Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 3, 2013

House reveals centuries-old clues about life in the colonies


“It’s all about the different generations that have lived here on the farm and some of the pieces that were left behind," Clemenzi said of the exhibit.

Many pieces, such as olive jars and medicine bottles, date from centuries after the Nurse family lived there. The Phillips students also found cuffs links, rings and broken combs that porbably belonged to visitors to the home, which has been continuously lived in to this day. The property has been a museum since 1909.

The home's most famous resident was Rebecca Nurse, who lived there with her husband, Francis Nurse, and had four daughters and four sons. Nurse was widely respected in Salem Village but in 1692 was accused of witchcraft.

At age 71, she stood trial that summer and was initially found not guilty. The jury later reversed its decision. Rebecca Nurse hung on July 19, 1692. She was one of 20 people executed as part of the trials

The homestead is owned by the Danvers Alarm List Co., a living history group that reenacts 17th century events.


Ethan Forman writes for The Salem, Mass., News.

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