Once home to wealthy sea captain Joshua Ward, the Joshua Ward House was built in 1784 and originally owned by George Corwin, the High Sheriff during the Salem Witch Trials. For many years, Corwin’s remains were housed in the basement, though they eventually were moved to a nearby cemetery. Rumor has it that Corwin’s spirit still haunts the house.

The picture on the right: A real estate agent was snapping some publicity pictures of another person inside the Joshua Ward house in Salem, Ma. when this picture appeared when the film was developed. The exact date of the picture is unknown. Corwin was responsible for the death of many alleged witches during Salem’s dark days. It is said a curse was put upon him and all subsequent sheriffs by Giles Corey, who was crushed to death by placing rocks atop his body in an effort to force him to confess to dabbling in the black arts (and to a greater degree allow Corwin to lawfully seize his property). Other activity said to surround the house includes candles that fly out of their holders and melt, alarms that go on by themselves and the sighting of an elderly spirit by the fireplace. Could the subject of this photograph be one of the poor souls who was condemned to death by Sheriff Corwin?

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