If you visit the Old Salem Witch Museum, you will be given a tour of a replica dungeon where the “so-called” witches were held during these preposterous and terrible happenings. The dungeon is quite life-like and contains a beam that was removed from the original dungeon of 1692.
The dungeon was described as a horrible place where entire families (including children) were held in chains, and worse. Whenever flooding occurred the dungeon would begin to fill with water. The water was filled with filth, debris and rats. The people being held in the dungeon were forced to live through this unthinkable agony.
MORE ABOUT THE DUNGEON
I really must tell you that the dungeon is a disturbing experience. It brings to life the agony suffered by the victims of the false convictions of the town’s people of Salem who awaited their executions. Yes, both adults and children were tortured and executed!
THE ACTUAL LOCATION OF THE OLD DUNGEON
“The original dungeon in which the accused witches were held was constructed between 1683 and 1684. The old dungeon was 70 x 280 feet made of hand hewn oak timbers and siding. The conditions in the prison were horrible. Prisoners were held in small cells with no bedding. There were no bars on the cells, but if the prisoners ran away from their punishment they were generally caught and immediately executed. Prisoners were charged for straw bedding and food, and if they could not afford them they did without. Water was also withheld from prisoners since the puritans believed they would be able to get more “confessions” if the prisoners were thirsty. The salaries of the sheriff, magistrate, and hangman were also paid by the prisoners and they were billed for cuffs and other bonds and even for the torturous acts of searching their bodies of witchery “marks” and getting their heads shaved in the process. Many died just from the inhumane condition in the dungeon.
Today, the site of the original dungeon now houses a Gothic style prison house which was built in 1813. The house has recently been renovated into 23 condos, a restaurant and a small museum dedicated to the history of the jail.” (by Haunted America, online)
BELOW ARE PHOTOS I SHOT OF THE OLD JAIL:
DEPARTING THE DUNGEON TO BE EXECUTED
When it was time to be hung each individual was loaded into a cart that was driven the five grueling miles to Gallows Hill.
Attempt at Protecting a Loved One from Being Taken to the Gallows