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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.

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.

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17th-Century Life

For a great idea of life in late 17th-century Massachusetts, the Rebecca Nurse Homestead is the place. If you know the story of Rebecca Nurse (and who doesn't if you're visiting... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Sequim, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The volunteers who give tours at the homestead are very knowledgeable, so you’ll get more out of your visit than a self-guided tour. The homestead includes the original house built about 1678, plus several additions; the 1681 Endecott barn; a 19th century shoemaker’s shed; and a replica of the 1672 Salem Village Meeting House that was used in the film... More 

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Sequim, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

For a great idea of life in late 17th-century Massachusetts, the Rebecca Nurse Homestead is the place. If you know the story of Rebecca Nurse (and who doesn't if you're visiting this area?), it's even more interesting. It's now owned by a Revolutionary War re-enacting group and has a young woman who lives on-site, but she has a regular job... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My first visit here was 30 years ago, and not much has changed. Isn't that how a historic homestead should be managed? 'To lend a sense of timeless history...stepping back 337 years...without compromising the experience. The addition of the gift shop is the exception, and rightly so. Members of the Danvers Alarm List Company, volunteer 18th century reenactors operate the... More 

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Westland, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After wasting a day in Salem trying to find something that could teach about this time in American history, we were recommended here. By the time we arrived, the last tour of the day left (these are timed guided tours when they are open so check ahead of time if you plan on coming out) so we decided to check... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

The homestead is the actual home of Rebecca Nurse, who was hanged as a witch in 1692. Salem, the town, was busy this time of year so we opted to visit this place and I'm glad we did. Our guide is a local who knows her history. The homestead is well-preserved and they built a replica of the meeting house... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

My family and I had a great time here. The staff was very nice to all who visit. Very informative. We were allowed to walk the grounds and cemetery. Time era furniture, herbs, and more. There is a small store also. You can buy Tshirts, books, and other nice things. Rebecca Nurse was one of the wrongly accused in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Respectful and sensitive presentation of the life of a family during the witch trials. Our young guide, Cassy/Carrie(?) - sorry I didn't catch her name - was very knowledgable and gave an informative and passionate presentation about the life of Rebecca Nurse and the unfortunate and flimsy circumstances leading to her death as an accused witch. The live spinning demonstration... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

It was so exciting to see where my 9th Great grandmother Rebecca Nurse lived over 300 years ago. We took my twin sons who would be....the 10th great grandsons! The tour guide had lots of good facts to share. In the kitchen, did you know that the head of the family ate off of lead plates...yuck! Talk about lead poisoning.... More 

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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 

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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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