#DestSalem Photos We Loved in May 2020

We love seeing everyone’s posts from around Salem, Massachusetts on social media and wanted to share a few of our favorites from last month. Check out our favorite images of Salem from May 2020 below, and use #DestSalem in your own posts to share your photos with us for our June roundup!

May brought the start of sailing season, and we’re excited to experience Salem on the water! Schooner Fame is currently sailing out of Pickering Wharf and Mahi Cruises is getting ready to reopen for their season later this summer. The Salem Ferry plans to reopen next month, allowing access to Salem from Boston by water (visit salemferry.com to confirm opening dates as you plan your visit).

We love this view of Salem Maritime National Historic Site! While the interior offerings have not yet reopened on Derby Wharf, we’ve been enjoying walking through the grounds of Salem Maritime National Historic Site and exploring the gardens behind the Derby House and the .5 mile walk out to the Derby Wharf Light Station.

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Better days ahead.

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Before Charter Street Cemetery‘s restoration project began, we shared some background on the styles of tombs you’ll find in historic cemeteries in Salem and around New England. (Hint: Nothing is held within a tabletop tomb like the one shown below, but remains are buried beneath these tombs. Read the full Instagram caption below to learn why.)

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Here's something a little different for a #TombstoneTuesday post! Here in New England and in some other parts of the country, many of our historic cemeteries have tabletop tombs. These tombs function the same way as regular tombstones, with the deceased buried underneath. In the 17th-18th centuries these tombs (and similarly expansive monuments) were sometimes used instead of tombstones to display one's wealth.⁣ ⁣ The tomb shown above is located in Salem's Old Burying Point (or Charter Street Cemetery), adjacent to the Witch Trials Memorial. If you happen to come across any tabletop tombs, remember to be careful to avoid leaning and pushing on the tops to help preserve historic cemeteries. ⁣

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While May did come with the start of sailing season, we did get some unexpected weather. Here’s some photos of a May snowstorm captured by Salem Maritime National Historic Site. (Don’t worry, we got our spring weather back the next day!)

Salem State University celebrated the class of 2020 with a drive-by commencement celebration!

The House of the Seven Gables just opened their gardens at the beginning of this month, but in May staff were hard at work preparing the historic site for reopening. Stop by their historic gardens next time you wander down Derby Street and learn about the site’s history with their outdoor audio tour.

May 28 was National Cheeseburger Day and Ledger went all out! They also have been running “Ledger Basket” this spring while restaurants were limited to offering takeout and curbside pickup only. Ledger Basket featured some of their fan-favorite menu items along with groceries and prepared meals to go.

Did you know there is a concrete slide at Forest River Park? Brave souls can grab a piece of cardboard and slide down like many did in the early 20th century.

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Salem’s concrete slide at Forest River Park. This is one of the few concrete slides still in existence in the United States. It dates back to the 1940s or earlier. You get a piece of cardboard, sit and anchor yourself, and then dare to slide down. The view from the top as you’re getting ready to slide is always the scariest. It’s concrete, after all. Bring your own cardboard or use cardboard left behind by the earlier brave souls. …. . . . . #concreteslide #concreteslides #forestriverparksalemma #salemmassachusetts #salemma #graffitiart #graffiti #art #artwork #writersofinstagram #writer #writersofig #poetryofinstagram #wordsmith #naturephotography #creativenorthshore #salemmass #creativesalem #salemstateuniversity #createeveryday #writeratwork #breathe #breathezen

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