Get spooked by the Last Standing Structure of 17th Century Architecture known as the Witch House of Salem [VIDEO]
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Architecture Architecture Mar 22, 2017 05:16 PM EDT
The Witch House of Salem as popularly known is the last standing structure evident of 17th Century architecture in Massachusetts during the witch trials in 1692. The place is now a museum and well preserved yet it still continuously gives the visitors the creeps.
According to Salem Web, the official site of Salem Massachusetts, the Witch House of Salem is part of the 17th Century architecture and it solely belonged to Judge Jonathan Corwin. This house is the last standing structure that reflected the Salem witch trials in 1692. The witch trials are one of the most horrific events in American history and it is one of the most brutal ones where it involved the torture of women accused of witchcraft. Judge Corwin is among the people who tried these accused women and sent them to the gallows despite them claiming their innocence.
Judge Corwin, owner of the Witch House of Salem, bought this now last standing structure in 1675. He stayed in that house for a good 40 years or so before passing away. His body lies in the Broad Street Cemetery just near this infamous 17th century architecture. Judge Corwin, according to the History of Massachusetts site, descended from a wealthy lineage. The house that he purchased soon became one of the venues of the Salem witch trials where they would interrogate these accused witches.
The Salem Witch House almost got destroyed during 1944 but instead it spurred the restoration of Salem. The reason why the house became the last standing structure was that the people raised around 42,000 USD to restore this 17th Century architecture. It was thanks to them that we are able to witness a centuries-old house such as this.
Nowadays, you can visit the Witch of House of Salem and learn about 17th Century architecture (through its preserved appearance), their past lifestyles and traditions. You also get to connect with their history especially during the witch trials. As a matter of fact, there is an event this coming March 26 known as the Salem's Women History Day Exhibit posted in Salem.org.
The event will run from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm where you get to see an exhibit in the Witch House of Salem showing the different eras in history that aims to focus on the International Women's Day in 1909. What's great about this event is that you get to explore this 17th Century architecture for FREE. There is also a scavenger hunt mentioned in the site. All of these events are in the ever popular Jonathan Corwin House so go and have a visit.