For the second installment of the “Did You Know” posts, we will talk about Marblehead, MA. This is where Aiden lives, and it is also a real place that inspired my book. It neighbors Salem, and it’s only a hop skip and a jump from the center of the city. I was born and raised in Florida, and can honestly say I had never seen a place like Marblehead before my first visit.
It is like taking a walk back in history. The drive from Salem to the center of Marblehead is beautiful, and it takes you along the coast. You’ll see some really big houses out there, and this is what inspired Aiden’s mansion! The center of town has a cemetery called Old Burial Hill, which was established in the 1600s. It is a small trek up the hill, but well worth the view. The headstones are gorgeous, and the view of the harbor is breathtaking.
One of the Salem Witch Trial victims is buried here, and it was the daytime setting for the movie “Hocus Pocus” (which I only recently found out).
While Aiden’s house wasn’t designed after any certain place in the city in particular, I could totally imagine him living his private life in his gated mansion in the beautiful town of Marblehead. I’d highly recommend taking the short drive from Salem if you ever find yourself in the area. I will put some pictures below, again these are very old (2005, 2009)
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