Continuing our look at Salem’s most haunted hotel, we unearth a strange synchronicity in the history of the land that the Hawthorne Hotel stands on and take a look at the mysterious Salem Marine Society.

Following up on a lead that Chris found last time, we dive into what happened at the site of Salem’s famously haunted Hawthorne Hotel. We find a really strange set of circumstances that we can’t believe aren’t spelled out more in many of the sources we found online. We also correct a big inaccuracy perpetuated by many websites about the Hawthorne Hotel.

Highlights include: Arson, a man named Estes, two buildings with the same name burning down on the same weekend, a ship’s cabin located on the hotel’s rooftop, and more

For pictures of the Hawthorne Hotel, check out Investigating the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem, Part 1 .

Sources

Books

Ghosts of Salem: Haunts of the Witch City by Sam Baltrusis

Websites

Articles

  • The Franklin Building. Salem Register (Salem, Massachusetts)October 25, 1860
  • Alarm of Fire. Salem Gazette (Salem, Massachusetts)March 29, 1825
  • Advertisement. Salem Observer (published as SALEM OBSERVER.) (Salem, Massachusetts)June 19, 1824
  • Advertisement. Salem Observer (Salem, Massachusetts)April 7, 1827
    [Mr. Editor; Marine; Society; Franklin; Building] Salem Gazette (Salem, Massachusetts)June 14, 1833
  • Advertisement.Salem Gazette (Salem, Massachusetts)July 19, 1836
  • Advertisement. Salem Gazette (Salem, Massachusetts)November 8, 1836
  • Fire. Boston Courier (Boston, Massachusetts)January 30, 1845
  • News Article. Boston Daily Times (published as BOSTON TIMES.) (Boston, Massachusetts)January 30, 1845
  • Another Serious Fire. Salem Register (Salem, Massachusetts)January 30, 1845
  • Incendiarism. Salem Register (Salem, Massachusetts) January 30, 1845
  • News Article. Boston Traveler (published as AMERICAN TRAVELLER.) (Boston, Massachusetts)January 31, 1845
  • $500 reward. Salem Register (Salem, Massachusetts)February 6, 1845
  • News Article. Boston Semi-weekly Atlas (published as The Boston Semi-Weekly Atlas.) (Boston, Massachusetts)June 24, 1846
  • Events in Salem and Vicinity during the Year 1846. Salem Observer (published as The Salem Observer.) (Salem, Massachusetts)January 2, 1847
  • News Article. Boston Evening Transcript (published as Boston Evening Transcript.) (Boston, Massachusetts)January 4, 1859
  • News Article. Boston Traveler (published as Boston Daily Traveller.) (Boston, Massachusetts)January 5, 1859
  • News Article. Boston Traveler (published as Boston Daily Traveller.) (Boston, Massachusetts)January 5, 1859
  • Fire In Franklin Building. Salem Register (Salem, Massachusetts)January 6, 1859
  • Re Opened. Salem Register (Salem, Massachusetts)November 19, 1860
  • News Article. Boston Evening Transcript (published as Boston Evening Transcript.) (Boston, Massachusetts)October 23, 1860
  • The Franklin Building Fire. Salem Register (Salem, Massachusetts)October 25, 1860
  • Franklin Building Destroyed. Salem Observer (published as The Salem Observer) (Salem, Massachusetts)October 27, 1860
  • Salem And Vicinity. Salem Observer (published as The Salem Observer) (Salem, Massachusetts)March 9, 1861
  • Salem And Vicinity. Salem Observer (published as The Salem Observer) (Salem, Massachusetts)May 4, 1861
  • Salem And Vicinity. Supreme Judicial Court. Salem Observer (published as The Salem Observer.) (Salem, Massachusetts)November 16, 1861
  • Removals. Salem Register (Salem, Massachusetts)November 18, 1861
  • The New Armory Of The Cadets. Salem Register (Salem, Massachusetts)February 20, 1862
  • Freaks Of Lightning. Salem Observer (published as The Salem Observer.) (Salem, Massachusetts)August 2, 1862
  • Salem Marine Society Centennial. Address By The Master, Capt. Nathaniel Brown. Salem Register (Salem, Massachusetts)June 12, 1871

Also see sources used for Investigating the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem, Part 1 and Investigating the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem, Part 2. 

 

Don’t miss our past episodes, like The Smallpox Hospital, aka Renwick Ruin, on Roosevelt Island, NYC – Part 1, The Renwick Ruin and Charity Hospital, Roosevelt Island, NYC – Part 2, and Playing the Ghost in 19th Century Australia .

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