The Witch House

The Jonathan Corwin House, known locally as The Witch House, is a historic house museum at 310 Essex Street in Salem, Massachusetts. It was the home of Judge Jonathan Corwin (1640–1718), and is the only structure still standing in Salem with direct ties to the Salem witch trials of 1692. Corwin bought the house in 1675 when he was 35, and lived there for more than 40 years; the house remained in the Corwin family until the mid-19th century.[2][3]

Jonathan Corwin House
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LocationSalem, Massachusetts
Coordinates42°31′17″N 70°53′56″W / 42.5215°N 70.8989°W / 42.5215; -70.8989Coordinates: 42°31′17″N 70°53′56″W / 42.5215°N 70.8989°W / 42.5215; -70.8989
Built1642 (Traditional)
c. 1675 (MACRIS)[1]
Part ofChestnut Street District (ID73000312)


Corwin was called upon to investigate the claims of diabolical activity when a surge of witchcraft accusations arose in Salem Village (now Danvers) and neighboring communities. He took the place of Judge Nathaniel Saltonstall, who resigned after the execution of Bridget Bishop. Corwin served on the Court of Oyer and Terminer, which ultimately sent 19 people to the gallows.

The house is an excellent example of 17th-century New England architecture, although historians are unsure of the date when it was built. Corwin family lore maintains that it was built in 1642,[citation needed] but some scholars claim that it was built in the 1620s or 1630s and that Roger Williams lived in it in the before he founded Providence Plantations.[4]

The house was moved about 35 feet (11 m) to its current location in the 1940s when the adjacent street was widened. It was restored to look as it would have in the 17th century and the gambrel roof was altered. It is now a museum operated by the City of Salem and is open seasonally.[5] In 2011, the Ghost Adventures crew featured it during season 4.[6]


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  1. ^ "Corwin, Judge Jonathan House". Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System (downloadable PDF). Retrieved June 13, 2022.
  2. ^ Schiff, Stacy (Oct 24, 2015). "Opinion | First, Kill the Witches. Then, Celebrate Them". Retrieved Jul 28, 2022 – via
  3. ^ Tabor, Mary B. W. (Sep 9, 1991). "Salem Journal; 'The Witch City' Dusts Off Its Past". Retrieved Jul 28, 2022 – via
  4. ^ "Press Release "The Witch House Begins Architectural History Study" 1/23/2008 (accessed July 14, 2008)". Archived from the original on Jun 8, 2008. Retrieved Jul 28, 2022.
  5. ^ "Five places to explore Salem's witchy past -- and the memorials to its victims". Los Angeles Times. Oct 30, 2015. Retrieved Jul 28, 2022.
  6. ^ "S4-18 Salem Witch House". Archived from the original on 2017-06-05.

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