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The Witch House/Corwin House

310 Essex Street, PO Box 465, Salem, MA 01970
978 744 8815
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Ranked #18 of 42 attractions in Salem
Type: Historic Sites, Museums
Traveler Description:  The Witch House / The Corwin House   The "Witch House," as it is called (it is also more accurately known as "The Corwin House"), is Salem's only... more »
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Glenville, West Virginia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
18 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This is a nice place but it is just an old house where a district judge once lived. The cost of admission is a little high.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The name "The Witch House" is a bit of a misnomer, as it wasn't associated with a "witch" but with Jonathan Corwin, one of the judges of the infamous Witch Trials. Once you get past that, this house is really interesting. I loved all the information they had scattered about - information on herbs, Cunning Folk, midwifery, superstitions, etc. The... More

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Kilcullen, Ireland
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94 reviews 94 reviews
32 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I visited the witch house recently hoping to get a sense of the fear, hysteria and a maybe even a little hocus pocus! Sadly I was disappointed. What appears to be an interesting attraction from the outside, quickly turns to dullness when entering the drab gift /ticketing shop. The assistant was rather blunt when asked about what the tour itself... More

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Albany, NY
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72 reviews 72 reviews
6 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

My husband and I opted to walk thru the Witch House without the guided tour. The admission fee was a bit steep, and that is why I feel a bit hesitant to recommend the Witch House - once you get inside, you realize that you are just walking around a house that is a good example of the houses of... More

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West Milford, New Jersey
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45 reviews 45 reviews
35 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

This house really is a MUST SEE. I was not thrilled with the tour, as we went at a time of day / week when the tour was self guided. There were people in the house scattered about to answer questions but there were also a ton of other people in the house at the same time. We had bad... More

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Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 via mobile

I had a lot if fun in Salem!!! The witch house and history was exciting! I would go back next year for vacation if I could!

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Manitoba
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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 via mobile

You can see several of these period homes in Massachusetts and this one is no different. The real disappointing part is it's called The Witch House but no witches or alleged witches lived here. No torture took place. It was the house of the magistrate Corwin. I believe they should not call it Witch House and just keep it as... More

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Atlanta
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

My wife and I visited Salem on 6\21\14 and visited the Witch House. From the outside, it looked intriguing, which it was from a historical point of view. The marketing of this house relies too much on the "witch" angle. If you buy a ticket, you are paying for the privilege of walking through a good example of a 1700's... More

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

My husband and I decided on visiting Salem, MA on our Honeymoon. While entering this site, we were given half off for making us wait while the previous tour exited (which I heard happens quite often), so I believe it was well worth the visit! There is lots of stuff to look at in every room, including old furniture, clothes,... More

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Minot, ND
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34 reviews 34 reviews
19 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This was an authentic, historic representation of the 1600's witch era. This was a self-guided tour where reading the placards was necessary. It was a bit boring for my 10 year old, but interesting to the adults to understand the living conditions of the period. This was only about a 30 minute stop. We purchased our ticket as an add-on... More

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