The Home of Salem Witch Trials Victim John Proctor Is for Sale
If you’re looking for a new home that’s the perfect blend of history and Halloween, you’ve come to the right place.
According to Boston.com, the house that was once owned by John Proctor — who was not just a character in Arthur Miller’s "The Crucible, but also a living, breathing person who died in the Salem Witch Trials in 1692 — is up for sale by J. Barrett & Company Realtors.
And in case you didn’t know, he had a very nice house.
The Peabody Historical Society and the realty company holding the listing claim that the house as “built” in 1638, and curator Kelly Daniell told Boston.com that “the current residence definitely sits on the land Proctor and his family farmed and operated their business on, the structure could have part of the original home inside, or, perhaps, it was rebuilt on that original foundation.” It’s unclear either way how much of the house was actual living space for John Proctor himself.
After all, you can probably expect a few renovations over the course of almost 400 years.
In addition to the house being a family home and farm, Proctor also operated a local tavern from it, so you know you could do a lot of entertaining. At least, as long as you’re not squeamish about owning the house of a man who was convicted of witchcraft.
According to Zillow, this registered historic house is a mix of both “period detail with the functionality of today’s needs.” It features a large eat-in kitchen, dining room that’s great for parties (or, gatherings with your fellow witches), six bedrooms, seven fireplaces and even an in ground swimming pool.
The house itself is not being sold by some long descendent of the Proctor family, though. According to Boston.com, the current owners, the Raponi family, bought the house in the 1960’s and are largely responsible for its stellar historical preservation.
At the moment, the property is up for sale for a surprisingly low $600,000 and already has some interested buyers – including the Peabody Historical Society. It’s possible that if the house is not bought by an independent, private buyer, the town of Peabody (where the house now sits), could buy it with grants and community preservation act funds.
Daniell told Boston.com that the society would like to buy the house in order to preserve the place and conduct more studies and archeological digs.