Although Danvers is a short ride away from Boston, this bustling city was initially famous for its role in the 1692 Salem Witch Trials. Before Danvers became independent, it was called Salem Village because of its proximity to Salem, Massachusetts. Residents and tourists alike can find historical markers throughout the town that honor the victims of the Witch Trials.
Today, Danvers has a population of around 27,000 residents and has that small-town feel despite its consistent growth. It is located near Gloucester and Revere’s renowned beaches while also having its piece of land just touching a Crane River’s cove. This connects out to the South Essex Ocean Sanctuary.
Thanks to many inlets, Danvers has plenty of waterside access, like the Crane River, Ipswich River, and the Danvers River. The town is also home to several hills and historical villages that stretch through the city’s limits.
However, being so close to historical housing, hilly topography, and several rivers invites unwanted pests into residents’ homes year after year.