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Real Haunted House

Joshua Ward House

Salem, Massachusetts

Built on the foundation of the former sheriff that was responsible for hanging witches during the infamous Salem witch trials’s house, many reports of hauntings in the house have been reported. The sheriff used an old English law that allowed him to crush a suspected witch with rocks to make him plead guilty or innocent. The man eventually died, but he did so, he “cursed” the sheriff. The sheriff died 5 years later of unknown causes. Candles have mysteriously been taken out of their holders and melted, trash cans have turned over, it is always cold in the corner of one room, alarms are set off for no reason, one guest has seen an elderly ghost sitting by the fireplace, and a picture has been taken of one of the ghosts

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Jasmine Watson says:

November 29, 2005, 10:50 am

I want to sign up.
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potter says:

January 25, 2006, 4:53 pm

Giles Cory is The One who was smashed by the rocks…and he didnt curse the sheriff..he said *More Rock before he died…i know becuase i’ve read all about the salem witch trials

chad says:

February 20, 2006, 10:46 pm

How can someone take a picture of a ghost if ghosts don’t have reflections.

mike pamsore says:

February 25, 2006, 8:34 pm

wow that is weird dog. my homies are ghosts too.

hah says:

March 4, 2006, 1:26 pm

…ok good for ur little ghostie friends..

Taylor/Reyes says:

March 15, 2006, 2:33 pm

Giles did not say “More Rock” he said “More weight” thank you

***This is a response from the Taylor/Reyes corporation to take over the world***

Jazie McG says:

April 11, 2006, 7:24 pm

The ending was creepy, I’ll give you that but it was really confusing. You want a good scare I’ll give you one!:
My boyfriend has two eve doors in his room right? Well, there was always one door that nobody could ever get open, one night at like 2 in the morning the door fell down! No windows were open or anything… but when we looked inside there was this chalkboard that was built into the wall, it had this really weird hand writing on it and it dosn’t erase! But it dosn’t end there. We but up a blanket so we couldnt see inside, to keep the cold out, and at night it moves in and out, like it’s breathing. And it only does it at night! Beat that!!

yo says:

May 16, 2006, 9:47 am

Hahahahaha! I found a Haunted House near us!!!!

Mathewson79 says:

May 28, 2006, 1:34 am

I lived in Salem for a year while I attended Salem State College. I was an active member of the historical society of the city and college. There was never a law that allowed such tactics to be used on a supposed “witch”. It just happens that they tried that with Giles Corey because he refused to put in a plea of either guilty or not guilty. They used decided to use the rocks as a means of torture to make confess either way.

Tiffy-Wiffy says:

May 30, 2006, 11:58 am


bai says:

May 30, 2006, 4:55 pm

the thing with the door and blanket is not scary

sammy albano says:

June 18, 2006, 6:51 pm

i don’believe in witches. i think this is nonsens.

FREDDY says:

July 9, 2006, 11:37 pm


Prue says:

July 26, 2006, 4:59 pm

‘i donâ??believe in witches. i think this is nonsens’
Comment by sammy albano

This person thinks this nosense sammt’s comment is nonsence sammy can’t blame people who belive in the supernatural for his lake of life

POO says:

August 30, 2006, 5:36 pm


Teresa Mutton says:

September 15, 2006, 12:08 am

Hello there,
My man and I are planning a “haunted” tour of your area while we are there in early Oct..will there be tours then? If so we are DEFINATLY INTERESTED in it! thanks!

Sarah Jane Guzman Damien says:

September 19, 2006, 6:34 am

I remember going to Salem on June 23, 2006. My mom and I visited a graveyard at night. I remember taking a picture of what turned out to be mysterious balls of light. And when I looked around, n there was no sourse of light behind the tombstones.

racho bo bacho says:

September 25, 2006, 9:00 pm

the thing and the door and the blanket is…
fake sounding
but whatever

dave says:

October 3, 2006, 8:14 pm

tell me when

melanie says:

October 7, 2006, 4:26 pm

Ok, ghosts are not real. Wow these aren’t true.

