Salem’s earliest cemeteries were established in the 1600s when Puritanism was widely practiced in Massachusetts. Puritans understood the Bible literally, therefore they never used religious imagery, even in churches. As a result, angels and crosses were not used on Puritan cemetery markers, instead, they used Death’s Heads for mortality along with hourglasses and scythes to mark the passing of time culminating in death.
“Beware the autumn people”
― Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes
There’s no doubt that Salem has been irrevocably marked by the Witch Trials which took place more than 300 years ago. The town is still home to numerous structures and sites where the atrocities of the 1690s occurred that many believe Salem is one of the most haunted places in the US. Whether you’re in town to enjoy the sights of New England or searching for something a little more sinister, check out some of these historic and haunted places in Salem!
Handcrafted by our small workshop crew in Wooster, Ohio, this replica is made from 3/4" thick wood with colorful details on the front and a little description on the back. Look for Casper, our mascot black cat, taking up residence within the design. This is the sign of an authentic Cat’s Meow!