Salem's Witch House: A Touchstone to Antiquity

Salem's Witch House: A Touchstone to Antiquity

by John Goff
     
 

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Though located on Massachusetts's scenic North Shore, Salem is often remembered for its less than picturesque history. The Witch City," as it is internationally known, is home to numerous landmarks dedicated to the notorious trials of 1692. Of these, the Witch House is perhaps most significant; this former residence of Judge Jonathan Corwin, whose court ordered

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Though located on Massachusetts's scenic North Shore, Salem is often remembered for its less than picturesque history. The Witch City," as it is internationally known, is home to numerous landmarks dedicated to the notorious trials of 1692. Of these, the Witch House is perhaps most significant; this former residence of Judge Jonathan Corwin, whose court ordered the execution of twenty men and women, is the town's only true historic tie to the trials. It was here that Corwin examined the unfortunate accused. There is, however, more to this ancient building than its most famous occupant. From wars and death to prosperity and progress, local author John Goff searches beneath its beams and studs to find stories of those who called this place home."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596295193
Publisher:
History Press, The
Publication date:
10/02/2009
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author


John V. Goff is a historian, architectural historian, restoration architect and preservation consultant who lives and works in Salem, Massachusetts. After studying history and American civilization at Brown University, concentrating in First Period New England studies, Goff worked as an architectural historian for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Boston Landmarks Commission, Providence Preservation Society and Maine Historic Preservation Commission. As a historian and author, Goff has written over fifty weekly Preservation Perspective" columns for the Salem Gazette. In 1992, the Salem witch trials tercentenary year, Goff founded Historic Preservation & Design (HPD), a Salem-based preservation planning, restoration and consulting firm."

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