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

The Witch Gaol

 
 
The Witch Gaol Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 29, 2015
1. The Witch Gaol Marker
The additional plastic marker indicates that, "This placque was originally located on Federal Street the Old Jail site two blocks north"
Inscription.
Here stood the Salem gaol
built in 1684, used until 1813
razed in 1957
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During the witchcraft
persecution of 1692, many
of the accused were
imprisoned here. One of
them, the aged Giles
Cory (b. 1611), was pressed
to death on these grounds.

 
Location. 42° 31.35′ N, 70° 53.838′ W. Marker is in Salem, Massachusetts, in Essex County. Marker is on Lynde Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 16 Lynde Street, Salem MA 01970, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Town House (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); The First Meeting House Erected in Salem (about 700 feet away); First Armed Resistance (approx. 0.2 miles away); Saint Peter's Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Peabody Museum of Salem (approx. ¼ mile away); The Burying Point (approx. ¼ mile away); Essex County Armed Services Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Leslie's Retreat (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Salem.
 
Categories. Colonial EraNotable Buildings
 
The Witch Gaol Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 29, 2015
2. The Witch Gaol Marker
The marker is below the left-most flag on the brick of the Witch Dungeon Museum.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 21, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 165 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 21, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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