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Rebecca Nurse Homestead

149 Pine Street, Danvers, MA 01923
+1 978-774-8799
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Ranked #1 of 11 Attractions in Danvers
Type: History Museums, Museums, Historic Sites
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. Open seasonally 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. « less
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Palo Alto, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This is the former home of one of the women accused of and executed for witchcraft during the Salem witch hysteria. Although its a reminder of some terrible times It is now a peaceful retreat in the midst of an otherwise bustling modern community. The house is well-kept in its original condition. On the property is also a reconstruction of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

After visiting Salem, it was a pleasant change to visit someplace where the events of 1692 and the Salem Witch Trials actually took place (ex. in Salem, no one really knows where the executions took place, where the executed were buried, etc.). This real Nurse family home was a great tour and well-worth the time and cost. If you already... More

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Wooster, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Skip the hokey tours in Salem and visit the Rebecca Nurse Homestead. Here you will find a beautifully preserved property, including the historical Nurse home, reproduction meeting house, and graveyard. The tour guides were intelligent and passionate.

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Salem, Ma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

If you want a historically accurate house tour about the Salem Witch Trials, do not miss the Rebecca Nurse Homestead. It is a must see for history buffs. The grounds are beautiful and well kept. There is a historic graveyard on the property. The story of Rebecca Nurse is very interesting and well interpreted. The actual house tour was informative... More

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The Rebecca Nurse house is a must see if you are visiting Danvers. The grounds are awesome and the docent/tour guide Lisa was fantastic !!!! We had five kids in our group and Lisa kept them interested the entire time plus she patiently answered all of our questions!!!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I knew I had to see it when I was in Salem. I knew about Rebecca Nurse and her case before visiting. It is worth seeing

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Great historical site for families to visit. We went during the Danvers Family Festival so admission was free.

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Marlton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

Who better than a direct descendant of Rebecca Nurse to give tours of this property? The tour was very interesting, giving a thorough history of Rebecca and the witch trials. I was happy that they allow you to take pictures inside the house. You also have the option of visiting her grave across the lawn at the back of the... More

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San Francisco, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

Having 1st read of this beloved and tragically wronged pillar of her community 50 years previously (and over the intervening years chanced to befriend 2 of her descendants) I found it very moving to visit the home where she had grown old but was robbed of the chance to die peacefully in her own bed. A reproduction of that period's... More

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Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

The Rebecca Nurse Homestead is not just well maintained but really is a beautiful sight especially in the fall. The house is set up just as it would have been in 1692 and really tells the story of how people lived back then. The black cat sitting at the window gave me the spooks at first but then I realized... More

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