You Can Own the Historic Home of a Convicted Salem Witch, Just in Time for Halloween
The 17th-century home was originally owned by John Proctor, who was portrayed in The Crucible.
If you’re the type that delights in ghost stories and all things Halloween, here’s a rare opportunity to own a historic coastal home with seriously spooky ties.
A 4,000-square-foot house in Peabody, Massachusetts—formerly part of Salem—just hit the market with a unique claim to fame: It was once owned by John Proctor, who was famously convicted of witchcraft and hanged in 1692. If you’ve seen the play and film adaptation The Crucible, you know Proctor’s story as the first man accused of witchcraft lives on—and more than three centuries later, so does the spacious Colonial he shared with his wife, Elizabeth.
Built in 1638, the John Proctor house is now regarded as a symbol of American history. While updated for modern use, the home maintains much of its period detail, with rough-hewn wooden beams and large brick fireplaces. Listing agent Joseph Cipoletta told The Salem News that the historic house also has walls that open to reveal parts of the original structure, including wallpaper and beams that date back to the 1600s. The six-bedroom house also boasts tons of outdoor space, with a large, grassy backyard and an inground pool.
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The remarkable piece of property, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is currently up for grabs with J. Barrett & Co. for $600,000—though, you may have some competition in the purchase. According to The Salem News, the Peabody Historical Society has their eye on the home and is currently searching for funding so they can move forward with an offer.
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