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In this issue:
The Afflicted Girls...What caused the
strange behavior of the young girls of Salem
Village in 1692.
Walking Tour map app
17th century Salem...What remains?
Witch House History
History of Halloween
Our new project:
Salem in 1630 Village
A Ladie's Closet:
Black Cat Storytime
A strange tale:
of hobgoblins and tea
Upcoming Winters Issue:
and... audio tours!
Oh, yes..apparently we are blogging now.
Possibly even a tweet or two.
Welcome to the first issue of the Witch House Quarterly. We are happy to
share with you the fascinating history of our remarkable house. The Witch
House is also known as the Jonathan Corwin House. It is the only remaining
structure in Salem that can be visited that holds any direct ties to the
Witchcraft Trials of 1692. Jonathan was a judge on the witchcraft court of
Oyer and Terminer and the house itself was witness to one of the most tragic
and enduring episodes in American History. We will explore the many subjects
relative to the period, the family the colony and Salem Town itself, both then
The Afflicted Girls...
What truly was the cause of the girls strange behavior in 1692?
We see thousands of visitor a year here at the Witch House. Without a doubt
the question that we are asked most often is how did the witch trials begin?
What caused the girls strange behavior? What caused their fits and paralysis?
Most come with vague ideas and curiosities ranging from epilepsy to ergot
Most modern witch trial scholars dispute these explanations. Truth is that the
answer to the question may be slightly different for each girl. But let us begin
with little 9 year old Elizabeth Parris. And to help us understand her story a bit
better, we are going to call upon some of the most ground breaking brain
mapping technology and research available. (Read more here...)
Volume no. 1 Issue No.1 Winter 2014
Witch House Quarterly