Visiting Day at the ‘Witch House,’ Pigeon Cove, circa 1920


A couple days late for Halloween, but here is another view of the Witch House in Pigeon Cove. I’ve posted several other images of this house, which you can find herehere, here and here.

The name comes from the popular story that the house was built in 1692 by two brothers from Salem to protect their mother, who fled Salem on suspicion of being a witch. The house is also called the Garrison House and some accounts say the original structure was built in 1676 as a defense garrison during King Philip’s War.

The caption and picture on this postcard suggest that the house was once open to visitors. The house is now a private residence. It had been owned by the same family since 1925, but was sold to a new owner last year.

The postcard was published by Rockport Photo Bureau. There is no date or postmark. Judging by the markings on the reverse of the card and the fashion of the people pictured, I estimate it to be from around 1920.

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3 Responses to Visiting Day at the ‘Witch House,’ Pigeon Cove, circa 1920

  1. David Cutler says:

    Does the new owner know this spooky history? And are they hosting a rockin Halloween party!?

  2. Robert, do you have a date for when the Rockport Photo Company actually began publishing?

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