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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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Mission Viejo, California
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129 reviews 129 reviews
69 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

We took the tour of this home that was the home of the judge during the witch trials. The cost was a bit high and the home a it small but was very interesting to visit and read about the time in history.

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Willingboro, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

As one of the few remaining direct ties to the Salem Witch Trials, the Witch House was a fun way to spend some time on a hot afternoon. The house describes lots of facts about both the trials and the times, making for a good balance. The only real suggestion I would make to the House managers would be to... More

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

Our display media is a cultivated effect. We choose distressed, aged paper and fabric for our text and images, avoiding more polished and austere means whenever possible. It suits the atmosphere of the house and the history we are interpreting. We have received many compliments on our aesthetic in this regard. More

Glenville, West Virginia
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45 reviews 45 reviews
19 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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

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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103 reviews 103 reviews
33 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 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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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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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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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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