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Bewitched: Twitching good photos

Salem Bewitched Statue
Jonathan Wiggs / Globe Staff
Salem Bewitched Statue.

‘Bewitched’ statue

Lappin Park, corner of Essex and Washington streets

Admission: Free

Star-gazing

She arrived on a bronze broom seven years ago, unwittingly stirring the pot in the Witch City. But the 7½-foot-tall bronze statue has since become the most popular spot for tourists to snap keepsake photos. “Everybody wants their picture taken with Samantha,” said Kate Fox, executive director of Destination Salem, the city’s tourism group. “She’s whimsical.” But she wasn’t welcomed by all. When the TV Land Network announced it wanted to erect a tribute to twitchy-nosed TV witch Samantha Stephens, it reignited an age-old historical tussle. Some residents, including Historical Commission members, argued the statue was insensitive to the victims of the 1692 Salem Witch Trials. Others argued the tribute was fitting, since “Bewitched” filmed a few episodes in town in 1970. The statue depicts the character played by the late actress Elizabeth Montgomery, sitting side-saddle on a broom, with a crescent-shaped moon.

Kathy McCabe can be reached at kmccabe@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @GlobeKMcCabe.