In the summer of 1692, hundreds of people in this area were accused of practicing witchcraft, defined by the court of the time as a crime. The hysteria began in what is now Danvers, Massachusetts, and spread through communities as far north as Maine. Because the court was held in Salem Town, these events have come to be known as the Salem Witch Trials.

It is important to remember that, although the Puritans believed in witchcraft, none of the accused was actually a witch. Yet 20 people were put to death, victims of fear, superstition, and a court system that failed to protect them. The Salem Witch Trials have intrigued people ever since.

Much has been written about the trials.  You can also learn more on the websites of other local historic sites, such as the Salem Witch Museum and The Corwin House.

 

Hanged, June 10, 1692
Bridget Bishop, Salem

Hanged, July 19, 1692
Sarah Good, Salem Village
Rebecca Nurse, Salem Village2014_WTM_Winter_2724
Susannah Martin, Amesbury
Elizabeth Howe, Ipswich
Sarah Wildes, Topsfield

Hanged, August 19, 1692
George Burroughs, Wells, Maine
John Proctor, Salem Village
John Willard, Salem Village
George Jacobs, Andover
Martha Carrier, Andover

Pressed, September 19, 1692
Giles Corey, Salem Farms

Hanged,  September 22, 1692
Martha Corey, Salem Farms
Mary Easty, Topsfield
Alice Parker, Salem
Ann Pudeator, Salem
Margaret Scott, Rowley
Wilmot Redd, Marblehead
Samuel Wardwell, Andover
Mary Parker, Andover