I am on a mooring between Marblehead and Salem and whereas Marblehead is very pretty, it is very much a sleepy suburban area compared to Salem. In 1692 over 200 people in the Salem area were accused of witchcraft and eventually 20 were executed.
There is a cemetery downtown where they are buried and also a memorial to them.
I saw many tattoos, nose rings and black clothing among the visitors to pirate, Halloween and witchcraft venues centered downtown.
If you are not interested in this dark side of town, the Peabody Essex Museum is a must see.
Along with the Custom House.
And the Derby Wharf National Park that has a replica of an old wooden trading ship called the Friendship.