8. Sarah Osborne House

Sarah Osborne House

272 Maple Street opposite Gorman Road.

This house, constructed c. 1660, was the home of Sarah Osborne in 1692. Sarah Osborne, Sarah Good, and Tituba Indian were the first persons accused of witchcraft by the circle of girls. Osborne was examined on March 1 by John Hathorne and Jonathan Corwin at the Salem Village meetinghouse. She denied any meddling with the devil and stated that "shee was more like to be bewitched than that she was a witch."

An entry in a Boston jailer's accounts reads "To the Keeping of Sarah Osbourn from the 7th of March to the 10th of May when she died." She never came to trial. Old and infirm, she succumbed to the harsh treatment she received in prison. As a woman of property in the Village, she had created a scandal by marrying her manservant, Alexander Osborne. In 1692, she was a prime candidate for witchhood. The house has been moved here from its original site. It is privately owned.