“salem's only still-standing building with ties to the witch trials”
The Jonathan Corwin House in Salem, Massachusetts, known as The Witch House, was the home of Judge Jonathan Corwin (1640–1718) and is the only structure still standing in Salem with direct ties to the Salem witch trials of 1692, thought to be built between 1620 and 1642. Corwin bought it in 1675 when he was 35, and he lived there for more than 40 years; the house remained in the Corwin family until the mid-19th century. It is located at 310 Essex Street at the intersection of North Street and Summer Street in the McIntire Historic District.
Corwin was called upon to investigate the claims of diabolical activity when a surge of witchcraft accusations arose in Salem Village (now Danvers) and neighboring communities. He took the place of Judge Nathaniel Saltonstall, who resigned after the execution of Bridget Bishop. Corwin served on the Court of Oyer and Terminer, which ultimately sent 19 people to the gallows.
The house is an excellent example of 17th-century New England architecture, although historians are unsure of the date when it was built. Corwin family lore maintains that it was built in 1642, but some scholars claim that it was built in the 1620s or 1630s and that Roger Williams lived in it in the before he founded Providence Plantations.
The house was moved about 35 feet to its current location in the 1940s when the adjacent street was widened. It was restored to look as it would have in the 17th Century and the gambrel roof was altered. It is now a museum operated by the City of Salem and is open seasonally. In 2011, the Ghost Adventures crew featured it during season 4.
Not much in the way of witchcraft here but a nice freeze frame of the houses from this time period. The cost of admission was $8 per person and was a strong learning experience.
This was a nice little museum to visit, if only to get a taste of 17th Century life. The price of admission was reasonable, and there was a lot of information available to read. Even with all of the reading, it is a quick walk-through, but well worth a visit.
Creepy...gives an unusual feeling....even more creepy is the church in the background...Oh and don't be fooled this is the only structure still standing from the era!
Such a great place to visit, we included Salem on our Complete US Road Trip!
This is such a cool and creepy place to visit, especially during October's "Haunted Happenings"!
The Salem witch trials did not happen in the present town of Salem, but in a village that was called Salem Village at the time of the trials. If you’d like to visit the real location of the trials, it is now called Danvers.
For the price of $16.25 per person (adult), it wasn’t the greatest. It was dark and hard to read the plaques. We went in the middle of October and the place was packed. It was hard to move around the tight place and see everything. There didn’t seem to be a limit to how many people could go in at once. It IS the only structure left from the witch trails but in my opinion it’s not worth the money to go inside.
More historical than witchcraft. Very small. Glad to say I've seen it but don't expect much.
This is a quick stop. Creepy home. Lots of history inside.
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