Ally says:

October 7, 2006, 10:54 pm

hi everybody!this is a freaky story

meh says:

October 8, 2006, 3:44 pm

I’ve been to Salem close to 15 times. My family and I go every Halloween. Giles Cory did curse the sheriff of Salem before he died. The sheriff did not die of “unknown causes”. He died from a heart attack, and every sheriff since Cory’s death has died of some coronary disorder. That’s the curse that Giles Cory placed on Salem’s sheriffs. Cory is also known to be seen when there is going to be some tragedy in the city. The last time Cory’s ghost was seen there was a major fire that destroyed half of Salem.

Another place that is haunted in Salem is the Historic Hawthorne Hotel located on Washington Square. The elevator is known to be haunted. Definately a place to visit!

Captain Morgan says:

October 11, 2006, 10:45 pm

I watched a movie about this.
[the movie made it scarier] In the movie it also said that every sheriff that has taken the place of the sheriff that Joshua cursed has died in at least
2-6 years of taking his job. To this very day.

-Captain Morgan

Koda says:

October 22, 2006, 6:36 pm

If you don’t believe in stuff like this, why visit a website that offers these stories? You will never believe until you see or feel a “presence” that you know doesn’t normally belong.

cynthia says:

October 23, 2006, 1:58 pm

meh is correct… I’ve been to Salem a number of times myself and I have actually taken a number of photos containing orbs (white circles), ectoplasm (yes, that is what it is really called, ghostbusters didnt just make that up) and actual figures and faces.

In fact, 3 years ago i took a picture at the Howard Street Cemetery in Salem where it is said that Giles Corey was pressed to death and that is where i captured what appears to be a figure. I am still trying to find out if something big happened in Salem shortly thereafter as it is believed that when Giles is seen or captured on film that he is letting people know of the impending event.

Russ says:

October 26, 2006, 3:09 pm

The curse on the sherriffs stopped in the early 1990’s. Long time. The last time Corey was seen was just prior to the storm portrayed in the Perfect Storm. Two of the men on the Andrea Gail were originally from Salem.The Ward house now owned by Higginson Book Co. Owner will not allow his employees to speak about the haunting. One of the original owners of the book company is supposed to be the last person buried in Old Burying Ground.The photo was taken by a real estate agent. Supposedly still has the polaroid photo.

Aleasha says:

October 27, 2006, 5:23 pm

I know everything about the Salem Witch Trials and i

think this is a bit crapolaish! could be true because

i believe in everything unless you can proove it is

**** but this seems crappy! and why is it that this

house is haunted yet Gallows Hill, the place that 19

people were hanged during the Salem Witch Trials,

isnt haunted at all…i mean..that should be one of

the most haunted places in the world…those people

werent just unfairly murdered but they were because

the church thought that they were witches and when you

hear about ghosts haunting they say they are doing it

out of revenge…so why wouldnt there be some story

about sara good or someone comming back to haunt

the hill?? tell me that!

RickSaw says:

