Must be the Season of the Witch

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Real Estate Agent with The Buyers' Counsel

witch trialsEveryone knows about the mass hysteria known as the Salem Witch Trials. The trials took place between 1692 and 1693 and the actual location was in Salem, Ipswich, Boston and Charlestown. 

Back then, the act of behaving "strangely" could cause one to be accused of the felony crime of witchcraft which was punishable by death.  During the trials 150 people were arrested and twenty-nine people were convicted.  Of those who were convicted, fourteen women and six men were eventually executed. 

Aside from the original site of the accusations and high drama, there was another important connection to the Salem Witch Trials.  That one was right here in the Metrowest in Framingham, Massachusetts.

In 1692 Deputy Governor Thomas Danforth was one of the early judges who presided over the infamous witch trials and it is widely thought that he left that position over his distain for the inhumane proceedings.  

Judge Danforth had previously acquired at least 16,000 acres of land in Colonial government grants that had become his home.  This settlement which was originally known as "Danforth Farms" was later to be renamed "Framingham." 

After leaving the trials Thomas Danforth worked behind the scenes to rescue a number of the accused that were fleeing from the persecution and death sentences that hovered over them from these hearings.  

Salem End Road HouseIn fact it was Judge Danforth who turned over a large portion of his settlement to these unfortunate families who were seeking asylum and safety from the cruel treatment they faced.

The part of Framingham that he donated with its stately homes, beautiful architecture and a quiet residential atmosphere still stands as tribute to the safe harbor that was given to so many and who were provided with freedom from the hysteria of the times.

And, the street that carries with it so much historical significance for its part in the events still bears the appropriate name of "Salem End Road."

 

 

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Sheryl Lynn:

You are welcome.

Leslie:

From one history buff to another - thanks for reading.

 

Oct 14, 2010 09:59 AM #3
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I love this little history lesson that you've shared with us here teacher Claudette!

Here's an apple for the teacher....

Oct 14, 2010 10:23 AM #4
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Craig:

Beautiful apple.  Thank you!

And, thanks for reading my little history lesson.

 

Oct 14, 2010 10:58 AM #5
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Claudette - Gotta say, I too found it a really interesting story.  I've always enjoyed the stories of the witch hunts.

Oct 14, 2010 11:30 AM #6
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Donne:

Being from this area I am closely tied into all of the stories of what happened during the those times and I wonder how long I would have lasted if I had lived back then.

Oct 14, 2010 11:41 AM #7
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I love reading about your local history.  This one is just in time for Halloween.  I bet we all would have been burned at the stake back then. 

Oct 14, 2010 01:13 PM #8
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Claudette...

An absolutely wonderful piece on your local history.

Featured in the Group "Whacked!!!"

Oct 14, 2010 01:23 PM #9
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Chris Ann:

I don't know about all of us but I think you and I would have been :)

Richard:

Thanks so much for that!

 

 

Oct 14, 2010 01:49 PM #10
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Ken Barker Realtor® GRI, E-Pro Certified
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Claudette - I enjoyed the read. Not much of a history buff myself but I enjoy these little excerpts.And the residences that have that history.

Oct 14, 2010 02:37 PM #11
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Claudette, I guess I'm still a little amazed at how ignorant, frightened, or hysterical we can be or were.  I think I would have to agree with Chris that we would all be burned at the stake. 

For many this is something we only read about in history...I get the sense from you that it's quite different actually living where those events took place.  I enjoyed the read.

Oct 14, 2010 03:45 PM #12
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Ken:

All things history are fascinating to me.  I am glad you enjoyed it.

Nick:

When you live around here there is more of an awareness of what happened during the those witch trials.  And there is always the occasional trip to Salem (although not around Halloween, it's too crowded then.)

As you may have noted, I agreed with Chris Ann.  If we had to withstand the test of being a bit strange, I think a lot of us would have been in trouble.

 

Oct 14, 2010 03:59 PM #13
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Diane McDermott
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Fascinating Claudette!  Thanks for sharing this, I love places with history. Sounds like Framingham certainly has quite an interesting origin and past

Oct 15, 2010 02:37 AM #14
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Scott Hayes
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Claudette,

 

Sounds like Framingham might be a good choice for a visit on a New England trip. If that house is indicative of what one could expect, I'll have to make it a day trip. Love old houses

Oct 16, 2010 04:18 PM #15
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Great localism Claudette.  And I'm so glad I wasn't around in that era "behaving strangly" . . . hmmm . . . plenty of "witches" afoot if that were true today!  LOL

Oct 21, 2010 03:09 PM #16
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You should have given us some music to listen to while we were reading local history about witches. Here is a good one that I like a lot: Season of the Witch, by Donovan.

Oct 26, 2010 02:44 PM #17
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Pam Crawford
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What a great post.  Both timely and local!!!  I learned more about the history of my own state.  Thanks for educating me more.

Oct 30, 2010 02:45 AM #18
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What a great story.  History can be so colorful.  It's especially nice when we get another side3 of a story.

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What a great "rest of the story" narrative. Of course now I will have Donovon's song playing in my head all day long! Glad to see you here again and I hope you are doing well!

Nov 03, 2010 07:23 AM #20
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Hey, Claudette – We’re missing you. Hope all is well and that you’re really busy, but we hope you’ll be back to Play in the Rain with us soon.

Nov 05, 2010 03:43 AM #21
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Hello Claudette, I'm just back checking on you and want to echo Russel's sentiment.

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