, some gave all. I hope that you all had a wonderful, restful and safe day.

Are you an early bird? So are we! Well, at least Vanessa is. We now offer *8 AM* tours on Saturdays and Sundays. Come early and have the city to yourself before the crowds.... To book, visit www.witchcitywalkingtours.com 

I had such a great time giving these guys a private tour of Salem tonight! 👻

It’s such a huge compliment when our guests not only book one of our tours, but *both*! Thank you to our amazing guests, Emily Moore and Kim Weter, for staring these fabulous photos of their day in Salem!

Happy Thursday! Today’s #salemtourismstar is our guide, Ryan! Originally from the South Shore of Massachusetts, Ryan has called Salem home for the last 14 years. A fun fact about Ryan - he is the fraternal twin of our tour guide, Mykaela! Ryan had worked in a variety of industries before becoming an amazing tour guide; including janitorial work to landscaping and even child care. However, being a guide is “the best job” he has ever had! A New Liberty Innovation school graduate, Ryan’s favorite spot in Salem is Winter Island. He loves doing tours because “history is important; it’s literally a tool to improve our societies.” One of his favorite memories from a tour is when a young boy asked if he could play Giles Corey when he told the story. “The kid laid on the stone step and kept death moaning” through Ryan’s storytelling. You will find Ryan giving tours on Friday and Saturday afternoons. To book your tickets, visit www.witchcitywalkingtours.com