There is more to Danvers than most North Shore visitors know

TOWN: Danvers
WHAT:A suburban North Shore town that has more to it than meets the eye
WHY:Beautiful old gentleman farms to visit and the North Shore's longest rail trail

The charms of this suburban community on Boston's North Shore reveal themselves slowly.

Despite its proximity to two nearby shopping malls, Danvers downtown commercial district has survived – and thrived – in recent years. Can one town really support so many coffee shops, restaurants and shops? The answer is yes, indeed. A stop in Danvers center is rewarding, whether its for a quick bite, a special latte and scone or a nice dinner at one of several very good restaurants.

The town includes much suburban sprawl, but nicely kept Colonial-era houses dot the older neighborhoods. It's no surprise as Danvers hosted the famous witch trials, along with neighboring Salem of which it was part of at the time.

Visit the Rebecca Nurse Homestead, the home of one of 19 victims of the witch trials. for a feel of life over 300 years ago and stroll the beautiful 25-acre grounds. You'll learn about the family tragedy of 1692. Or drop in at family-friendly Endicott Park and enjoy a historic gentleman's farm tour, with live animals, a nature center and picnic area. Nearby, you can visit Glen Magna Farms and enjoy a guided tour, or simply stroll through the gardens, event schedule permitting. With its beautiful formal gardens and imposing estate house, it's a popular venue for weddings and other celebrations. 

We'll be posting additional ideas for your next Danvers visit in months to come.