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Address: 149 Pine Street, Danvers, MA 01923
Phone Number: +1 978-774-8799
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The Rebecca Nurse Homestead sits on 25+ acres of an original 300 acres...

The Rebecca Nurse Homestead sits on 25+ acres of an original 300 acres occupied by Rebecca Nurse and her family from 1678 until 1798. This is the only home of a person executed during the Salem Village Witchcraft Hysteria of 1692 open to the public. Another unique feature is a reproduction of the 1672 Salem Village Meeting House where many of the early hearings surrounding the Salem Witchcraft Hysteria took place. Located on the grounds is the Nurse Family Cemetery. It has been a longstanding family tradition that Rebecca's son and husband retrieved her body after her execution and secretly buried it here. A monument with a poem by John Greenleaf Whittier was erected years later to commemorate this. Recently another victim of the Hysteria, George Jacobs, was buried here after being found in the middle of the last century on his former property in a lone unmarked grave. This is the only known burial site of anyone convicted of witchcraft during the Salem trials.

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May-November Saturday & Sunday 10-3

July & August extended summer hours Wednesday-Sunday 10-3

October extended hours Friday-Sunday 10-3

  The Rebecca Nurse Homestead is a private non-profit museum owned by the Danvers Alarm List Coy. It is an entirely volunteer group of 18th century living history reeanactors that portray the militia, minute and alarm companies of Danvers and surrounding communities. The Alarm List Coy. Presents its impression to the public through demonstrations, exhibitions, parades, living history encampments and battle reenactments.

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A Small Gem Off the Beaten Path

The Rebecca Nurse homestead is a wonderfully preserved seventeenth-century house on a beautiful piece of property. I came knowing a pretty good deal about the witchcraft hysteria... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Milton, New Hampshire
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Milton, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

The Rebecca Nurse homestead is a wonderfully preserved seventeenth-century house on a beautiful piece of property. I came knowing a pretty good deal about the witchcraft hysteria that gripped Salem Village (now Danvers) in 1692, and I was excited to visit a place where one of the victims had actually lived. There is a short trail out to the old... More 

Concord, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We went to the Rebecca Nurse house because my husband has been reading about the witch trials. Our guide was a Salem State student, Lisa. She was well informed on all the various theories around what occurred in Salem Village in 1692. It was great to listen to her explain her own studies into the subject.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We arrived early before opening, but we were still able to drive in and enjoy the grounds. Let's face it, though the grounds are very nice and it's very interesting to see the old buildings, the story of Rebecca Nurse towards her end is not a happy one, even though there was no credible evidence against her during the witch... More 

Danvers, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

I visited the homestead for their 18th century cooking demonstration. The presenter, Niamh, was extremely knowledgable and fun to listen to. This was a special event not on the regular tour but don't let that stop you from visiting this amazing site. If you want to learn about the witchcraft hysteria and see authentic buildings in a farmland setting, you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

We stopped by here as somewhat of an afterthought during a visit to Salem for the 1692 witchcraft tourism stuff. It's a bit of an effort as it is in the next town over (Danvers), but does not take long and is well worth it. It's a lovely piece of property - quite large yard/field/meadows with an intriguing old family... More 

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

We arrived a few hours before it opened, so I knew we wouldn't be able to see inside. I was grateful that there was no locked gate on the entrance, so we were able to drive up, and look around and take photos of the outside. What a meticulously clean and maintained place! It's beautiful, and I hope if we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

So interesting!! Learned more about Salem here than in Salem! Found most buildings in Salem not authentic or moved but this is very true to the era Docent the day we visited was a history teacher, thus very knowledgeable and informative

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

The day we arrived at The Rebecca Nurse Homestead they were closed.. But they graciously said we could look around. So on that note the grounds were well maintained and as we were "scoping" things out we read the plaques and thought it was quite interesting. Some day, we would like to go back when they are open.

Danvers, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Interested in witchcraft or historical homes history, this is the place to visit. The home of Rebecca Nurse, accused of witchcraft in the 1600s, is well maintained with a number of other buildings. You may feel as if you stepped back in time. Photographer's will find a lot to photograph!

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Cleveland, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

This was a great place to visit for history. The tour guide really knew his stuff and also added a little bit of humor every now and then. Kept it interesting. You really got to see how they lived back then by walking through the house. Loved hearing the stories. Glad they kept this place up and around for people... More 

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