October 30, 2006, 12:52 am

Alright, I am in Salem right now on vacation with my wife. Let me sum it up for you all right now. We have been on a few tours and if you want to believe local lore, The Ward House IS now owned by a company who specializes in genealogy and they refuse to speak about whatever happens inside the building. The owner of the company (and house) holds a strict policy with his employees that if they are to speak to ANYONE about any incidents inside the house, they will be fired immediately. That being said, the prior owners, which was a realty company, supposedly held a Christmas party before they were to sell the property. One of the employees took pictures of fellow employees as they entered the building. All of the pictures were regular, non-eventful head shots with the exception of Julie. Julie’s picture (Polaroid, mind you) developed as this ghastly figure with wild black, curly hair and a menacing skeletal face. By skeletal, I don’t mean as a skull, I mean as sunken cheeks, deep eye sockets, excessively thin. The part of this story that makes this hard to believe is that this incident didn’t end the party. They all continued their little soiree. Lets be honest here. If this were true, how many people do you know wouldn’t just get the hell out of Dodge? Another story I heard while on one of these ghost tours (from the Haunted Footsteps people…I didn’t particularly care for them), was that the owner of this company was writing a book about area hauntings and invited a psychic into this house to channel energy. The psychic said that the house was inhabited by a harmless “stair haunter.” This supposedly meant that the spirit in question was one of those ghosts that only fill stair climbers with discomfort and the notion of uneasiness while ascending or descending staircases. While climbing the stairs, the psychic grabbed for her throat and was bent backward like being held over a ledge. When the psychic was completely upright, she burst out the front door and never returned to work as a medium. She later explained that she was face to face with a tall, skeletal figure with black hair that went everywhere, came out of the stairs and choked her. In conclusion of both of the tours that told tales of this house, it was revealed that Corwin was buried within the foundation of this house because of the fact that he owed lots of money. His body had been repeatedly dug up by those he was in debt to and held for ransom until his well-to-do family paid them what they were owed. The second reason he was buried in the recesses of this house was because his family was embarrassed by his role in the Witch Hysteria of 1692 and refused to take the responsibility of giving him a proper Christian burial such as those he helped execute. The nay-sayers may rip this apart, but I am only retelling what is being told in actual Salem tours.
We as well have taken plenty of pictures at various sites and have yet to see any activity. My two cents says that orbs are complete BS. As someone who has received their Masters in physics, I have to say that the concept of orbs being spirits is ludicrous. As I had learned, orbs are nothing more than misspent energy. Orbs aren’t visible to the naked eye due to the speed in which they travel and the length of time that they take shape. Orbs form and dissipate as quick as a snap of the fingers (if it were in slow motion). Orbs are just a sense of false hope for those hungry to see something…such as organized religion, but that is a whole other story.

RickSaw says:

October 30, 2006, 12:59 am

Another thing, no one knows where Gallows Hill originally was. When the Witch Trials were occurring, Salem was almost all waterfront property; Marblehead wasn’t even land at the time. The city had been laid with landfill (not in the traditional sense–not garbage) and quite possibly with what may have been Gallows Hill. There is no record as to where this actually was.

As for Giles Cory, no he doesn’t haunt the Ward House. He supposedly appears at the cemetery where he was “pressed.” It is said that when he does appear, Salem faces a severe hardship in the form of a large fire that destroyed one-third of the city in the 1910’s to the noreaster that was depicted in The Perfect Storm like said previously by someone else. For the debate of “more rock” or “more weight,” does it really matter what his exact words were? The poor ******* was crushed beneath tons of stone out of greed for his land. I thought it was just the Native Americans who were slaughtered for property.

Stephanie Marais says:

November 1, 2006, 5:21 pm

To the person who said ghosts are not real, you should have tried to live in the house I grew up in. It was very active. Everyone who went into that house and said any bad comments about ghosts ended up getting a good scare. Plus never get a ghost angery. You won’t see it coming!!

mia16 says:

November 2, 2006, 2:49 pm

You guys are funny!

Len says:

November 3, 2006, 5:25 pm

Satanic “S”

“Represents a lightning bolt that means “Destroyer”. In mythology, It was the weapon of Zeus. Worn to have power over others. Also was worn by the feared SS of Nazi Germany.”

Looks like the same shape as the candles that were found on the floor!

Dawn says:

November 5, 2006, 5:12 pm

Hi everyone, I too go to Salem every Oct for the festivites. I was there last Sunday Oct 29th. Had dinner in the Tavern at the Hawthorne Hotel. It was very good food. Anyway, a few years ago while in Salem (I live in New Hampshire, a 45 minute drive) I took some pics at the Old Burying Point and got an image. The image can be seen at my website. I didn’t catch anything paranormal this year but that’s fine, we still enoy Salem’s History. Blessed Be all and have a wonderful Yule season as it is approaching.

Justin says:

November 6, 2006, 10:35 am

I live right near that house. I have lived there for more than 6 years, i just reaslntly moved, and i had no clue that happned. I knew about the witch trials in Salem, but didnt know where.


