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A Talk About Design walking tour, presented by Historic Salem, Inc. We all know that house. It's always walked by a little bit faster and talked about in hushed tones. It has an uneasy presence that can't be explained, almost like it's cursed. Yet it's captivating - anything could have happened in there; it's easily thrilling to imagine what did. We're familiar with their use in movies and TV like Hocus Pocus, the Addams Family, Psycho, and It. But long before the old Victorian house became synonymous with fear and mystery, it was just a house: grand and modern, a product representing its time. On this walking tour we'll trace how the Victorian style became associated with horror and why it captivates the dark side of our imagination.
Join Robert Booth, author of Death of an Empire: The Rise and Murderous Fall of Salem, America's Richest City (and co-founder of the newly formed Public History Services, Inc.), on a walking tour of sites associated with Salem’s criminal past: untimely deaths and disappearances, ghostly visitations, murders, mob scenes, public and private mayhem, and other dark deeds from the crushing of Giles Corey in 1692 to the fatal visit of the Boston Strangler in 1963. Meet in the lobby of the Hawthorne Hotel, 18 Washington Sq W, Salem, MA Tickets are $20 for HSI members, $25 for non-members, and very limited, so get yours today by clicking the button below. Proceeds will support Historic Salem's mission to advocate for the city's historic structures. Even if something terrible happened there.