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Beverly, MA

This colonial home was built in the late 17th century. Contrary to popular belief, Beverly, MA is where the majority of the infamous Salem Witch Trials occurred.

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Beverly, MA is also home to one of the nations oldest standing wooden frame houses - The Balch House

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John Balch, the immigrant, came from Somersetshire, England in 1623. He received a 1635 grant for 200 acres in what is now Beverly. Records at the Essex County courthouse in Salem show that John—one of the original “planters” of the Salem area—signed the deed for his property in November of 1635. The tradition is that the house was built in 1636 and passed by John to his son, Benjamin Balch.

Recent dating tests, however, suggest that John’s first house may pre-date the current house.


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