18. Saint Peter's Church

Saint Peter's Church

Located on the northeast corner of Brown and St. Peter Streets.

This church was established In 1733 largely through the support of the wealthy Salem merchant Philip English. English was accused of witchcraft in 1692 but escaped from prison and fled to New York. The sheriff, George Corwin, seized English's property for the Crown. When English returned to Salem in 1693, he found his home ransacked and his warehouses empty. Tradition says that after Corwin's death in 1697, English seized his corpse and forced Corwin's executors to pay him reparations for his losses in 1692. English is buried in an unmarked place beneath the church chapel which was built at a later date over the old Anglican cemetery. A small exhibit in his honor can be found inside.