‘Salem’ Season 2 behind-the-scenes: A brothel, a plague and some skinned rabbits

Posted at 10:16 AM, Apr 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-03 12:16:14-04

Mary Sibley's house on the 'Salem' set

On a plot of land nestled between a grouping of tall trees and a silent lake sits a town unlike any other around it. Scantily-clad women linger outside on the cobblestone streets, and gallows sit inside a traditional town square. The year might be 2015, but on the set of “Salem,” it still feels like its 1692.

For the WGN America series, Shreveport, LA doubles for the Massachusetts town of Salem, and it’s easy to get immersed in the world. When Zap2it visited the set in March, an old, worn man sitting on the steps of a small church greeted us by saying in a rough voice, “Welcome to Salem, we have a ball down here.”

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When it comes to “Salem”s’ interior and exterior sets, what you see is what you get. Mary Sibley’s house? It’s just as purple in real life. That pub John is always drinking at? There’s a fire crackling in the corner of the room. And what about Cotton Mather’s heavenly home? Pews and pews for everyone.

Take a look below at Zap2it’s behind-the-scenes photos of the series’ wicked exterior set to find out what the 17th century is really like, “Salem” style.

1. See? It’s an ‘actual’ town

The town of Salem on the Salem set in Shrevesport LA

2. The Sibley estate … enter if you dare

Mary Sibley's house on the set of Salem

3. Of course Mary’s view from her balcony is John Alden’s house …

John Aldean's house on the set of Salem

4. … and the gallows

Gallows in the town square on the Salem set

5. The ladies of Salem’s brothel never take a break

Brother on the Salem set

6. Say hello to the infirmary for those with the plague

Plague infirmary on the set of Salem

7. Don’t worry, Dr. Wainwright is going to try and cure them all

Dr Wainwright's office on the set of Salem

8. Skinned rabbit, anyone?

Skinned rabbits on the Salem set

“Salem” premieres Sunday, April 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on WGN America.