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“Amazing Place to Visit - A Must See” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Rebecca Nurse Homestead

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: Historic Sites, Museums, History Museums, Cultural
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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.
Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago
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“Amazing Place to Visit - A Must See”
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 it was real. The ground is really nice to stroll through, there's the barn and the reproduction of the 1672 Salem Village Meeting House where many of the early hearings surrounding the Salem Witchcraft Hysteria took place. The stroll to the cemetery to the back of the property is very pleasant given the scenery. The granite memorial for Rebecca Nurse is really touching. It is highly suspected that her body is buried here, no one knows for certain. Her family stole her body from the shallow grave at Gallows Hill and secretly buried it somewhere; to date no one can say for sure where. A definite must see.

Visited November 2013
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Newark, Delaware
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“Awesome!”
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 her stuff. All the staff was pleasant and helpful.

The "museum" part in the other part of house was neat as well. Lots of historic stuff and even older stuff you will appreciate.

The video they have you watch in the other building was a little bit on longer side, but none the less informative for people who don't know the whole story.

Don't forget to see the FIRST witch trial memorial down the street. When you leave the homestead make a left, go down a little and make left on Hobart, and it's on left side a little bit of a ways down.

Visited October 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Takes you back in time.”
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!

First of all, the women who run these tours are so knowledgable and sweet. They give excellent information and often ask if anyone has questions. I had several, and the answers they gave assured me that they were not parroting back a script, but actually knew quite a lot about old Salem, Rebecca Nurse, and the cultural climate back in the 1690s. Very impressive.

The homestead itself is stunning, especially in the fall. It has three complexes: the home itself, which still has its attached garden as well as some pear and apple trees in the back; a barn-turned-gift-shop; and a recreation of the Salem meeting house which was originally just up the road. There's also a trail that leads to the family graveyard where Rebecca is allegedly buried. I was so excited to see the house because so many buildings related to the witch trials are no longer standing in Salem; therefore, it's hard to get an idea of what life was like back then. Seeing Rebecca Nurse's bedroom, her garden, her kitchen was like going back in time. It definitely was an insight to the way life was back then.

I also loved the recreated meeting house. Our guide had us sit in chairs while she stood at the pulpit — it was fun trying to imagine what it would have been like to spend six hours each Sunday there (three hours for religious services, another three for town meetings). Finally, the graveyard was such a special place. It's been alleged that the Nurse family dug Rebecca's body out of the mass grave on Gallows Hill and moved her to the property; they think she might be buried next to her husband because when he died, the graveyard did not yet exist, and yet he insisted on being buried in a very specific place on the property. Coincidence, perhaps? I'd like to think not. There's another convicted witch buried there as well: George Jacobs Sr. At the very least, we know where one out of all the Salem witches is buried, which comforts me.

All in all, a great afternoon spent at the Rebecca Nurse homestead. I would definitely recommend it for its historical value!

Visited October 2013
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“AMAZING tour!”
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 period, and explained the witch trials, the history of the community, and the history of the farmstead. She was excited about the history, and passed that on to everyone in our tour. It gave us a great perspective on how people of the 1690s would have lived their daily lives, and how the hysteria would have started.

I recommend taking the guided tour, you will not regret taking the time.

Visited September 2013
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“Reality Check”
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 see a family cemetery where there were many old old head stones.

Visited August 2013
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