Salem, Massachusetts

The Witch House of Salem

The only structure left with direct ties to the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692


The Salem witchcraft trials took place between February 1692 and May 1693.

During the trials, 185 were accused, 59 were tried, 31 were found guilty, and 19 were executed. Those final unfortunates were hanged, and one man was crushed to death while being tortured.

Among the judges who convicted the witches (based on "spectral evidence" or "testimony of the afflicted who claimed to see the shape of the person who was allegedly afflicting them") was Jonathan Corwin, whose home is today, known as the House of Seven Gables, is the only structure left with direct ties to the trials.

Today the house is museum focusing on 17th-century living. It's one of the last remaining links to a time in American history when people were hanged because they supposedly afflicted pain by the use of "venomous and malignant particles, that were ejected from the eye."

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    310 1/2 Essex Street, Salem, Massachusetts, 01970, United States
  • Cost
    Guided House Tour Adult $10.25 Senior $ 8.25 Child (7-14) $ 6.25 Self-guided House Tour Adult $8.25 Senior$6.25 Child (6-14) $4.25 Children Under 6 are free
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