The Salem witchcraft trials took place between February 1692 and May 1693. During the trials 19 people were convicted and 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 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."