You Can Now Buy a House Once Owned by a Victim of the Salem Witch Trials


You Can Now Buy a House Once Owned by a Victim of the Salem Witch Trials
Source: J Barrett & Company

A house that once belonged to a victim of the Salem Witch Trials is up for on sale, just in time for Halloween.

Situated in Peabody, Massachusetts, the $600,000 property was once the home of John Procter, who was falsely accused of witchcraft and put to death in 1692.

You Can Now Buy a House Once Owned by a Victim of the Salem Witch Trials
Source: J Barrett & Company

Built in 1638, the 3,910 sq ft house was once a part of Salem Village.

Proctor was a wealthy landowner and father-of-18. He was convicted of practicing witchcraft and hanged for his alleged crimes, which included forcing a servant to touch the Devil’s book. Originally, the townspeople targeted his wife Elizabeth with their accusations, but Proctor also fell under suspicion by coming to her defense.

You Can Now Buy a House Once Owned by a Victim of the Salem Witch Trials
Source: J Barrett & Company

Proctor’s life story inspired Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible, and the 60-year-old was played by (the much younger) Daniel Day Lewis in the 1996 film adaption.

Estate agents J. Barrett and Co describe the six-bedroom property as “a grand example of colonial and American History” that features “period detail with the functionality of today’s needs.”

You Can Now Buy a House Once Owned by a Victim of the Salem Witch Trials
Source: J Barrett & Company

The listing reads: “Large eat-in kitchen with plenty of workspace. The dining room can accommodate your largest holiday gathering. All the bedrooms offer storage and ample space to relax. Enjoy the summers around your oversized inground pool.”

The home has been owned by a family for the last 30 years, but they decided to sell after the owner passed away earlier this month at the age of 90.

You Can Now Buy a House Once Owned by a Victim of the Salem Witch Trials
Source: J Barrett & Company

Speaking to the Salem News, vice president of the Peabody Historical Society Michael Bonfanti said: “The Peabody Historical Society is looking to see if they can financially handle it and that’s what we are in the process of doing.”

Maybe the Salem Witch School should move there instead.

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