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Salem is a city in Massachusetts, New England. It is best known for the "Salem Witch trials" even though the hysteria really started in what is now Danvers. The city is well worth a day-trip from Boston, or even a trip in its own right, to see what basically amounts to a three-dimensional textbook of American architectural history. President Barack Obama on the 10th of January 2013 signed executive order HR1339 "which designates the City of Salem, Mass., as the birthplace of the U.S. National Guard.

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  1. In 1692, Salem became the setting for a series of trials in which 19 people were hanged for the crime of witchcraft.
  2. Elias Haskett Derby, America's first millionaire, was born in Salem.
  3. Nathaniel Hawthorne, author of Scarlet Letter and The House of Seven Gables, was born in Salem.
  4. The oldest pear tree in America, about 375 years old, is in Salem.
  5. Saem has more than 130 restaurants.

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