View of Gallows Hill, Salem, Massachusetts.

In his history of the Salem witchcraft hysteria Charles W. Upham made note that the place of execution of the condemned witches was "a point where the spectacle would be witnessed by the whole surrounding country far and near, being on the brow of the highest eminence in the vicinity of the town." According to many sources the executions took place on the southern edge of the hill, seen toward the center in this recent photograph. The specific location, however, has been conformed as Proctor's Ledge, between Proctor and Pope Street, near Gallows Hill Park, but closer to Boston Street and the North River.
(Photography by Joseph R. Modugno) close window