The Lyceum - Turner's Seafood

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Formerly the Lyceum and now Turner’s Seafood, the spot is said to be haunted by a woman in a long, white period dress on the staircase. She has also appeared as a reflection in mirrors. Some say the land on which it stands was once an apple orchard belonging to accused witch Bridget Bishop. Other apparitions and anomalies with electrical machinery also have been experienced at this site.

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43 Church St
Salem, MA 01970
United States

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42.5223911, -70.89523280000003
Essex County, Massachusetts
Nearest Towns:
Salem, MA (0.2 mi.)
Peabody, MA (1.7 mi.)
Marblehead, MA (2.4 mi.)
Beverly, MA (2.6 mi.)
South Peabody, MA (2.9 mi.)
Beverly Cove, MA (3.0 mi.)
Swampscott, MA (3.7 mi.)
Danvers, MA (4.0 mi.)
Lynn, MA (4.7 mi.)
Wenham, MA (5.7 mi.)


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  1. I had dinner here on my wedding night and the only spirits I encountered we bottled and behind the bar. I can’t by into the myth when it has things like ‘an orchard owned by ‘a victim of the witch craze. something that close to the town green would be very well documented, once you pull at a thread you know is false, the rest become harder to support.

  2. Back in 2004 in September, a group of us were upstairs and we were conducting a full moon ritual. At one point the curtains that separated the two room went erect. I mean this looked like some was standing there holding these curtains open!! Mind you no windows were open and the curtains were standing out STILL. There were many of us there that witnessed this. We did take photos, however no “ghosts” seen on camera. Another time I was in the back room upstairs around a table of 5 other women. I started to play with the fire on the candle when suddenly I felt a tug on my necklace (it was a chocker I had for 10 years and it was SOLID). Next thing you know the necklace came ripping off my neck and it fell into pieces. We all just stood there in awe! It was very wild. I was bummed as well since I loved that necklace. These events are the only two personal experiences that I have ever encountered there. This was enough to say “yes there is a haunt here”.

  3. I agree that this is a falsehood. However if memory serves me right around 1974 there was a marker on the ground in a narrow alley just west of the lyceum that stated something about Bridgett bishops house being there. If you are in the area you might want to check it out.

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