What Are Some Attractions Along Massachusetts' Route 128?


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Attractions near Route 128 in Massachusetts include Buckman Tavern, the Salem Witch Museum and Hammond Castle. Route 128 runs from Gloucester in the northeast part of the state down to Canton, a city southwest of Boston. Most of the highway runs concurrently with both interstates. Since Route 128 serves as a major highway, many attractions sit near the highway as opposed to along it.

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Historic Buckman Tavern in Lexington was built in 1710. The significance of the structure includes the meeting place of Captain John Parker's militia. On the morning of April 19, 1775, Parker met with his militia members in the tavern before they engaged British troops on the bridge between Lexington and Concord.

The Salem Witch Museum gives visitors an idea of what happened during the Salem witch trials of 1692, thanks to 13 life-sized stage sets. Visitors can also see original documents related to the trials. The museum sits inside a renovated church building with a statue of Roger Conant out front.

John Hays Hammond Jr. built Hammond Castle between 1926 and 1929 along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean in Gloucester. Hammond wanted a huge place to house his vast collection of Roman and medieval artifacts. The grounds of the castle allowed Hammond to work on his gadgets as he invented more than 800 items, including the remote control. Visitors can view suits of armor inside this European-style castle as they take self-guided tours of the home.

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