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

Rebecca Nurse Homestead

1678

 
 
Rebecca Nurse Homestead Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 16, 2009
1. Rebecca Nurse Homestead Marker
Inscription. In 1636 Francis Weston was granted this land upon which he laid out a farm. This property was purchased by Governor John Endicott in 1648, and in 1678 Francis and Rebecca Nurse moved here and built a house. In March, 1692, 71-year-old Rebecca was accused by children of Salem Village of practicing witchcraft. Nurse, upon hearing of the accusation, exclaimed, “I am innocent as the child unborn, but surely what sin hath God found out in me unrepented of that He should lay such an affliction upon me in my old age?.” Despite the aid of her relatives and friends, Nurse was tried, found guilty, and hanged on June 19, 1692, and her body was secretly brought back to the homestead for burial. On April 19, 1775, Rebecca’s great grandson, Francis Nurse, marched from here to the Lexington Alarm, which began the American Revolution.
 
Erected 1977 by Danvers Historical Commission.
 
Location. 42° 33.493′ N, 70° 56.877′ W. Marker is in Danvers, Massachusetts, in Essex County. Marker is at the intersection of Pine Street and Adams Street, on the left when traveling north on Pine Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 149 Pine Street, Danvers MA 01923, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
Marker in Salem Village (Danvers) image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 16, 2009
2. Marker in Salem Village (Danvers)
walking distance of this marker. Samuel Holten House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Salem Village Witchcraft Victims’ Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); Salem Village Meeting House (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Church in Salem Village (approx. 0.8 miles away); In Commemoration of Arnold's Expedition to Quebec (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Plains (approx. 0.8 miles away); Samuel Parris Archaeological Site (approx. 0.9 miles away); The 1681 Salem Village Parsonage (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map 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 . . .  Rebecca Nurse Homestead website. (Submitted on April 16, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Additional comments.
1. Significance of this place.
From the Essex National Heritage Area webpage located at http://essexheritage.org/firstperiod/ “The Nurse House is the only surviving residence affiliated with the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 that is open to the public. It was the home of Rebecca Nurse, who was hanged that year on July 19.”
    — Submitted November
Rebecca Nurse Homestead image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 16, 2009
3. Rebecca Nurse Homestead
2, 2010, by Michael Tiernan of Danvers, Massachusetts.

 
Categories. Colonial EraWar, US Revolutionary
 
Rebecca Nurse Homestead image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 16, 2009
4. Rebecca Nurse Homestead
Barn at the Rebecca Nurse Homestead image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 16, 2009
5. Barn at the Rebecca Nurse Homestead
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 16, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,183 times since then and 47 times this year. Last updated on October 25, 2011, by Michael Tiernan of Danvers, Massachusetts. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 16, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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