The Rebecca Nurse Homestead is one of the most important sites to visit in Danvers. Located on Pine Street, it is open from May through November. It is owned and operated by the Danvers Alarm List Company.
The first three women to be accused of witchcraft in 1692 were easy targets for a witch-hunt – Tituba, a slave; Sarah Good, a beggar; and Sarah Osborne (alternate spelling Osburn, Osborn, Osbourne), an invalid who scandalized the neighborhood by marrying a former indentured servant. However, the next two individuals to be accused were shocking. Both respected and established within the community, Martha Corey was a full communing church member and a deeply religious woman, while Rebecca Nurse was a 71-year-old devout, God-fearing woman who had raised eight children to adulthood, all of whom lived nearby. Rebecca and her husband Francis worked diligently on their 300-acre farm, located in the very center of Salem Village.