December 3, 2006, 6:16 pm

wow this is so scary but some of yall over do it a little like jazie mcg .i am just keepin it rel wit ya girl that was weak mighta fact my baby brother would say the same thing. see that is why i can not stand people like you because you toot your own horn.what if that door would of fell on you would you be sayin the same thing ,or what if the ghost that did that wierd handwriting would of busted through the door and grabbed you and killed you and brought the dead body back to your girl hope i gave you a fright to look out for what you say because every thimg you say will turn around on you.BEAT THAT WOULD YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!

Popcorn Man says:

January 23, 2007, 5:56 pm

One day I was randomly searching the internet and I decided to just randomly put my name into google and see what would happen. I found a peom written by me. I told my friend Josh Ward to put his name into google and this website was the first thing that popped up. Scary, I know a guy with the same name.

Willow says:

June 30, 2007, 6:00 pm

FYI: The Salem Witch Trials did not occur in the town of Salem, but in Salem Villiage, which is the modern day town of Danvers.
Also, ironically, out of all the ‘witches’ that were accused, Tituba(Parris’ Carib Indian slave), was the only one who confessed (and she did, in fact, practice witchcraft) and one of the only ones who lived. All of the others were devout Christians and their fellow devout Christians killed them out of greed.
One other thing, throughout history, those that were killed as witches were actually Christian. No one actually went after the real Witches…they were the Mid-wives, herbalists’ and healers…the towns people needed them, so they killed others instead. …and no, they did not worship the devil, the Christians just wanted society to believe they did so it would be acceptable to murder them.

brian says:

July 25, 2007, 2:59 pm

my name is brian i am a ghost hunter for all of new england if you or someone you know suffers from a haunting for thinks they are being haunted please feel free to visit my web page

jennifer says:

August 25, 2007, 7:18 pm

I believe that there are ghosts and who ever thinks different needs to start believing. I see ghosts and although I can’t understand them I can talk to them. I recently saw this little girl dressed in an indian outfit and she looked like an indian. She went into my dreams and I suppose showed me how she died. I suppose she was cut hundreds of times. If anyone would like to talk to me about any spirits that they have incountered you can email me at ~thanks~

rosemary says:

September 17, 2007, 12:48 am

Went to Salem and didn’t have any paranormal thing happen, but it was fun for halloween time. I didn’t think anything would.

Sorta the thing to do up that way. I also lived for a short time in Danvers and nothing there either.

Only thing that was scarey was the traffic…lol

historybuff says:

October 18, 2007, 10:54 pm

Ok, not going to go into if ghosts are real or not, as I really think that is a personal belief that you either have or haven’t, but there is so much incorrect info here regarding the Witch Trials.

Yes, Giles Corey did curse the Sheriff, yes they WERE still under English law and Corwin could “play” with it as he chose. The Mass Bay Colony had lost their charter. Yes he did reply more weight.

Yes, Corwin’s body was underneath the Joshua Ward house because Phillip English wanted to get his hands on it.

Yes, The last person to be buried on Charter Street is Methabel Higginson-relative of the Higginson of “Higginson Book Company” fame, if you will.

As far as Gallows Hill not being haunted, we are still not 100% sure that is the place they were hanged.

No, Tituba DID NOT practice witchcraft-there were no practicing Wiccans in Salem in 1692. The adults of the town, Parris, Putnam, Mather, Corwin etc proclaimed it was because they didn’t know otherwise.

Yes, the trials DID occur in present day Salem. The hangings were here, the dungeon was here, the court room was here, and the church was here, Giles COrey was pressed here-the homes of the victims were/are in Danvers. So, it occurred in BOTH to be technical about it.

Just a little fyi-Willow-they weren’t Christians – they were Puritans, and they were also Calvinists. Not Christians. Slight difference. But yeah, you’re right, people just wanted others to beleive they were “witches” so they could destroy them in some way.

RickSaw seems to have a good sense of what happened.

Whomever said they don’t believe in Witches…. do you beleive in Catholics? Jews? Muslims? Buddhists? Because Wiccans are real, my dear. Been around longer than Christianity.

Ok, sorry for the rant.

