1692: SALEM AND WITCHCRAFT

Salem is a strange and wonderful city, with a dark and complicated history. In 1692 it was the epicenter of the worst witch hunt the  New World Colonies had seen in their short existence. Join BTF walking tours as we try to unpack the fear and religious extremism of long ago that led to the deaths of over two dozen people.

 

In the early months of 1692 Betty Parris and Abigail Williams suffered the affliction of a witch, they were under a dark hand. In the minds of the Puritans, this wasn't a coincidence, as this occurred in the home of Reverend Parris, the Minister of Salem Village. No longer was the Devil on  their doorstep, he was now in their very homes.  

 

Over the coming months fear spread like wildfire, consuming the Massachusetts Bay Colony, as their shining city on a hill was beset by spectral attacks by witches. Our Salem witch tour attempts to understand the whys and how that the Salem Witchcraft Trials unfolded how they did. From the winter storms and floods to the very concept of the Devil in their lives and what they believed a witch actually was. 

 

Learn about Sarah Good, Sarah Osbourne, Bridget Bishop, Giles Corey, Rebecca Nurse, the King of Hell himself Reverend George Buroughs. Hear about the young girls so damaged by their own society, and the magistrates who exploited their behavior. Discover the truth of the slave Tituba Indian, and how it was her confession that may have been the most damning evidence in the entire scope of the Salem Witchcraft Trials.

 

BTF walking tours run our Salem Witch Tour typically twice daily at 1:00 and 3:00, please book online to get a spot on one of our walking tours of Salem.