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The Jonathan Corwin House in Salem, Massachusetts, USA, 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.


Jonathon Corwin

In 1675, Jonathan Corwin, heir to one of the largest Puritan fortunes in New  England, purchased this large and stately house.  Seventeen years later, Corwin and his family would take part in the most famous Witch Hunt in American History.

Tours of the Corwin House, now known as the Witch House, connect elements of everyday life with the events punctuating history's timelines.  

Through examination of family life, architecture and furniture of the seventeenth  century, visitors gain a deeper comprehension of the people involved in the Witch  Trials and an enriched
understanding of America's colonial heritage.

HOURS OF OPERATION:

March 15-November 15 10am-5pm (Last entry into museum is 4:45pm)

Winter Hours (November 16-March 14) Thursday-Sunday 12pm -4pm

ADMISSION:
TOUR TICKETS ARE SOLD AT THE MUSEUM GIFT SHOP.  DISCOUNT RATES AND  
SPECIALIZED TOURS MAY BE AVAILABLE FOR INDIVIDUAL, GROUP, AND SCHOOL TOURS:

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

CONTACT US:
MAIL:310 1/2 Essex Street Salem, Massachusetts  01970
PHONE: 978-744-8815
FAX: 978-741-0578
EMAIL: info@witchhouse.info


DIRECTIONS:
THE WITCH HOUSE IS LOCATED AT 310 1/2 ESSEX STREET SALEM, MA 01970.
WE ARE LOCATED ON THE CORNER OF ROUTE 114 & ESSEX STREET IN DOWNTOWN SALEM, 16 MILES NORTH OF BOSTON.

BY CAR:  FROM RTE. 128 NORTH TAKE EXIT 25A AND FOLLOW RTE. 114 EAST INTO SALEM.

BY TRAIN:  FROM SALEM STATION (NEWBURYPORT/ROCKPORT LINE), WALK AHEAD TO WASHINGTON STREET AND TURN
RIGHT ON ESSEX STREET.

For more information on the happenings in Salem visit Destination Salem for tourism information, Haunted Happenings for all things Halloween and Creative Salem for the locals guide to cool Salem happenings.

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The Salem Witchcraft Trials

  Elizabeth Batts Cook

Elizabeth Batts Cook

The newly arrived colonists traveled from England with their fears of witchcraft fully intact. Accusations, witch hunts and trials were a familiar and accepted part of their lives.  Indeed, within a short time of settling these shores, there were a number of trials and even executions for what was considered a capital and felonious crime.  

Certainly, the largest and most famous of these  unfortunate
episodes is the Salem Witch Crisis of  1692.  Beginning in
the early winter months of 1692 and carrying  on until May
of the following year the people of the colony would see 19
people hanged.

At the Witch House we offer the latest research and    
scholarship on how the trials began and the               
circumstances that brought them to an end.

The University of Virginia has undertaken a remarkable
digitization process that makes it possible to view the
original documents as well as their direct transcripts.  

The link is here:

 Witch Trial Documents