Witch House
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The only remaining Salem structure with direct ties to the witch trials of 1692.
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James W
Clearwater, FL548 contributions
This is likely the oldest house in Salem and a key historical element of the witch trials. It is a must see. The house and its contents are extremely well preserved. The various rooms do have exhibits with written explanations. Also, a guide gives a nice tour. I learned a lot by asking questions of the docent near the door. We went here first during our tour of the city and it provided an excellent starting point. You do have to make reservations to get in as the house is small and the number of people inside at one time is limited.
Written June 27, 2021
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Tessa
United States164 contributions
Friends
I love history and the Salem witch trials, so this house was absolutely the coolest thing to see! Tours are $9 and they’re only allowing 4 people in at a time (for covid-19). The juxtaposition of this old house with the updated residential homes is something I’m sure they were thinking of back in the late 1600s. Workers are also EXTREMELY friendly, helpful, and knowledge. If you’re in Salem, I HIGHLY recommend this!
Written September 25, 2020
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Pauline W
Barnard Castle, UK81 contributions
This sits right out of the far end of Essex street and it opens at 10am. It is where a main character of the 1690's, Jonathan Corwin lived with his family. He was a wealthy and well connected individual who took part in encouraging the witch trials and interrogated some of the innocent people. The museum also gives a good insight into the lives of the elite in Salem in the late seventeenth century
Written September 18, 2022
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Amjschmitz
Chicago, IL115 contributions
Couples
This is basically a scam. First, the house has nothing to do with witches. A judge involved with the Salem witch trials used to live here. That’s the connection. A woman working here even confirmed that was the connection when we asked why it was called the witch house. It’d be kind of like calling Joe McCarthys house “the communist house”. It makes no sense. Unless you’re entire purpose is to trick people. The stuff in the house doesn’t really relate either. Like one entire room is dedicated to antiques about how people made fabric in the 17th century and there is a big weaving loom. Almost all antiques are simply 17th century household items that have no actual connection to the house or the trials. The few things that do relate to witches in general also have no direct connection to the house or the Salem witch trials, and you can see that stuff or better at pretty much any of the other Salem exhibits in town. We went to several different tours/exhibits and this was the only one that felt like a complete waste of time and money.

The other big problem was time. We paid online for our tickets/time and arrived on time for the stated 4:45pm tour. Not five minutes later the woman who lets us in tells us the house is closing in ten minutes. Like, what?? There are only four rooms to see but even if you only read half the plaques in the house, it’ll take you at least 15 minutes. We were reminded twice more that the place was closing over the next few minutes and the closer it got to closing, you could feel the employees staring (or more likely glaring) at you and they made sure to be very visible, like they were herding us (and the other couple on our time slot) toward the exit. We left like a minute or more early because it was getting uncomfortable and there wasn’t much to see we hadn’t seen elsewhere that day anyway. And I swear I was hearing them shut and lock doors behind us even though we left early.

Look, if you want to close at EXACTLY 5pm, don’t charge people for a ticket YOU dictate starts at 4:45pm for an exhibit that clearly takes longer than 15 minutes just to go through the motions, let alone enjoy at your leisure. Honestly, if nobody had said anything to us I can’t imagine we would’ve stayed even a full 20 minutes because there just isn’t much to see. But it would’ve been nice to look at stuff without feeling dagger eyes in your back. Also, name it “the judge house”.
Written August 14, 2021
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cj2148
New York City, NY27 contributions
Couples
Avoid this place at all costs during the pandemic. The staff clearly has no idea how to handle visitors during this time and is serious need of some sensitivity training. The man guarding the house/grounds at 11:30a on 11/18 was incredible rude and abrasive when people were simply just trying to figure out where they can photograph the house. He made me feel like I was doing something illegal in trying to take a picture of the house and made me feel very uncomfortable. I asked his name and he refused to tell me, clearly because he knew he was being unjustly rude and abrasive. He was wearing a city of Salem yellow vest and a baseball hat. The city of Salem certainly needs to learn how to train their workers better to be kind of the people paying money to visit their town and keep businesses open during this time.
Written October 18, 2020
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Kai Bishop
Corryton, TN7 contributions
Couples
Starting off, the house itself is amazing from the outside. You can tell it has so much history and I mean, who doesn’t want to take a picture with The Witch House.

Will the inside exhibit was interesting, I found my whole experience to be lacking. With it being call the Witch House, I expected there to be a little more information on that, or even just Judge Corwin himself.

I also think this would be a really great guided tour. Even though it is a smaller exhibit, there is so much history that could be detailed with someone who is knowledgeable that it could really be seen as “The Witch House” and could be beneficial to history. I felt like I learned more about the house itself on the guided tour of Salem than I did around the house. The Daniel House Tour, for example, let us see a total of 2 rooms and then the outside of the House, but I absolutely loved the tour because the person giving it explained so much detail on the house and history of the house that how could you no enjoy it. He also related the history and even explained why the house made it through the 350 years it has stood when most of them did not. This is all information and structuring that the Witch House would really benefit from.

Finally. The biggest negative was the staff. They seemed to just be there as body guards to make sure you don’t take pictures, than to actually answer questions. I also scheduled the tour online for 4:45pm. There are instructions outside the house that says to stand there and the staff will let you in. Well, they didn’t end up letting us in until 4:50pm. Then after exploring one room they said that we would need to be out of the house by 5. So we rushed through the house to see the exhibit as they closed everything. There was one room I wasn’t able to see because they had already shut it down. For a 4 room exhibit, it make it hard to really have a great experience with such limitations. So it was just a tad frustrating. They shouldn’t have that time set as option if they are just going to immediately force people out.

With all that said, it was something that I wanted to see and I’m glad that I did see it, but it is something that I won’t be going to again and am content on taken picture with outside.
Written October 11, 2021
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Reina P
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Family
Nicely preserved historical home. We learned it was not a home of one of the accused but was one of the judges who sentenced “witches” to hang. It has several exhibits on items such as medicine, living conditions, maternity, etc. The historians in the house were able to answer questions throughly. Worth the admission but make sure you have cash in case the credit machine doesn’t work. My elementary aged kids enjoyed themselves too.
Written September 21, 2022
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Ericka
29 contributions
Couples
You need a reservation for the Witch House. It's a quick self-guided tour but they have really interesting information on smaller details of the witch trials and life at the time including info about CORPSE MEDICINE. Yeah. Unfortunately you only get 10 minutes for your visit and the speediest speed reader couldn't read all the info in that time so that was a bummer.
Written August 25, 2021
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Jennifer
Mize, MS60 contributions
Friends
Don’t just take a picture! Go inside and take the tour. The self-guided, short tour is well worth the fee. Actual history of Puritan daily life, witch accusations, and medicine. There is also a cool little gift shop. Don’t miss the purple window panes.
Written September 12, 2022
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Dr. Steve B
Nanticoke, PA232 contributions
Couples
The house of the judge from the Salem witch trials is the only original building dating back to the trials. This house is rich in history — no hype, just pure history. It is amazing to think that some of the suspected witches were interviewed in the living room of this house. While you walk around at your own pace, knowledgeable guides are available in the rooms to answer questions. The Corwin house is a very worthwhile place to visit while in Salem.
Written August 18, 2022
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