The old houses of Danvers, Massachusetts

Danvers, MA  was settled in 1636 as Salem Village, and was the home of many of the accusers and the accused during the Salem witch trials.  The Rebecca Nurse Homestead in Danvers is a historical landmark. According to legend, the King rejected the town's petition for its own charter, with the words, "The King Unwilling." In 1757, the town was … Continue reading The old houses of Danvers, Massachusetts

Glen Magna

Glen Magna and the Joseph Peabody Family of Salem

Article by Helen Breen Before the advent of the modern transportation, affluent city dwellers often built their summer residences within a few miles of home. Such was the case when shipping magnate Joseph Peabody (1757-1844), "the richest man in Salem," chose Glen Magna in Danvers as his county seat during the War of 1812. Over … Continue reading Glen Magna and the Joseph Peabody Family of Salem

Elizabeth Whitman – The “Mysterious Coquette,” July 25, 1788

The Elizabeth Whitman Mystery at the Old Bell Tavern in Danvers Elizabeth Whitman arrived at the Bell Tavern in Danvers, Massachusetts in the late spring of 1788. Refined, pleasant and beautiful, she was also pregnant. Whitman checked into the tavern under the name of Walker. She was from Connecticut, she told the innkeeper, and said … Continue reading Elizabeth Whitman – The “Mysterious Coquette,” July 25, 1788

An old pear tree grows in Danvers…

 A History of the Endecott Pear Tree by Richard B. Trask The 375-year-old Endecott Pear Tree in Danvers was planted under the direction of the first Massachusetts Governor, English Puritan John Endecott (c 1588-1665). Endecott sailed from England to the New World aboard the ship Abigail in 1628, landing at a small peninsula the native inhabitants called Naumkeag. Endecott established a permanent … Continue reading An old pear tree grows in Danvers…