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“Really Touching” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Witch Trials Memorial

Witch Trials Memorial
176 Hobart Street, Danvers, MA 01923
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Ranked #2 of 12 Attractions in Danvers
Type: Monuments/ Statues, Museums
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Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago
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“Really Touching”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

This memorial is well done and well kept, really heart breaking when you think of what happened and what a sad time in history this really was. The many innocents who were wrongfully accused and tortured. The memorial is across the street from where they were publicly accused; the original site of the Salem Village Meeting House, where most of the witchcraft trials were held before moving to Salem proper. The memorial was completed in 1992 and is a magnificent sight. The memorial granite wall has the names of the accused engraved along with their origin and quotes of innocence and there is a large granite monument to the front entitled the Book of Life with two large steel leg shackles. There's also a smaller granite monument to the front showing the patrons and sponsors of this memorial. Danvers was originally Salem Village before changing it's name; where the 1692 witch hysteria started. When I visited, less than two weeks ago, I was told that the reason for changing the name is because they didn't want to be acknowledged as where the witch hysteria begun due to their mistakes and wrongful accusations; although written research suggests other reasons as well.

Visited November 2013
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“A memorial located at the epicenter of the witchcraft tragedy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013 via mobile

Some may wonder why the Witchcraft Victims Memorial is in Danvers rather than Salem, given that Salem usually comes to mind when thinking of the witchcraft hysteria of 1692. The explanation is that Danvers was once a part of Salem known as Salem Village, and the first accusations of witchcraft were made by young girls living in Salem Village. Later, in the mid-1700s, Salem Village was established a separate town and took on the new name of Danvers. So, Danvers was really at the center of the witchcraft tragedy. The town remembers its connection to the tragedy in a quiet but powerful way with this memorial.

The memorial is located on a residential street in front of some athletic fields; this may seem an odd location, but it is, in fact, across the street from the site of the Salem Village Meeting House where examinations of some of the accused were conducted. The rather massive monument employs lots of symbolism, and I find most poignant the Book of Life, which symbolizes truth and reminds us that the accused who maintained their innocence (truth) were sadly those who lost their lives. Large tablets behind the Book of Life list the names and towns of residence of the 24 accused (they are from Salem Village as well as many other communities in northeastern Massachusetts). Quotes from several of the accused are displayed on several of the tablets.

The memorial is quite easy to find; if visiting the Rebecca Nurse Homestead, it’s less than a five-minute drive away and well-worth the detour. You can park on the street. I often stop for a short visit when I am nearby as the memorial offers a good opportunity to reflect on this tragic era of our history.

Visited August 2013
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“Pretty cool”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

You don't hear too much about this place. It's pretty cool and not a crowded tourist area. Only a few minutes from Nurse Homestead

Visited October 2013
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“Heartfelt!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

The memorial was tastefully and respectfully done to honor those falsely accused and wrongly murdered. I visited in October, which was probably not the best time to go with Halloween approaching, but went to pay my respects. I recently learned I am a direct descendant to one of the men who were hung. It pleased me to see such a nice memorial in his and all of their honor.

Visited October 2013
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“okay but not great”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

I was expecting much more and much better displays and layout.

Not at all what we expected and had been looking forward to at this attraction

Visited August 2013
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