Colonial Field Day on Saturday

DANVERS – Take a trip back in time to the late 1600’s with a visit to the Rebecca Nurse Homestead, 149 Pine St., Danvers.On Saturday, June 28 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the past will come alive at the Colonial Field Day and original Strawberry Festival in Danvers. There is a suggested donation of $2 per adult to attend the event.One of the highlights of this Danvers tradition is an 18th Century military encampment reenactment. The event also includes Revolutionary War militia drills, spinning demonstrations, colonial games, stories, a crafts marketplace, Mountain Man John Enos with his primitive weapons, and the best strawberry shortcake around.The Rebecca Nurse Homestead is comprised of 27 acres of fields, pasture, and woods with an old saltbox style home on a small knoll near the center of the property. In the 1600’s Danvers was known as Salem Village. In 1691/1692 during the witchcraft hysteria several girls named 71-year-old matriarch, Rebecca Nurse, as one of their tormentors on March 19, 1692. On March 23, 1692 Nurse was arrested and in June of that year she was put on trial for witchcraft. Her neighbors rallied round her and she was found not guilty by the court, which almost immediately reversed the verdict after her accusers went into fits in the courtroom.Nurse was hanged on July 19, 1692 and her children buried her in an unmarked grave on the homestead.In 1885 the Nurse family erected a memorial to Nurse in the family graveyard, which stands to this day.In 1775 Nurse’s great-grandson, Francis Nurse, lived in the homestead and he was a sergeant in Captain John Putman’s Alarm Company. On April 19, 1775, Nurse received the alarm that British troops were marching to Concord. From this house he shouldered his musket and marched to the battle.Today the house has three restored rooms complete with period furnishings of the 17th and 18th century. The homestead also houses a reproduction of the 1672 Salem Village Meeting House where visitors can view a multimedia presentation about the 1692 witchcraft hysteria.

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