More About Ship Tavern aka Widow Gedney’s, Site of

When Gedney Sr. died, the business was co-inherited by his son Bartholomew and his daughter-in-law Susanna Gedney. From that point, it became known as “Widow Gedney’s.” During the witchcraft trials, Widow Gedney’s (as well as Gedney’s Tavern, owned by Mary Gedney) was the source of refreshments for trial participants. The Ship Tavern property included extensive orchards, which ran from behind the tavern north toward Church Street, where they abutted the orchards of Bridget Bishop.


Located “at the head of Central Street,” the Ship Tavern was approximately where the back entrance of the Essex Condominiums are today, at 188-190 Essex Street.