This house, down the road from Ingersoll’s ordinary, was built in 1681 by innkeeper Thomas Haines (alternate spellings Haynes, Hayne), who lived here with his wife Sarah until 1703. He was in his early 30s during the witchcraft delusion. Thomas was the eldest son of Sarah and WIlliam Haines. After his father William died, his mother married Joseph Houlton, and lived nearby, at 19 Centre Street.
Haines, a “leading man of the village” according to historian Charles Upham, was one of the six villagers who posted bail for Reverend George Burroughs when he was arrested for debt in 1683. Haines also testified on Burroughs’s behalf.