Excommunication AirBNB

Excommunication AirBNB

From Rebecca Boyer

I'm trying to raise money to establish a new AirBNB in Salem, Massachusetts of a more spooky and creepy nature.

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3 months ago

To get this off the ground, I thought about actually commissioning a friend to come up with some artwork for a logo for the potentially new business. I have some ideas, but I haven't really settled on anything set yet so I am totally open to ideas.

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When I was an elementary school kid, I first visited the city of witches during a class field trip. The first stop was the Salem Witch Museum with its towering façade of sharp points in brick and iconic antique windows. It was raining as our bus unloaded my small class to the yawn of it's large cathedral doors which looked much more menacing in the gloomy atmosphere of fog laden streets and chilly breeze. It felt more like stepping onto the set of a horror movie than into a museum, but I followed my teachers, classmates, and chaperones into the large, dark room with shadowed figures waiting for their turn in the light of the presentation. As the lights dimmed further and the circle on the floor glowed red, I was terrified and not just by the darkness and the eerie narration, but the fact that what I was learning had actually happened; that it was actually legal and how people had died because of superstition and fear. My anxiety increased exponentially when the presenter's voice announced my own name as one of the accused and hanged women. My classmates and my own mother oohed at me and continued to call me a witch after the trip and it scared me so much so that I swore that night as I tried to sleep in the hotel that the door would be broken down and that the community would be waiting to drag ten-ish year old me towards the gallows. 

Funnily enough, as an adult, I find myself completely obsessed with the stories of 1692 Salem and all the terrifying history of the madness and hysteria in those ten months of terror that flooded the town. I've visited a few times and never feel satisfied; always wanting to know more and more, see everything two or more times, walk the city streets that powerful women walked to face their fate of an unfairness that continues today. 

About a year ago or so, I found myself in a daydream of being able to relocate myself and my family so that we could spend everyday as Witch City residents rather than tourists, but that isn't completely feasible with my husband's trade. The obsession of occupancy never waned and instead became fueled, a characteristic of mine that isn't always a good trait. 

After countless articles on the internet that boasted new stays that people had created in their own homes like the Barbie Dream House in California, to a Blockbuster themed stay somewhere I don't remember where, I found my mind unravelling at just the thought of a themed space in the city that I feel is my second home.

A room that would serve as a library of horror with velvet furniture and dark walls to drink a rich Pinot Noir and admire how bloody it looked in the light of a vintage lamp while reading The Silence of The Lambs. The bathroom encased in vines and snake plants with tapered candles that dripped eerily over themselves beside bleeding holders that dribbled pools down the walls. Bones. Bones everywhere. An alter that would serve its purpose but also a history of all who accommodated the space. More and more thoughts that would probably fill a mansion with things and feelings and aesthetics. 

I'm continuing to think of ways to make this dream a reality, but I'm not a businessperson or a project coordinator. Hell, I can barely find time to wash my dishes every other day, but I feel like this can be a reality with all the passion that I hold in my heart that started with fear. An endeavor like this is also pretty scary to grasp with the responsibilities, but there's something about it that makes me feel like this is something that I was absolutely meant to do.

I'll update with offers and rewards for donations, but as I'm in the beginnings of this hopeful project, those will be to come. 

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To get this off the ground, I thought about actually commissioning a friend to come up with some artwork for a logo for the potentially new business. I have some ideas, but I haven't really settled on anything set yet so I am totally open to ideas.

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