Originally Posted by butzie
If and when you go to Salem, think about Nathaniel Hawthorne who made the place really famous. For a wealthy port/community, there is Marlborough. For authenticity, go to Gloucester and find out about the fisherman.
And pronounce these towns like this Gloucestor - Glasta; Leominster - Lemonstir; and Worcestershire - Woosta.
OK, as a native Salemite and New Englander (New Englandah
), I have to correct you here. First, Marlborough is inland by at least 60 miles, and has no history of being a port.
Second, the correct pronunciations (and spellings) are: Gloucester = Glosta or Glawstah (If you say "glasta" people will look at you REALLY funny!); Leominster = Leminstah; and Worcester (the city, not the sauce) is actually pronounced Woosta. Or Woostah, with the "woo" part pronounced like the vowel sound in the word "wood."
Salem is great, do go to the House of Seven Gables but do NOT bother with " The Witch House," as that's a tourist trap. Boring, costs too much, learn too little for your dollar. The Witch Museum is cool, and there are Trolley Tours running every day. Visit this website
for more info, and enjoy your visit!