You may recognize John Proctor as the protagonist in Arthur Miller's partially fictionalized play The Crucible, based on the Salem Witch trials.
While the play took some liberties in recounting the trials that took place in Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1692, Proctor was a real person.
The landowner was born on March 30, 1632, and was hanged on August 19, 1692, in Salem Village after being falsely accused of witchcraft.
Now, the house he lived in is up for sale, and it has quickly become a hot listing.
Real estate agent Joseph Cipoletta of J Barrett & Company listed the six-bedroom, two-bathroom house at 348 Lowell St. for $600,000.
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According to the listing on Zillow, the house occupies 0.46 acres and was built in 1638.
This first period, registered historic home features period detail with the functionality of todays needs. Large eat in kitchen with plenty of workspace. The dining room can accommodate your largest holiday gathering.
The almost 4000 sqft house supposedly lived in by John Proctor (Salem Witch Trials... The Crucible etc), built in 1… https://t.co/BGMgLFS4Un— Sarah Elizabeth Cox (@Sarah Elizabeth Cox)1538994578.0
There are no cauldrons to be found here, as the house has been updated with modern amenities.
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@spookyjulie It's bloody gorgeous.— Georgina Cronin 💀🐙🔬 (@Georgina Cronin 💀🐙🔬)1538994894.0
@thejaydengraham @spookyjulie @myalynn419 I’m geeking we have to visit— Brooke Welsh (@Brooke Welsh)1539538523.0
As for the authenticity of the home's historical past, Kelly Daniell – the curator of the Peabody Historical Society – is uncertain of the time Proctor spent living in and running a tavern from inside the home.
But she did tell Boston-based Real Estate:
For it to come on the market, it was very uncommon. We were really excited.
@spookyjulie https://t.co/MZI4eduY6a— Jordan (@Jordan)1539533860.0
According to Danielle the house is located Peabody, a city in Essex County, Massachusetts. In 1752, it was incorporated as a district of Danvers and later broke off in 1855 to become the independent town of South Danvers.
The town was renamed on April 30, 1868, after George Peabody, who was regarded as the "father of modern philanthropy."
@themainepain @Jezebel Peabody and Danvers were both part of Salem. Then Danvers broke off, then South Danvers brok… https://t.co/nAINfx7WFA— 🐌 (@🐌)1539485001.0
The father of 17 wasn't the official homeowner, nor did he own the 700-acre farm as part of the property. But he started leasing it out during the 1600s and applied for a tavern license in 1666. He and his third wife Elizabeth ran the tavern together until the trials when he inevitably met his fate.
According to Danielle, Elizabeth was accused by association but her life was spared because she was pregnant. Generations of the Proctor family would continue living on the farm for about two centuries after John Proctor's death.
Danielle said the house, "hasn't had that many owners."
Historically, that's unusual. Property changes hands frequently, especially ones right on Lowell Street.
@senorcthulhu I've just read a thing saying it's possibly built a little later, by Proctor's son around 1700. But M… https://t.co/cEJVN8bfVv— Sarah Elizabeth Cox (@Sarah Elizabeth Cox)1538994804.0
@spookyjulie @senorcthulhu It was built in 1638. John Proctor built it & most of everything around us ! I personall… https://t.co/38K03qdKfd— kristin tobin (@kristin tobin)1539486111.0
Many speculate the house comes with something supernatural.
@spookyjulie Dope but I know that shit haunted— this is so sad Alexa play Africa by Toto (@this is so sad Alexa play Africa by Toto)1539485892.0
@Jezebel Dunno if it’s just me but this house looks hideously haunted 😐— Humayra (@Humayra)1539487937.0
@Jezebel This is fun. Hey, I mean, I would totally get it if I had the money + the patience of dealing with some de… https://t.co/seMeWICuPX— Emma Stroebel (@Emma Stroebel)1539488167.0
@Jezebel Bonus! He’s still home! 👀 https://t.co/TEI9B20XqS— Susan (@Susan)1539499085.0
Cipolletta said that inquiries about the listing have come from the Peabody Historical Commission, Salem Witch Museum, and even as far as England.
The late Vincent Raponi Sr., who passed away last week, bought the home with his wife Marion in the 1960s and took great care of the historical home.
Cipolletta can attest to the immaculate condition of the house. "It has been maintained practically as a museum by the current owner," he said, referring to the Raponi family, "who went far and beyond to maintain the home's authentic, first-period feel."
@Jezebel Open house Monday? https://t.co/VhGx7UHvRO— Mari 🔮🎃 (@Mari 🔮🎃)1539480940.0