Salem - Joshua Ward House

Salem - Joshua Ward House

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The Joshua Ward House is Known as one of the most haunted houses in the United States. It is built on the foundation of the home of George Corwin, the man who served as Sheriff during the Salem witch trials. Corwin is infamous for his role in the death of Giles Corey, a local man who was charged with witchcraft. When Corey refused to enter a plea in court, Corwin used an old English legal precedent and placed him under a board piled with rocks in order to coerce him into talking. Corey never relented, and was eventually crushed to death under the massive weight. To this day, many claim that Corey and Corwin, who is rumored to be buried beneath the foundation of his old home, haunt the Joshua Ward House.

In 1981, Richard Carlson purchased the Joshua Ward property and used it as offices for his realty business, and almost immediately, strange things started happening. The burglar alarm would constantly go off at night (reportedly over 60 times in a two year time frame), getting Richard or another employee out of bed to attend to it. Doors would shut on their own and lights would go on and off, activated by unseen hands.

In one particularly interesting incident, an employee had two candlesticks on the fireplace mantle in her office. As she unlocked her office one morning, she noticed that the candlesticks were turned upside down on the mantle, and the candles themselves were actually on the floor, one bent in an 'S' shape, and the other into a 'boomerang' shape, as if they had been melted and manipulated.

Another odd incident happened to Richard Carlson when a land graph that he was asked for floated out of its storage closet and landed softly on the ground in front of him and another witness.

Cold spots are reported in the corner of one room. Some guests have reported seeing an elderly ghost sitting by the fireplace and roaming about the house. Photos occasionally show anomalies, one of the most famous is the "Witch" photo.
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