, Salem, MA


August 1, 2012

Witch trials calendar gives daily perspective


Were there other particular places that struck you?

I found the secret burial place of John Proctor. He was one of the people accused and sentenced to death. There’s a stone called the Proctor tomb opposite 310 Lowell St. at the Lowell Street on-ramp to 128. It’s a granite block marked with a sign indicating it was set up in 1821. The probable actual burial site of John Proctor, where his sons took his body after his execution on Aug. 19, 1692, and buried it in an unmarked grave, was recalled — by family tradition in the 19th century — to be 1.4 miles further down Lowell Street, at or behind 479 Lowell St. where there was once a gate to a cow pasture. This was the only property actually owned at the time by the Proctor family. An old stone wall is still visible beside a paved entrance to the parking lot of the Peabody Veterans Memorial High School.

Who are you hoping to reach with the calendar?

I thought I would try to capture two audiences: one group looking for a funky calendar, another group looking for witch history.

Where is it available?

It’s being sold at the National Park Visitor Center, at the Witch House, House of the Seven Gables, Trolley Depot, the Witch Museum.

How many copies did you print?

Five thousand. It’s printed by Deschamps Printing in Salem. It’s a complete Salem product.

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