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The Heritage Trail leads you to the Witch House on the corner of Essex and Summer Streets.

Built in 1642, this is one of the oldest dwellings in the United States. It was the home of Jonathan Corwin, a magistrate during the witchcraft hysteria of 1692, and it remained in the Corwin family until the well into the 1800's. It was rescued from demolition and restored by Historic Salem, Inc. in 1944.

The Witch House
The Witch House

From here you can easily walk around and explore the handsome and interesting streets of the McIntire Historic District.

Even today the McIntire Historic District still offers an extraordinary array of fine residential period architecture, as well as a number of vintage public buildings and churches.

Chestnut Street Chestnut Street
This district includes Chestnut Street which is a Registered National Historic Landmark and a showcase of grand antique houses.
Phillips House
Stephen Phillips Memorial Trust House

One of these federal style mansions, the Stephen Phillips Memorial Trust House (shown at left), is open to the public for tours from May through October. Its carriage house features a wonderful collection of antique vehicles.

Carriage House

Another focal point in the McIntire Historic District is Hamilton Hall, a McIntire design, built between 1805 and 1807, and named in honor of Alexander Hamilton. It remains a popular center for social and cultural activities in the area. The handsome ballroom with its Palladian windows and "spring" dance floor takes up most of the second and third floors. Hamilton Hall
Hamilton Hall
Pickering House

On Broad Street, stop by The Pickering House which has been occupied by members of the Pickering family since the first section of the house was built in 1651. This fascinating house is open to visitors. From the hill in the historic Broad Street Cemetery across the street, generations of Pickerings keep eternal watch over their ancestral home.

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