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Danvers in Essex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Salem Village Meeting House

1672

 
 
Salem Village Meeting House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 16, 2009
1. Salem Village Meeting House Marker
Inscription. Directly across from this site was located the original Salem Village Meeting House where civil and military meetings were held, and ministers including George Burroughs, Deodat Lawson, and Samuel Parris preached.

The infamous 1692 witchcraft hysteria began in this neighborhood. On March 1 accused witches Sarah Good, Sarah Osburn, and Tituba were interrogated in the Meeting House amidst the horrific fits of the “afflicted ones.” Thereafter numerous others were examined including Martha Cory, Rebecca Nurse, Bridget Bishop, Giles Cory, and Mary Esty. Many dire, as well as heroic deeds transpired in the Meeting House.

In 1702 the Meeting House was abandoned, dismantled and removed to this site until the lumber “decayed and became mixed with the soil.”

In 1992 a memorial was erected here to honor the witchcraft victims, and to remind us that we must forever confront intolerance and “witch-hunts” with integrity, clear vision, and courage.
 
Erected 1992 by Danvers Preservation Commission.
 
Location. 42° 33.93′ N, 70° 57.471′ W. Marker is in Danvers, Massachusetts, in Essex County. Marker is at the intersection of Hobart Street and Forest Street, on the
Marker in Salem Village (Danvers) image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 16, 2009
2. Marker in Salem Village (Danvers)
Salem Village changed its name to Danvers to distance itself from the 1692 Witch hysteria. The Witchcraft Victims' Memorial can be seen in the photo behind the marker.
left when traveling west on Hobart Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Danvers MA 01923, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Salem Village Witchcraft Victims’ Memorial (a few steps from this marker); The Church in Salem Village (approx. 0.2 miles away); The 1681 Salem Village Parsonage (approx. 0.2 miles away); The 1734 Addition (approx. 0.2 miles away); Salem Village Parsonage (approx. 0.2 miles away); Samuel Parris Archaeological Site (approx. ¼ mile away); Samuel Holten House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Deacon Nathaniel Ingersoll (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Danvers.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .  Salem Village Witchcraft Victims' Memorial at Danvers. Salem Witch Trial websites. (Submitted on April 16, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Colonial Era
 
Salem Village Witchcraft Victims' Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 16, 2009
3. Salem Village Witchcraft Victims' Memorial
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,591 times since then and 61 times this year. Last updated on , by Michael Tiernan of Danvers, Massachusetts. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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