Plaque.

Where the Witches Were Tried

Field review by the editors.

Salem, Massachusetts

An old plaque, blackened and corroded with time, is bolted to the outside wall of the Salem Masonic Temple. It helpfully points out that "nearly opposite this spot," in the middle of what is now Washington Street, stood the courtroom where most of the Salem witches were tried and condemned to death in 1692. The plaque pays particular attention to Giles Corey, who was "pressed to death" for refusing to plead guilty or not guilty. There's no explanation as to why Giles is singled out; maybe the mysterious Masons just respected his ability to keep a secret.

Where the Witches Were Tried

Address:
72 Washington St., Salem, MA
Directions:
Downtown. On the west side of Washington St. just south of its intersection with Lynde St. You'll see a building with three stone arches; the plaque is mounted just to the left of the left-most arch.
Admission:
Free
Save to My Sights

Nearby Offbeat Places

Bewitched StatueBewitched Statue, Salem, MA - < 1 mi.
The Witch Dungeon MuseumThe Witch Dungeon Museum, Salem, MA - < 1 mi.
Count Orlok's Nightmare GalleryCount Orlok's Nightmare Gallery, Salem, MA - < 1 mi.
In the region:
$28.2 Million Statue of Popeye, Everett, MA - 12 mi.

More Quirky Attractions in Massachusetts

Stories, reports and tips on tourist attractions and odd sights in Massachusetts.

Explore Thousands of Unique Roadside Landmarks!

Strange and amusing destinations in the US and Canada are our specialty. Start here.
Use RoadsideAmerica.com's Attraction Maps to plan your next road trip.

September 17, 2019

My Sights

My Sights

Create and Save Your Own Crazy Road Trip!

Try My Sights

Roadside America app
Roadside Presidents app

Massachusetts Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Capital City Museum, Frankfort, Kentucky (Sep 16-22, 2019)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings

Sightings. Arrives without warning. Leaves no burn marks. A free newsletter from RoadsideAmerica.com. Subscribe now!
RoadsideAmerica.com Hotel & Motel Finder

Special rates for hotels.

Nearby Hotels: Salem, Massachusetts

Nightly rates found:

Hotels Near...

Book Now

 

Favorite Quirky City Sights