The tight-knit community was at a loss to explain the convulsive seizures, blasphemous screaming, and trance-like states that afflicted the youngsters.
This village was established in the late s when a group of farmers moved 5 miles from Salem Town to the area now known as "Danvers Highlands. By Salem Village became a separate parish at which time they built a meeting house and hired their own minister.
In the village established a covenant church with Rev.
Samuel Parris as their new minister. In earlyRev. Their parents tried to discover what was causing their distress, and village doctor William Griggs gave his opinion that the girls were the victims of witchcraft.
Sarah Good and Sarah Osburn were separately examined and as they answered the questions put to them, the "afflicted" girls went into horrific fits. Though the two protested their own innocence, Tituba unraveled a confession of meeting with the devil and stating there were still other witches in the neighborhood.
This evidence was sufficient for the magistrates, and the three women were jailed. No longer were just the lowly being accused, but people formerly in good standing in the community.
THE WITCHCRAFT DELUSION. The first European settlement in present-day Danvers, Massachusetts, was called Salem Village. This village was established in the late s when a group of farmers moved 5 miles from Salem Town to the area now known as "Danvers Highlands.". Salem Village (present-day Danvers, Massachusetts) was known for its fractious population, who had many internal disputes, and for disputes between the village and Salem Town (present-day Salem). Arguments about property lines, grazing rights, and church privileges were rife, and neighbors considered the population as "quarrelsome.". The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Cleopatra, the #1 national bestseller, unpacks the mystery of the Salem Witch Trials. It began in , over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister's daughter began to scream and convulse.
By May, scores of "witches," both men and women, had been examined in Salem Village, and jails were being filled with up to accused persons from many towns including Salem, Topsfield and Andover. Dozens of people under excruciating religious, civil and family pressures found themselves confessing to being witches.
In May, Governor William Phips called a special court to try the cases of those accused witches who had not confessed. Convening in Salem in Junethe court quickly condemned Bridget Bishop to death. In addition, one man, Giles Cory of Salem Farms, died under torture.
At least 5 others including Sarah Osburn died in jail. By the new year the colony was becoming exhausted with the witchcraft frenzy, and learned persons were speaking against the validity of "spectral evidence" being used in court. When the trials resumed, this former evidence was disallowed and proof was insufficient to condemn any other accused.
The witch horror was over. Of the 19 people who were executed during this tragic yet heroic period, 12 came from the Salem Village area, dying rather than confessing to what they had not done. In Danvers was officially established as a township separate from Salem. The Salem Village witchcraft hysteria was a chilling era of our history.
Yet its lessons have meaning for us today in that each generation must confront its share of intolerance and "witch hunts" with integrity, clear vision and bravery.
Rear 67 Centre St. Accessible by a cart path, this was the location of the Village Parsonage.
Here lived the Rev. Parris family, and here began the Salem Village witchcraft.
The site includes original foundation walls and interpretive signs, and is owned by the Town of Danvers. Ingersoll House, Hobart St. Though "modernized" inpart of this house was the home and ordinary of Deacon Nathaniel Ingersoll. Here were examined many of the accused witches during Site of the Salem Village Meeting House.
Here villagers gathered for religious and civil meetings. Across the street, at Hobart St. Sarah Holten House, Holten St. Nurse Homestead, Pine St. Operated as a house museum by the Danvers Alarm List Company.
June 15 to Labor Day, Tues. Reproduction Meeting House. Reerected here with an exterior facade to look like a barn, this ca.In , life in Salem,Massachusetts was very different from other areas.
During this time, Salem was part of the Massachusetts Bay Colony which means it was under British control.
From June through September of , nineteen men and women, all having been convicted of witchcraft, were carted to Gallows Hill, a barren slope near Salem Village, for hanging.
The Salem Witch Trials took place in a settlement within the Massachusetts Bay Colony named Salem which, at the time of the trials in , consisted of two sections: Salem town, which is now modern-day Salem, and Salem Village, which is now modern-day Danvers.
Aug 13, · In January , a group of young girls in Salem Village, Massachusetts became consumed by disturbing “fits” accompanied by seizures, violent contortions and bloodcurdling screams.
THE WITCHCRAFT DELUSION. The first European settlement in present-day Danvers, Massachusetts, was called Salem Village. This village was established in the late s when a group of farmers moved 5 miles from Salem Town to the area now known as "Danvers Highlands.".
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