310 Essex St, Salem, MA978.744.8815 | website
- Neighborhood: Salem
- Directions: North St
- Hours: Sun-Sat 10 am-5 pm
This spooky looking black gothic house was actually the home of witch trial judge Jonathan Corwin in the 1600s. It seems to have been dubbed the Witch House because of tales that accused were examined or tried there. “But there’s no evidence of that, so we don’t claim it,” tour guide Jessica Berger explains. Inside is a not-spooky selection of period furnishings (none from Corwin himself) plus a simple doll (a witch’s poppet?) discovered inside the walls of a 17th century house in the region. Berger wouldn’t reveal where.