For Sale in Salem: Warning, Possibly Haunted

The Joshua Ward House in downtown Salem is up for sale.

The Joshua Ward House, located at 148 Washington St., Salem, is selling for $900,000.
The Joshua Ward House, located at 148 Washington St., Salem, is selling for $900,000.

If you have almost a million dollars and don't mind owning a building that may have a haunted history, this spot in downtown Salem is just for you. 

The historic Joshua Ward House on Washington Street (next door to Dunkin' Donuts) is selling for $900,000, according to this listing posted on Weichert.com.

It's a three-story brick Federal-style commercial building that was listed on the National Register of Historical Places in 1978

Click through the photos above for a virtual look around the interior of the property. The photos were posted on the Weichert.com listing.

Editor's Note 
: we've photoshopped something spooky into one of the pictures. 

Is it Haunted?

According to this write-up on HauntedHouses.com, Joshua Ward built his mansion on the land where the infamous Sheriff George Corwin once had his house/jail in the 1680s.

"Sheriff George Corwin, nick-named "The Strangler," had the duty to interrogate suspected witches and warlocks, and carried out the painful death sentences, during Salem's shameful witch hunting era, which took place in the years of 1692 - 1693," the site reads. 

According to the history tab on HauntedHouses, Corwin died of a sudden heart attack in 1697, and was interned in his cellar because the ground was frozen and his family was afraid that his body would be dismembered by an unruly crowd.

His grave remained there for many years before being moved to Broad Street Cemetery, according to the site.

Reports of Apparitions

  • A woman with crazy black hair, possibly one of the suspected witches.
  • Giles Corey, who was falsely accused of being a warlock
  • Sheriff George Corwin
A special shout out to Rebecca Barber for pointing out the listing on our Salem Patch Facebook page.
Beth O'Grady February 27, 2014 at 02:36 PM
I have known many people who worked in this building, 100% said it was haunted... good luck with that!


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