Dawn says:

October 24, 2007, 3:52 pm

actually harry…giles corey said “more wieght”…..not more rocks!!!lol

gay fag says:

November 1, 2007, 8:14 am

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jennifer b. says:

November 1, 2007, 10:08 am

well guyz i have lived in Salem since i was born, tournist are a pain in the neck since they alwayz for some reason get lost and end up at my job asking for directions! STOP,its anoying as hell!!! and before salem was not just salem peabody and danvers and other places were salem until these places broke appart, the real gallows hill is in danvers!! get it go there… you guys drive like idiots annd block intersections that say do not blok intersections. oh and by the way if a parking lot has arrows of how you get in and out follow them. durr and please buy a map and stop getting lost…

jennifer b. says:

November 1, 2007, 10:10 am

i know sum things are pelled wrong like tourists but in in a hurry so f it!.

jennifer b. says:

November 1, 2007, 10:11 am

i know sum things are spelled wrong like tourists but in in a hurry so f it!.
you c im out…

eliizabeth says:

November 1, 2007, 10:15 am

hun, yo…. i live in salem too since i was born and the real gallows hill is in peabody! get your facts straight ok! oh and i agree on the tourists it is a pain and they always get lost!

gay fag says:

November 2, 2007, 8:17 am


Don9992 says:

December 28, 2007, 12:40 am

I went on one of the walking ghost tours of Salem last year. I snapped a lot of pics just to see what would turn up and was rewarded with a large collection of orb shots. FYI, in all the years I’ve shot pictures I never had orbs in them but this walk yielded about 20 shots containing one or more orbs.

Spookyfreak says:

March 15, 2008, 3:40 pm

I live soooo close to salem!! And I never knew that happened! Freaky!

But Ive been to salem a lot and nothing has ever
happened to me…..
oh well

cassie says:

March 16, 2008, 4:19 pm

Okay first off, I believe in ghosts so I don’t have any problems with those stories. Honestly though some of you are getting a lot of stuff wrong. First, about all the “Giles put a curse on the Sheriff”, please I highly doubt that this man was powerful enough to curse somebody just by speaking it out loud. I do believe in witchs though, I am a witch so I know how it works. For the person that said no person got hung for having herbs, wrong. Back then anybody caught with herbs, books on such things, hell if a cat walked into your yard you were suspected of Witchcraft. I’m not saying they didn’t go after Christians they did because they were sick ******** they went after anybody. It is correct though that us witchs don’t believe in the Devil. I know a lot about this stuff, and some of the above comments are crazy!

maria says:

March 30, 2008, 5:28 am

HELLO PEOPLE! I don’t know if any of you realized that this “things” are real and it even worst that you could ever imagine this “things” ghosts and spirits and stuff can harm you, didn’t any of you ever hard of possessions ´well this “things” can do please don’t make this a competition.
believe me you don’t want to met or see this ghosts spirits or even demons

Kirah says:

April 9, 2008, 12:20 pm

Ok look, he said more weight not more rocks you guys need to get your facts straight and yes I am so sick of people comming to Salem and always asking me things at work so if you want information just go to a stinking tore ok! sorry about that rant but he did say more rocks

jw says:

April 23, 2008, 1:02 am

A few years back I took one of Salems haunted tours, and this was one of the stops. What creeped me out was the fact that the house and I share the same name…

Theresa Ramirez says:

June 20, 2008, 8:14 pm

Ha Ha!!! This story is fun-ny cuz i read the coments and went on the web to find out that they were true!(the comments) What kind of idiot do you think i am to be believin’ in all your crappola?! Well let me tell you this, yesterday i saw a cow i my back yard and it decided to spend the night at my grandmas!!! Now let’s see if your crappola beats mine!!!!!!! that’s what you get 4 messin’ with the crappola queen!!!Next time that cow comes 2 visit i’ll try 2 milk it!!! :)

ailin says:

June 21, 2008, 11:39 am

dude that’s realy scary i like scary stuff i like have 100 books aboute ghosts i mean real story’s

William ALIA says:

