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    The Nurse Homestead

    by Fewf Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This one is relatively easy to find for a tourist who searches for it, and once you're there, it's a bit more touristy (you have to pay an admission charge and there are guided tours). Rebecca Nurse was the first person to be accused of witchcraft. She was declared not guilty, but this caused such an uproar that the jury was asked to reconsider, and found her guilty. She was hanged.

    Some of the evidence against her was brought by Sarah Holten, whom (and whose house) I discuss in a separate Danvers tip.

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    The Memorial

    by Fewf Written Aug 2, 2006

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    In 1692, 19 people were hanged, one man was pressed to death, and many others died in jail during the Salem witch trials. 265 years later, in 1957, Massachusetts formally apologized. On the 300th anniversary of the trials in 1992, a memorial was erected in the neighborhood where it all happened, right across from the former site of the village meeting house where the accused were examined and tried.

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    The Darling Prince House

    by Fewf Written Aug 2, 2006

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    Where the village meetinghouse, where those accused during the witch hysteria were generally examined, used to stand (it was abandoned for a new one in 1701) now stands the Darling Prince House, moved to the site from its original location, which I would guess was either on nearby Prince St. or else also-nearby Prince Pl. It's privately owned.

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