Rebecca Nurse Homestead

photo of Rebecca Nurse Homestead
149 Pine Street
Danvers, MA 01923
(978) 774-8799

The Rebecca Nurse Homestead includes 27 acres of fields, pasture and woods. An old dirt road leads to the ancient saltbox-style house situated on a small knoll that was home to the Nurse family, including Rebecca. It was on March 19, 1692 that the frail 71-year-old matriarch, Rebecca Nurse, was accused of practicing witchcraft by young girls living in Salem Village, who had been suffering from horrid fits of an unknown cause. On March 23, constables arrested Rebecca and took her away from her beloved homestead. Following a trial, Rebecca was hanged on July 19. After the execution, Rebecca's children secretly buried their mother's body in an unmarked grave on the Homestead. In 1885, the Nurse family erected a memorial to Rebecca in the family graveyard. This Homestead is a visible link to many of the famous and infamous events of Salem Village, modern-day Danvers, Massachusetts. Visitors to the property can view a good representation of New England life during the colonial period.

Hours: 

May & June: Friday-Sunday 10-3; July & August: Wednesday-Sunday 10-3; September: Weekends 10-3; October: Friday-Sunday 10-3; November: Weekends 10-3; Also open by appointment by calling 978-774-8799. Closed on National Holidays.

Admission: 

Adults $7; Seniors (65 and older) $5; Children 16 and under $4; Children Under 6 FREE. (Guided Tours begin at 10:30, 11:30, 1:00 and 2:00 and last 40 minutes to an hour.) Please call for group pricing.

Driving Directions: 

Route 128 North, take Exit 24 (Endicott Street), turn right onto Endicott, right on Sylvan Street, then bear left to Pine Street.

Site Notes & Advisories: 

Architectural features: The original Nurse House dates to 1678, and features a lean-to kitchen, working cooking hearth, great hall, and bed chamber. Later additions were built ca. 1750 and 1820. The Homestead site includes 27 acres of open fields, a replica 1692 Salem Village Meetinghouse (built for the movie "Three Sovereigns for Sarah"), the reconstructed Endecott Barn and Endecott Shop, small outbuildings, and the Nurse Graveyard where family legend claims that Rebecca Nurse was buried by her family in secret after her hanging in 1692. Designations: National Historic District (1975).

Flags: 

  • Family Friendly
  • Parking
  • Restroom
  • Self guided

Categories: 

  • First Period Architecture
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Historic Resources
  • Early Settlement Trail
  • Partnership Grants
  • Museums
  • Shops

Property Owner/Organization: 

Danvers Alarm List Company
Essex Coastal Scenic Byway
Rail Trail
Rail Trail Trailhead