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.
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.
There are no cauldrons to be found here, as the house has been updated with modern amenities.
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.
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."
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.
Many speculate the house comes with something supernatural.
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."