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Rebecca Nurse Homestead

149 Pine Street, Danvers, MA 01923
+1 978-774-8799
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Ranked #1 of 12 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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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

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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Newark, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

The actual house is awesome! And you can take pictures! :) The cemetery is only a few minute walk and worth it. Pretty neat history. It was my favorite place the entire trip. The upstairs is awesome too. They take small groups up there, so make sure you're not in a huge school group. The guide was excellent and knew... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

My mother and I came to Salem for a spooky Halloween weekend, but also wanted to know the history of the 1692 witch trials. I did my research and found that Rebecca Nurse's homestead was still standing in what is now Danvers, MA (formerly Salem Village). I knew at once we had to go — I'm so glad we did!... More

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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

This was one of our favorite experiences on our trip to Salem. I would highly recommend making the 15 minute journey from Salem to Danvers, as this location far surpassed anything available there in terms of history and price. It was a totally non-tacky look back to the time of the witch trials. Candace was extremely knowledgeable about the time... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

So wonderful to see places like this preserved so that we may experience part of our history. The tour guide was a young woman who was very informative and interesting to listen to. After the guided tour of the Nurse house and meeting place, we were able to walk around the grounds (30 acres remaining of the original 300) and... More

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

Unlike many tour locations/sites, this attraction is worth the visit. 28+ acres includes a reproduction of a community/social meeting house, a barn and the main house. Decent artifacts although not all period accurate displayed throughout the house. Cemetery at the back of the property worth the walk. As the tour guide pointed out the place is run by volunteers so... More

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Wallkill, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

If in the Salem area and you are interested in local history this is a must visit. If you are interested in how community hysteria can lead to innocent people being put in jail and executed this is a must visit. The staff there were helpful and informative.

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