Come join us for our second annual Gala Day event! On Saturday June 22nd step back in time to the 1900′s when the Rebecca Nurse Memorial Association would hold annual “Gala Day” celebrations on the property. Pay the original admission price of ¢ 25 to gain entrance and wander the 26 acre property from 10am-3pm.
Members of the staff dressed in Edwardian fashion for Gala Day 2012.
See people dressed in Edwardian fashions, visit our new exhibit that showcases a selection of artifacts unearthed from archaeological digs done on the property over the past 5 years, hear stories about how the house was restored into a museum in 1908, learn to play colonial games, and more!
Edwardian style refreshments will also be available for purchase throughout the event.
We will be open for the summer season: Thursday-Sunday from 10:00am to 3:00pm starting on June 13.
Check back here for new and exciting events happening this year!
Saturday June 1 at 4PM
Over the course of multiple summers the Rebecca Nurse Homestead in Danvers was at the center of a summer archaeology program run by the University of Southern Maine in conjunction with Philips Andover Academy. Thousands of artifacts were recovered giving a glimpse into the lives of the people who have walked these grounds throughout the years. It also shows there is a history here which predates colonial settlement.
As part of the grand opening we will be hosting a formal lecture with Professor Nate Hamilton and Heather Froshour from the University of Southern Maine. In order to properly display these pieces to the public we have opened a new permanent exhibit space in the Nurse Home. The “Green Room” is an 18th century parlor that has not been seen by the public in decades.
Be among the first to see what was recovered and here from the experts who recovered them the significance of these findings.
Formal Lecture will be held at 4PM in the Meeting House followed by time to explore the exhibit. Please note: seating for the lecture is limited to 70 people, please come early to guarantee a seat.
Admission Adults $7, Seniors $5, Children 6-16 $4
Rebecca Nurse Homestead Preservation Society members FREE
Due to popular demand we will be opening earlier than usual this season.
Starting on April 19th we will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00am to 2:00pm.
NOTE: Our regular summer hours Thursday-Sunday 10:00am to 3:00pm will begin on June 13th.
Please join Sgt. Francis Nurse and his family on Saturday November 24th as they portray the colonial celebration of the fall harvest!
When: Saturday November 24th from 10am to 3pm
Admission: $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students and those under 12 are free! Members of the Rebecca Nurse Homestead Preservation Society get in for FREE.
Various Activities will include:
- Colonial living history demonstrations in the historic Rebecca Nurse House
- A special Thanksgiving appearance by George Washington
- Candle making crafts
- Colonial children’s games
- Holiday themed exhibit: Did you know that Christmas was once banned in Massachusetts? and other colonial holiday facts.
- Seasonal refreshments for sale including everything from gingerbread to hot wassail
All proceeds from this event go to directly to the preservation and maintenance of the Rebecca Nurse Homestead.
We are now closed for the season until spring. A big THANK YOU to those that stopped by to visit us this season, and we hope everyone has a safe winter.
–Rebecca Nurse Homestead Preservation Society
On August 18th and 19th we will be commemorating the anniversary of the death of George Jacobs. At 81 years old he was the oldest person executed for witchcraft in 1692. Through a series of remarkable events he was eventually laid to rest here at the Rebecca Nurse Homestead in 1992. To this day he remains the only person executed during the Salem Witch Trials whose remains were ever located.
Tours will run on the usual schedule on the hour from 10-2.
On July 14 we will be commemorating the 320th anniversary of the death of beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, Rebecca Nurse. Wrongfully accused and executed for practicing witchcraft on July 19, 1692.
All day long our tours of the property will focus more than ever on her life as well as the events leading up to her tragic death. Tours will be given on the hour from 10am until 2pm.
At 3PM we will have a small ceremony commemorating Rebecca which will include words from the minister of the First Church of Danvers. This ceremony will be free to the public.
Come join us Saturday June 16th on our opening weekend as we commemorate being a museum for over 100 years! Step back in time to the year 1912 when the Rebecca Nurse Memorial Association held their first “Gala Day” celebration on the property, and pay the original admission price of 25 cents to gain entrance. Wander the property from 10am-3pm and see people dressed in 1912 fashions, see our new exhibit on the 320th anniversary of the Witchcraft Hysteria, hear stories about how the house was restored into a museum in 1908, learn to play colonial games, and more! Edwardian style refreshments will also be available for purchase throughout the day.
The Rebecca Nurse Homestead will be open to the public Thursday-Sunday from 10:00am to 3:00pm starting on June 14, 2012.