June 22, 2008, 9:30 pm

All these tails of haunted houses are imaginable by human being , always we heard stories but we see only movies, let’s be real and rid of this absurd, we don’t want to go back to the past where people were not intelectual , it’s 2008 we need to be real and do step in , not step out , please inform us about technology better than waste time then our lives.

danika says:

July 17, 2008, 12:55 am

heyy pplz…
umm ghosts areee deff. real…
i just got back from a grave yard and all i see is these
weird clearish, sometimes short or tall looking things or (ghosts) as we say. buit still . u should believe its
all true and it very little when u meet ppl that know how to contact ghost. :]
please stay chill. :}

ke says:

August 28, 2008, 10:38 pm

how come no one has talked about how the trials became a way to gain land? if you accused someone you could posibley aquire there land in the deal- and giles said more weight fyi- Salem is my home town and i have worked directly with historians having worked at the witch dungeon- pioneer village- and the gables- and they were puritans not christians duh-

Melanie says:

September 8, 2008, 4:34 pm

The act of “pressing” was actually on the lawbooks. It was used before the witch trials in England and other countries as a sentence. It was on the English lawbooks to use it in a non plea to get the accused to plea aye or nay to their accusation. Giles was pressed for this same reason. He was the first and last person to have this applied in a “lawful” mannor in America. As for his last words, it is hotly debated between “more weight” and “damn you, I curse you and all of salem” (speaking to the sherriff). There is nothing to prove either way, since the only written record doesn’t actually tell what his dying words were. Both are heresay and it’s possible that he said nothing, due to the fact that he was being crushed. At a certain point, he would have been able to do nothing.

Sarah says:

September 11, 2008, 4:12 pm

Okay, to the moron who said “witches don’t exist” obviously doesn’t know of the particular religion called “Wicca” in which some of it’s followers call themselves “witches” and it has actually been around longer than Christianity. So saying that it doesn’t exist might as well be saying that Christianity does not exist.
On the subject of orbs – they prove nothing since they could be a reflection off of dust, insects, mist, or reflective surfaces.
To the person who said Giles Corey meant to say “more weight” I say “how in the world would we know what he ‘meant’ to say?”
To the person who said that Gallows Hill is not haunted – I was reading a historical web site that said they doubt the hangings actually took place there since the carts carrying the victims would not be able to go up that hill.
Okay… I’m not reading anymore of these reviews since some of them are just soooo ridiculous that I can feel my IQ dropping.
btw, if anyone’s interested in witch hunts, I strongly recommend reading the Malleus Maleficarum.

Fiona Broome says:

September 22, 2008, 9:23 am

Thank you for many great insights regarding haunted Salem. I’m collecting information for my next book — which will be about Salem’s ghosts — and these comments have suggested good points for me to research.

rosemary says:

October 8, 2008, 9:33 am

Went to Salem the day before Halloween. Nothing really was scarey other than the motor cycles that were loud…lol

But it was fun and hope to see it again sometime

nikky says:

October 11, 2008, 2:50 pm

died of natural causes, most people do that duh. Just cause a candle falls doesnt mean its a ghost, candles always melt and fall. IF you believe in ghost then you believe that the temp. will drop… the corner is a pyshic thing, you believe it it will happen. Jeez, some of you are really… different.

todd says:

October 14, 2008, 5:15 pm

lol @ morons who said witches dont exist thats real funny. i guess jews dont exist either. and by the way sarah i have read the malleus maleficarum and i find it a greater read than the bible

Desiree says:

October 28, 2008, 8:25 pm

He did curse the sheriff when he died n itz a true stor when i went to salem and took the spellbound ghost tour we went to this place n i have real pics of ghosts in front of the building it is truly haunted want proof i’ll send you the pictures!

John says:

November 5, 2008, 1:51 pm

the truth is that Giles corey did curse the sheriff. he stated very clearly “Sheriff Corwin, I Hex you and this Hellish village of salem and this county of essex.” It is in a document housed in the Peabody Essex Museum you need credentials and have to wait on a list for a long time to see them. most of the documents were destroyed in the great fire of salem in 1914.
Dont trust spellbound tours.
they lie.

