Salem's Haunted Daniels House for Sale Nov 16, 2018 19:41:04 GMT -5
Post by Graveyardbride on Nov 16, 2018 19:41:04 GMT -5
Salem’s Haunted Daniels House for Sale
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own one of Salem’s most historic homes – one that was standing when 19 convicted witches were hanged at Gallows Hill and Giles Corey was pressed to death at what is now the Howard Street Cemetery. Built in 1667 for shipwright Stephen Daniels (1632-1686/87), the “Daniels House” at One Daniels Street is one of the area’s oldest residences. The 3,935 square-foot, 7-bedroom, 3½-bath dwelling features multiple fireplaces, wide pine-board floors and exposed beams. According to records, the oldest parts of the building are the first and second stories of the southern half of the structure. The northern half, third floor and large lean-to addition were added by Samuel Silsbee, Daniels’ great-grandson and a carpenter by trade, in 1756.
For 55 years, Catherine “Kay” B. Gill, who died March 19, 2018, at the age of 86, operated the old First Period home as a B&B. Unfortunately, Mrs. Gill was apparently more interested in collecting what she called “antiques” than she was in keeping up the house, which is in dire need of significant repairs and basic upkeep inside and out.
And yes, it’s haunted. For years there have been reports of a grey tabby cat in the Daniels House that witnesses believe is real until the phantom feline simply vanishes into thin air. Another specter is that of a man in black Puritan attire and there is speculation he could be the spirit of Stephen Daniels himself. The third ghost is a woman in a long skirt who tumbles down the stairs. There is no record of anyone who died from a fall at the residence, but the structure is 351-years-old and a lot can happen in 3½ centuries.
So if you love ghosts and witches, want a house with connections to both and have $550,000 (reduced from $610,000) to spare, the Daniels House is for you. But if you have dreams of operating a witchy B&B, be advised One Daniels Street is zoned R2 (two-family) and listed as a single-family home.
Sources: Merry Fox Realty; Trulia; TripAdvisor; Barbara Poole, Life from the Roots; and Cremation Boston.