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Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Back in Black


Salem Mass. has worldwide notoriety for its Witch hunt and Trials in the 17th Century.  We visited the town on Oct. 12 and as it was a beautiful day the town was pleasant to stroll around and admire the old buildings.
The Witch house is a beautiful example of original colonial architecture. It has a central red brick chimney and diamond lattice window panes and large finials on the overhanging corners.  Though black originally,it is a faded grey now.

The Jonathan Corwin House in Salem, Massachusetts, USA, known as The Witch House, was the home of Judge Jonathan Corwin and is the only structure still standing in Salem with direct ties to the Salem Witch Trials. (Source: Wikipedia)


This is another black clapboard colonial home in Salem across the street from the famous House of the Seven Gables.


We took the tour of The House of the Seven Gables, made famous by Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel of the same title and climbed the secret inner staircase.  (No photography allowed inside)


Even in October the gardens were lovely.


An edit in monochrome makes this shot of the house more sinister!


We travelled the scenic byway from Salem to Ipswich MA where I wish we had more time to tour the Colonial homes there but we did stop and view the exterior of the Whipple House.


Again I edited this in mono and it feels like stepping back several centuries.


Thanks for all your comments.

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31 comments:

  1. Very informative. I was unwary of the existence of these houses. I really liked the edited photos. 😱😱

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  2. ...Salem is a popular stop this time of year. What fabulous architecture, the small windows in the first photo are interesting! Thanks Christine for stopping by, I hope to see you again.

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  3. An interesting place! I like the bright blue door in combination with the black.

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  4. Hello, what a great tour of Salem. I like the faded black or grey color much better than a black house. the gardens do look pretty. Happy Halloween, enjoy your day!

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  5. What a nice collection of treasures, your trip sounds really fun

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  6. Ha Christine, prachtig sfeervol huis. PS het huis doet het goed in zwart/wit.
    Groet kees.

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  7. Wonderful photos! I especially like the black and white photo with the creepy looking tree in it. That's perfect.

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  8. Even with it's history, I'd want to visit there. The houses are quite appealing to me.

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  9. Beautiful photos, especially the monochrome. I would love to visit those houses. Happy Halloween!

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  10. You are RIGHT! The mono makes it so much more creepy! I love the lattice windows in the first house, but can you imagine how hard they would be to clean? The blue door on the third picture is the only thing to break up the grey, pretty! Was this house the real inspiration for the House Of The Seven Gables? Wow, I LOVE it!!! I am enjoying this post so much, scrolling back and forth. It is really the perfect subject for Halloween, and really historical.

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  11. I still prefer the white buildings! Have a wonderful day!

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  12. Hi Chrsstine, the monochrome makes the witch house look real spooky. Great photos and an interesting post. Thanks for sharing. Jo

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  13. A perfect post for the day! I love the B&W treatments!

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  14. I love all of these pictures and the edits. So glad you had nice weather and the gardens were still pretty.

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  15. A fantastic post for this special spooky day. I love your b&w photos, it does make them more haunting to look at. Happy Halloween!

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  16. Your black and white photos are great and very atmospheric. All wonderful photos! Looks like a very interesting place to visit. I hope I get there one day. We would like to take a tour of New England sometime.

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  17. Interesting buildings. Not sure I'd want to live in a black house though.

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  18. Beautiful shots and houses. I must admit that first one would be depressing to live in, with its dark color and tiny windows.

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  19. I would enjoy visiting here. I do love some Nathaniel Hawthorne.

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  20. Interesting houses. I don't think I've ever seen a black house. At least that one has a nice bright door. : )

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  21. Wonderful photos of Salem MA and the historical district ~ Tonight being Halloween ~ it is wild there and crowded ~ fun ! If you like all that ~ ^_^

    light and love,
    A ShutterBug Explores
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  22. What great shots of the houses!

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  23. Interesting houses linked to the history of Salem, although I would feel a bit sad living in a black house.

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  24. It's not everyday you see a black house. Doors or windows galore in black, though. Lovely shots.

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  25. How awesome to see these photos - very interesting indeed.

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  26. I was surprised to read that the Jonathan Corwin House is the only structure still standing in Salem with direct ties to the Salem Witch Trials. Do you think they tore them down because they were connected to the Trials, or people just didn't take care to maintain them? Very effective application of black and white ... it is amazing how much it changes the feel!

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  27. Awesome weather and terrific photos! Thanks for the info about this piece of history. The monochrome shot is really nice.

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