Ingersoll’s Ordinary (1670)

The earliest sections of Ingersoll’s Ordinary in Danvers date to around 1670, although the building has had additions and changes over the years, most notably in 1753. In the late seventeenth century, when Danvers was known as Salem Village, this ordinary, an early type of inn and tavern, was run by Deacon Nathaniel Ingersoll. During the Salem Witch Hysteria of 1692, the ordinary was used by those involved in the examinations, held at the nearby meetinghouse. The first group of women to be accused were originally going to be examined at the ordinary, but the large crowds required the use of the meetinghouse. Tituba, a slave owned by Samuel Parris, was one of the first three people accused of practicing witchcraft during the Salem witch trials. Her husband, John Indian, also owned by Parris, worked at the ordinary. The former ordinary is now a private residence.

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4 Responses to Ingersoll’s Ordinary (1670)

  1. Mike says:

    Is there any info on which portion of the existing house is part of the original 1670 building, and what the house looked like during the period of the trials? The house is currently for sale so I wonder how much restoration it would need to take out the “mistakes,” people made over the years.

  2. Daniel says:

    I don’t know, but maybe you could find out by contacting the Danvers Historical Society.

  3. Elizabeth Moss says:

    Do you know how many years the building remained in the Ingersoll family?

  4. Kate says:

    As a child who grew up in this home, I can respond. My parents took great care in respecting the historical value of the home and also took great pride as a resident of Danvers/”Salem”. My father walked the militia trails and was on the historical society for many years. The home was sold and from what I understand, the new owners do not reside there. The entire structure remains as it was built in 1670 when we sold it. Cauldron included. Ghosts as well.

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