It Was Almost Destroyed
The Witch House in Salem, MA, attracts thousands of visitors every year, but its history is a lot more dark and complicated than meets the eye. The house is the only remaining structure that you can visit in Salem that has direct ties to the Salem witch trials of 1692. It was the home of Judge Jonathan Corwin, a local magistrate and civic leader who investigated the claims of witchcraft in town. He served on the Court of Oyer and Terminer, which ultimately led to the execution of 19 people for their "crimes," despite all 19 maintaining their innocence.
The house, which is located at 310 Essex Street, was purchased by Corwin in 1675. He lived there for nearly 40 years and it remained in his family until the mid-1800s. Because of its lasting impact on history, many museums around Salem have put together specialized overviews of the house, including the Salem Witch Museum, the Salem City Guide, and The Witch House. You can also check out photos from inside the house from people who have previously visited.
Whether you want to visit the famous spot on Halloween or learn more about the Salem witch trials, keep reading for 10 facts about the infamous witch house.