Old Witch Gaol and the Second Witchcraft Hysteria


House which held prisoners during the Witchcraft Hysteria

Old Salem Gaol where the victims of the Witchcraft Hysteria were held was torn down in the year of the Second Witchcraft Hysteria in 1811. The ground was broken for the new jail that year. We’re they expecting a larger turnout?

A woman coming from Boston was staying in a house on Northey Street was complaining about someone tormenting her and bewitching her remotely. A thousand people gathered in front of the house and the preachers were meeting on the Common. The Second Witchcraft Hysteria came to an end when the overseer of the Poor House confronted the woman who had no occupation with residency in his house or the choice of removing herself from town. She left.

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