Live in the House Once Occupied by an Accused Witch in the Salem Witch Trials

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Sarah Good stayed in this Massachusetts residence for long periods of time. We can’t promise it’s not haunted, but we can guarantee it’s a total charmer.



If these walls could talk…well, you might not want to hear what they have to say. This 17th century home was once occupied by Sarah Good, one of the first three women executed for suspected witchcraft during the Salem witch trials.

“People are definitely intrigued by the thought of one of the accused witches staying there. She did not live there, as previously reported, but she did stay there for long periods of time,” said Redfin agent Tony Wright.

Listed for $599,000, it’s located in the Boston suburb of Wenham, near the ill-fated events of Salem.

“If you live in this area, it’s not uncommon to run into history. If you walk down the street, you’re sure to run into homes aligned with historically significant people. But it does draw attention,” he added.

Originally built in 1670, the home oozes historic charm with pine floors, boxed beam ceilings, and multiple fireplaces in both living spaces and bedrooms. “When you look at the house, and are standing there inside it, you can really think back to what it must have been like to live at that time,” Wright said.

“I love the multiple fireplaces; most of the bedrooms have one. The one in the dining room however is massive and beautiful, and was clearly where they cooked in the 1700s,” Wright said. “It was the heart of the home. You can imagine how they lived and survived using that space to heat the house and feed themselves.”

“The wood is so rich, and really preserves the character of the home,” said Wright. “All the woodwork is original, with these iconic beams. These are not the clean lines used today. You can really see that someone worked that wood, and carved and cut it by hand. I find that fascinating.”

While Wright can’t promise there aren’t any ghosts, it can be said with certainty that updated features like a modern kitchen will help tell a new story.

It all comes together to set an inviting scene to call home, and also honor a storied past.

Though, it’s hard not to wonder just what happened in these rooms, way back when.

Perhaps this tree even stood here when Sarah did.

Leaving us to surmise that the rooms are BYOOB: bring your own ouija board.

History aside, it’s a beautiful show of character, craftsmanship and livability. Click here to view the full listing.


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Emily Hochberg is Redfin's Lifestyle Editor, covering topics related to culture, trends, personal finance, decor, style and more. When not busy typing away, find her daydreaming over Redfin listings (seriously, should she buy and fix up a beach house in Hawaii?) or obsessively planning where to travel next.

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