I know I’m an Expert on the history of the
town not her competition, however I do offer
Private Tours if requested.

blondie says:

November 5, 2008, 7:42 pm

hello i am very interested in this type of thing if it is possible to give me some address to the haunted places in salem i would greatly appreciate it. thank you

michelle says:

December 17, 2008, 4:49 pm

ghosts appear as orbs in pictures.

maria harrison says:

December 17, 2008, 9:05 pm

oh ghosts are real. i have been seeing and hearing ghosts for years although not much since i have got older but when i was younger hardly a day went by when i did not see or experience something paranormal. My parents lived in a large victorian house and, although itself wasnt spooky, lots of spooky things happened there and when i left home i seem to have taken some spirits with me because i was haunted for many years after i left and in many different homes. I have lots of stories I could tell but you probably wouldnt believe me, not many people do. All I know is that I have had so called “hard men” terrified at some of the goings on in my home. I know it is hard to believe if you havent experienced it yourself but dont be too quick to discount all stories as fake

kelly says:

April 1, 2009, 8:49 pm

All as i know is that when i went to Salem i went by the joshua ward house, and i took several sets of photos. The center window facing the house is highly haunted. There were a lot of orbs in one photo and then there were none in the next photo.

Jillian says:

July 18, 2009, 9:30 am

I so think that place is haunted.Also to all you ppl who think an orb is a ball of light your wrong it is a ball of energy from a sprit!GOSH

ToriAngel says:

March 14, 2010, 6:30 pm

I have been to Salem,Ma many many times my first time visiting I somehow knew exactly where to go and how to get there (and I am usually directionally challenged lol) We went to the House of the 7 Gables but werent able to take the tour I was disappointed as I have always loved Nathaniel Hawthorne’s writings… we did alot of “touristy” things (and yes as a person who visits there often I do “feel” for the residents the traffic IS bad, some ppl are very rude and they should get more info before going there as well as be respectful of ppl and property I have seen laws violated often it bothered me and I dont live there) I was NOT impressed by some of the stuff felt I wasted money also felt I could do a better job then some of the so called “tour guides” … a few years later I went back with a Wiccan friend she brought me to other places that was a MUCH more enjoyable visit … I now try to go to Salem every Halloween/Samhaim its more of a large block party the whole city is into it although this past year it was a bit disappointing and more like a large college party town than other times I have gone ….

since my first trip to Salem I have been told some family memebers/ancestors are buried there another friend and I literally went to EVERY cemetery in Salem there was a cyrpt with one of my family names at one place however the ancestors I was looking for then werent buried there a short time after that I learned that crypt DOES contain some of my ancestors in fact, one of my ancestors was a Mayor of Salem maybe it sounds strange to others but to me i then understood why i feel so “at home” in Salem

as far as ghosts I have seen them in Salem its not like ppl seem to think or believe I have seen some things while I have visited that can only be described as supernatural

whether you believe or not thats your individual choice

the Pilgrims came here in search of a land where they could practice their religious freedom

if you dont agree with another’s thoughts views or beliefs you have the right to your own that’s part of our freedom here in this country and it should be respected people do not deserve to be attacked, abused, mocked , harrassed b/c their opinions differ from another

there are things to learn from the witch trials regardless of why they may have happened hopefully these type of acts of persection will never be repeated in history here in our country

i am looking forward to my next visit to Salem …since my last visit I have learned that I possibly have a family tree link)s) to someone who was hanged during the witch trials still looking for the connections/proof the person who shared it didnt know the details but that would connect my family tree on both sides to the Salem area :)

I have also been to Peabody, Danvers (the memorial site there)

I think people should experience a visit to Salem if not for the history of the witch trials but for many other layers of history also there and the sheer BEAUTY of the city

Luvjdepp says:

March 27, 2010, 3:39 am

That picture is very unsettling, yet at the same time compelling. Personally though, I think it’s someone wearing a costume as it looks way too three dimensional to be a spirit.

The first time I saw that picture was on a program called “Haunted History: New England” and I swear it was a color photo. Either way, hoax or not, that damn thing is ugly to look at.

