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The Witch House, Salem

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The Witch House is the only original building in the city with a direct connection to the 1692 Salem witch trials. Once the home of Judge Jonathan Corwin, the houses stayed in his family until the mid-19th century. Legend has it that the judge presided on the jury that condemned 19 innocent people to death during the witch trials, but--contrary to popular belief--none of the accused was ever brought to his home. The house and its museum serve as a rare example of 17th-century architecture in the United States. Using our online itinerary creator, Salem attractions like The Witch House can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The Judge's house was amazing. Seeing the conditions of how the "well off" lived in a house built in the 1600s. I am very thankful to live in the 21st century. A college historian was on staff and gav...  more »
  • It's $8 to visit this old house where one of the judges who decided the fate of those (wrongly) accused of witchcraft lived. The place is filled with old memorabilia and there is a man there to answer...  more »
  • It was a cold and rainy June day when we happened upon this place. I LOVED IT! This was just what I wanted to see when I visited Salem. It was quite awesome to see an amazing piece of history and to a...  more »
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  • I went in not knowing what kind of tour I would get. I was shocked and delighted to find out they had experts with the ability to answer any question I had about witches and that time. Some of the furniture and Things lying around the house were amazing to see. It's not very often you see clocks and furniture from the 17th century
  • Really neat to see. The woman made sure my kids felt safe and that there were no real witches around. She was very kind.
  • This is the house of the judge who presided over the witch trials. It is an intruding view into life during that time period. It is well preserved and worth a visit.
  • Not a bad little place about $8 self guided tour through a few rooms down stairs and a few rooms upstairs. They also say its haunted...
  • First place we visited once we arrived in Salem. At a glance, it's dark exterior coupled with the name it was given, it casts a spooky shadow on an otherwise active and somewhat busy street corner. But the creepiness falls away to something more like intrigue once you've learned about the history of this house and how is yours in to the mystique that permeates the small town of Salem, Massachusetts... I suggest it to anyone who's interested in Salem historical past or to those who may wonder what it was like to live as a Quaker in colonial Massachusetts.

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Where to stay in Salem

There are a number of accommodations within walking distance of downtown, enabling you to make the most of Salem’s nightlife and dining options. Those who want a room rich with character should look to the outskirts of the city. There you can find a number of charming bed and breakfasts, several of which are in restored century-old homes. A house or apartment rental is ideal if you're on vacation for a longer period of time.
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