Map: Sites in the Life of Rebecca Nurse

This documented map shows the sites where major events in Rebecca Nurse’s life occurred. Rebecca (Towne) Nurse was baptized in Great Yarmouth, England in 1621, and came to Salem Town, Massachusetts around 1635. She married Francis Nurse in 1645, and had 8 children before adopting two more. In 1678, the Nurse Family moved to Salem Village. In 1692, Rebecca Nurse was accused and executed for witchcraft as part of the Salem Village Witch-Hunt.

Included on this map are sites from her life before 1692 – such as places she lived and worshiped, locations related to her time in the Witch-Hunt of 1692, and the location of her execution, presumed burial, and the 1885 memorial to her. These sites from her life are located in Great Yarmouth, England, Salem, Mass., Boston, Mass., and most importantly Salem Village (present-day Danvers), Mass. The most significant location on this map is the Rebecca Nurse Homestead, where she and her husband Francis lived leading up to 1692, where she was arrested on charges of witchcraft, and where she is traditionally said to be buried.

Press the button with a square in the top-right corner of the map to make it full screen. In this view, there several “layers” that can be selected on the sidebar. Each layer shows a route taken by Rebecca in 1692 (1. The route Rebecca was taken from the Salem Village Meetinghouse to Salem Town Jail after her initial hearing on March 24, 1692 – 2. The Approximate Route Rebecca was taken from Salem Jail to the ferry to Boston on April 12 – 3. The route from the ferry landing to the Boston Jail through downtown Boston – 4. The route from the Salem Jail to the execution site on July 19, 1692). The maps used to determine the routes to Boston are listed on the two markers showing the ferry landings. These layers/routes can be toggled on and off.

-Red markers: Where Rebecca lived, or where she and her husband Francis owned land.
-Purple markers: churches and meetinghouses
-Yellow markers: Places Rebecca was in 1692, related to the witch-hunt
-Black markers: related sites

Photos:

-Several sites have multiple photos, which can be accessed by clicking on the photo above the site description in the map sidebar. Photos (including historical photos) for several markers have been added by the author, which are cited in the description of the sites. Photos for a few sites were automatically added by Google Maps, such as the ones for St. Nicholas Church in England. These photos list the Google User’s name when the photo is clicked on.

(If using mobile phone, click on the marker’s title for much more info)