Rebecca Nurse Family Cemetery and House, 1678, Danvers, Mass.

On a March day in 1692 friends came to the Nurse house to tell Rebecca she had been accused of witchcraft. Seventy-one year old, bedridden with illness, Nurse dumbfoundly responsed, "As to this thing I am Innocent as the child unborne." Even a reprieve from Governor Phips and a petiton from influential neighbors could not save her from execution on Gallows Hill, July 19. Her body was retrieved by family members and secretly returned to this farm and buried in an unmarked grave.
(Photography by Joseph R. Modugno) close window