Monday, January 25, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
The company dates back to 1806, when an English woman named Spencer was shipped wrecked and ended up in Salem. When her neighbors learned that Mrs. Spencer knew how to make candy they all got together and purchased for her a barrel of sugar. Her first candy was the "Salem Gibralter," said to be the first candy made and sold commercially in America and carried around the world by sea captains and their crew.
She originally sold her candy on the steps of the First Church but as the candies popularity grew she started selling to the surrounding towns by horse and wagon.
When Mrs. Spencer died her son carried on the business until about 1830. Her son decided to return to England and the company was then sold to a John William Pepper. John Pepper added Black Jack (an all natural stick candy made from black strap molasses).
Chocolate Cashew Turtle
It's great!!! So great that Oprah features it on her website.
One of the early traders and merchants in Salem, Captain John Turner owned a number of ships and made his fortune in the Barbados trade. He built his house, later to become famous as the House of the Seven Gables, near his wharf. The house remained in his family for three generations and underwent many renovations.
The building that would come to be known as the Witch House was purchased in an unfinished state by Jonathan Corwin, heir to one of the largest Puritan fortunes in New England, in 1675. Grander than most homes in Salem at the time, the house boasted three steep gables, a deep porch, and wide, triple-casement windows. Corwin was a merchant by trade, but it was in his role as local magistrate that gives lasting renown to the house: the Witch House is the only remaining house in Salem directly tied to the 1692 Witch Trials.
The Author of the Scarlett Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne was born here.
DERBY HOUSE SALEM (rmr)
Before the Rockefellers, the Van Burens, the Kennedy’s, before the Johnson Family made their fortune off hair products and way before bill Gates and Oprah, there was Richard Derby. A merchant and fleet owner, Derby was America’s first millionaire and this was his house.
It’s the oldest brick house still standing in Salem, and one of the earliest examples of Georgian Colonial Architecture in America. The house was built in 1762.
"Salem with a little under eight thousand inhabitants, was the sixth city in the United States in 1790. Her appearance was more antique than even that of Boston, and her reek of the salt water, that almost surrounded her, yet more pronounced. For half a mile along the harbor front, subtended by the long finger of Derby Wharf, ran Derby Street, the residential and business center of the town. On one side were the houses of the gentry, Derbys and Princes, and Crownshields, goodly gambrel or hip-roofed brick and wooden mansions dating from the middle of the century, standing well back with tidy gardens in front. Opposite were the wharves, separated from the street by counting rooms, warehouses, ship-chandlers' stores, pump-makers' shops, sailmakers' lofts; all against a background of spars, rigging, and furled or brailed-up sails. Crowded within three hundred yards of Derby street, peeping between the merchants' mansions and over their garden walls like small boys behind a police cordon, were some eighteen or nineteen hundred buildings, including dwellings of pre-witch-craft days, with overhanging upper stories, peaked gables, small-paned windows, and hand-rifted clapboards black with age." (www.salemweb.com)
The Friendship of Salem (rmr)
Thursday, January 14, 2010
I have to say it was a great ride out of the city and onto the open highway.
Mariel was driving and I was navigating. Yeah... a couple of geeks on the open road.
We rented a Jeep SUV(we were geting a yellow corvette from the Hertz lady but Mariel said nooooo). Not bad though. Brand new and no GPS. So we mapped out everything off the iPOD and got rolling. Had a great soundtrack too. We were on Sirius satellite radio "Bridge". That's the one with the dog logo.
This was the soundtrack of the trip (when we turned on the radio that is...): Urgent/ Foreigner, Time in a Bottle /Jim Croce, The Beatles/Let it Be, Piano Man/Billy Joel, Joe Rafferty/Baker Street, Bill Withers/Ain't No Sunshine, Elton John/DAniel, Landslides/Fleetwood Mac, Human League, Tears for Fears, Drifting Away/Doobie Brothers, Dreamweaver, Everybody's talking/Nilsson. It was fun. Total Time NY to Cambridge MA 4.40mins with two rest stops and some gawking. (rmr)