The Salem Witch House is the only remaining structure in town with direct ties to The Salem Witch Trials. You may also hear it referred to as “The Witch House,” or “The Jonathan Corwin House.”
Salem Witch House History
The latter designation refers to the home’s original owner, Witch Trials judge Jonathan Corwin. He served on the Court of Oyer and Terminer, which was responsible for sending 20 people to their deaths. The Salem Witch House remained a Corwin family property until the mid-1800’s. It was relocated to its current location, restored, and opened as a museum to the public in the mid-1900’s.
An added bit of interesting history about The Salem Witch House is that it wasn’t the only “Witch House” in Salem. StreetsOfSalem has an excellent examination of Salem’s other no-longer-existant witch house, complete with fascinating historical images.
The house is also quite haunted, second perhaps only to The Hawthorne Hotel. In fact, Ghost Adventures did an episode there and ToSalem favorite AmysCrypt has also covered the locale. Visitors have reported a variety paranormal phenomena over the years, including seeing the ghost of Corwin himself. Guests also experience apparitions’ touch, hear the untraceable laughter of children, and feel cold spots.
Your Visit to the Salem Witch House
The Salem Witch House is an unmatched example of its period’s architecture and displays varying relics. Inside, you’ll find tools, textiles, pottery, artwork, instruments, and much more. Additionally, there are fascinating placards that discuss some pretty offbeat history. Our favorites explore the topic of odd historical medicinal ingredients and practices.
Guided tours in The Salem Witch House is around $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $6 for kids. You can also just walk around the house without a guide for about 20% less. Additionally, there is a gift store on the way into the house.
Salem Witch House Location: 310 Essex St. Salem, MA 01970.
Hours: March 15 – November 15 10am-5pm. In October, management extends the hours and offers a performance piece featuring scary stories told inside the house. Call ahead for winter hours as they change, depending on the month.