L says:

May 9, 2010, 4:16 am

@ Potter
Giles Corey did in fact curse the Sheriff. His name was George Corwin
It is said that Corey’s final breath was “I curse you and Salem”
About 4 years later, Corwin died of what seemed to be heart failure.
Since then, it is said that all sheriffs in Essex county have either died or have retired from heart-related ailments.

He said “More Weight.” Corey wasn’t a petrified man. In fact, the only way they couldn’t condemn him of his witchery…or wizardry, as they called men accused, was to not say anything at all when he was being tried. He was reserved, and was willing to protect his family at all costs because the citizens could divide up his land if he admitted to the “crime.” Corey had a well-kept farm and a good chunk of land, thus, remained calm and reserved, even as he was being pressed to death.
Rumor has it that even his tongue popped out with the exceeding pressure. The “Pressing” lasted about 3 or 4 days, which is agonizing torture. Many tours won’t tell you they tortured those kept captive in jails and whatnot, but it’s very, very true. This all happened.

As for the Ward house, it’s built on Corwin’s home, and supposedly he was buried there for several years until they moved his body to Broad Street Cemetery.

I live in Salem, MA. Born and raised.
Whoever doesn’t believe this needs to go back to their history books and review a little bit. The Witch nonsense began over in England and worked its way over with the settlers, who were busy trying to cram Christianity down the throats of everybody else. Even though there were no REAL WITCHES, the whole event still holds true and the haunting of those innocent individuals is still valid and proven.

julia says:

August 28, 2010, 1:29 pm

I think his is true in some way. Every time I walk by the Joshua Ward House, in one of the windows, I see a white bust statue, then the next time I walk by it, the bust is gone.

Maria says:

October 24, 2010, 6:09 pm

I only passed by this house on a trip through Salem. Wish I could have toured the house.
The house of seven gables was supposed to be haunted, but I didn’t witness anything when I toured it…

L says:

October 24, 2010, 8:57 pm

The Lyceum in Salem is. By Bridget Bishop whose orchard was there prior. Also, on the sixth floor of the Hawthorne Hotel, one of the rooms is also fairly haunted. I work at a photography studio in Salem, and one of the customers were spending a few evenings there. They said it was pretty spooky.

Another recommended place I’d visit is Howard St Cemetery. I only recommend it because not too long ago, before the “Great Escape” was built into the old jail, I snuck in at dusk just to get a glimpse of what was inside. I’m not easily spooked…but this place just…gives me the worst feeling and I get uncomfortable showing even the cemetery off to my friends who visit from all around. I don’t think I’ll be going back in there…Not with the renovations and everything.

Lastly, it’s not “Roosevelts” anymore, but…I think it’s called “Spirits 500″ or something. Whatever is across from Hess a bit down the way. Supposedly that’s haunted.

If you wanna be somewhere that gives to bad vibes, go to Howard St Cemetery or even Gallows Hill at night.

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Brian says:

February 3, 2011, 10:10 pm

My Dad was was Boston but unfortunately I grew up in north Jersey and ended up in Maryland a place where few honor history. I have relatives all over NE,,,Manchester, Bridgten, Springfield, New Bedford, Baaston, etc and spent many summers in Eastham on the Cape.I like going to Bridgton in October…is a great little town. NE too dam, cold in Winter though, I love the Ravens but Belichek the best coach in football and Brady is great. I plan on going to Salem this year and wonder if it is worht the hype. Will go in October. New England really nice but folks in the South are much friendlier…whatever they color or race. I did not believe in ghosts for a long time but this guy who left comments saying he is a physicist and ghosts are bs,,,idiot. It was a physicist who convinced me ghosts are real. I did not completely understand what he was telling me but it had to do with energy and other dimensions, string theory etc…all of which made him speculate that personal energy, what we call ghosts could be a real possibility, My wife who is religous says ghosts do not exist….she says what we think are ghosts are demons. Now that is scary!

AthenaNY says:

July 10, 2011, 9:39 pm

I saw the picture of the ghost on tv.It’s freaky!It’s a woman with wild frizzy/curly hair and a face you can’t really make out.I was hopin the picture was here too

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