As second-oldest nephew and I walked back from Lobster Shanty - Salem - Massachusetts, we passed by the "Bewitched" statue of Elizabeth Montgomery. There had been a steady line of people all evening, waiting to take pictures with the TV witch, but at this bewitching hour, no one was around.
A statue of a fictional witch in a town known for executing real-life "witches"? Tacky and insensitive or kitschy tourist draw?
The nine-foot tall bronze statue, which stands at the prominent corner of Essex and Washington Streets, was donated by TV Land cable network in 2005 and was met with controversy before it was erected. According to an article titled, "'Bewitched' Statue Plan Bothers, Bewilders," by Kathy McCabe in the Boston Globe, Mayor Stanley J. Usovicz Jr. hoped the statue would bring a touch of whimsy and some tourists to Salem. But the city insisted that the statue be placed away from actual 1692 Salem witch trials sites such as Gallows Hill, where 19 people, who were accused of being witches, were hanged.
The "Bewitched" connection is that a few episodes were filmed in Salem.
There are plenty of other sites around Salem that pay proper respect to this dark period of American history. But, judging from the constant stream of tourists lining up to take pictures with the "Bewitched" statue, I'd say whimsical tourist draw won out.
Posts in this series:
Lobster Shanty - Salem - Massachusetts
"Bewitched" Statue - Salem - Massachusetts
Red Line Cafe - Salem - Massachusetts
The "Bewitched" Statue
Corner of Essex and Washington Streets
Salem, MA 01970
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