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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 #19 of 44 attractions in Salem
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Falkirk, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

We didn't know what to expect when we arrived at this museum. Being in one of the actual structures from the time of the witch trials was an experience in itself and reading the stories was fascinating, but what made the visit and brought the episode to life was the guide and the answers she gave to our numerous questions.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Very cool to see these types of old homes. It was especially beautiful in October with the vibrant orange leaves against the black siding oh the house. There was no tour guide, it was self guided, but still interesting if you stop to read all the little plaques.

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Salem, Massachusetts
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42 reviews 42 reviews
11 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Although this house underwent transformation over the centuries, it has been brought back to its 17th century appearance when Judge Corwin lived here. There are some rumors that Roger Williams lived here prior to his expulsion from Massachusetts and his founding of Providence Plantation (RI), I say rumors because there doesn't seem to be any definitive evidence either way to... More

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167 reviews 167 reviews
20 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

We asked for a guided tour and were brushed off, so we took the self guided. I think that was a mistake. It is an interesting house built in the late 1600s, but the only connection to the witch trials is that one of the judges involved once lived there. There are some interesting antiques but many of the papers... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

This is a very neat place. I was here on Halloween which made this an even cooler place to go to! I wish that there were more items to see but to have the house and what was in it still preserved was cool enough.

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Ontario
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43 reviews 43 reviews
21 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

It's a very quick walk-thru. Staff is readily available for any questions about the house you might have and are very knowledgeable. It was different times that's for sure.

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San Francisco, CA
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

I happened to be the only person waiting for a tour, but the guide was as thorough as if she had a large audience. Questions were welcome and she was well informed. One tiny detail I found touching was a framed piece of silverware which had belonged to one of the wronged men who was hanged as a witch.

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Springfield - Delaware County, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

This was our second year visiting the Eerie evenings at the The Witch House and we absolutely loved it!! It was one of our favorite things during our stay. We also visited Haunted Nights at Pioneer Village which is also run by the The Witch House and it was a great time. The Witch House changes the stories every year... More

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Providence, Rhode Island, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
23 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

The house was entirely re-done. There was not a single original artifact, everything was made "in the style" of the original house, no genuine history. There was one "assumably" original door in the back of the bedroom, and one little patch of missing wall which showed off the "original" foundation. Even the view out the window wasn't original, the house... More

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Elizabeth P, Manager at The Witch House/Corwin House, responded to this review

How unfortunate to have been in the only structure remaining in Salem that holds any direct ties to the witchcraft trials of 1692, and mistake it for a near reproduction. I think the confusion may have come from the information shared about the original door to the attic. The door frames and doors were certainly redone the house over to... More

Columbus, Ohio
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

Very informative .Many myths and tales that we heard about this,were not true. The staff was very organized and could answer questions.

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