in 1692, Sarah Clayes was convicted of witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials
both her sisters had been accused as well and were hung for their crime
but she somehow managed to escape from prison and along with her husband, Peter,
traveled by foot all the way down the Old Connecticut Path from Ipswich to Framingham
where they eventually built this home in 1693.
Before the Civil War, this house was thought to have been a stop along the underground railroad.
It contained secret compartments and passageways linking the house to the various barns on the property.
Last week, my son and I went exploring this property
and were sad to find it in such bad shape
I really wanted to climb inside to see the interior
but the floor boards were rotted and I could see right down
to the dirt basement in many areas
Apparently, a group in the town is trying to raise funds to restore Sarah’s house
and turn it into a private museum
I would love to see this happen
there is a Facebook Page that contains more info and some intriguing photos of earlier times
Have a look