Witch Trials 1692 Sites Tour
12. Bridget Bishop House
(Plate 19; 238 Conant Street).
the condemned witch Bridget Bishop lived with her husband, Edward, in
the old wing of this house. Arrested on April 18, she was examined the
following day at Ingersoll's ordinary in Salem Village. "I am innocent
to a Witch," she told the magistrates. "I know not what a
Witch is." On June 2, she was tried and found guilty of witchcraft
and was executed eight days later, the first of the nineteen persons
hanged. Years earlier, her neighbors had complained to Reverend John
Hale that she "did entertaine people in her house at unseasonable
houres in the night to keep drinking and playing at shovel-board whereby...
young people were in danger to bee corrupted." Bridget also owned
a second house which stood in Salem. In the cellar walls of the Salem
house, John Bly and his son William "found Severall popitts [dolls]
made up of Raggs And hoggs Brusells w'th headles pins in Them."
The Bishop house is privately owned.