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Witch Hill in Danvers is an important part of the Salem Witch Trials. It’s where “spectral evidence” was observed in 1692, and used as evidence against people accused of witchcraft in Salem.
The correct name for the site is Whipple Hill, and it’s a hauntingly wild and lovely location for hiking. Marked trails lead you to the crest of the hill and a beautiful view.
Note: This article may not be current. There have been reports that Whipple Hill is going to be developed as a commercial property. I hope they’re just idle rumors.
Park your car at Endicott Park. It’s across a busy street from Witch (Whipple) Hill, and the small parking fee is worthwhile for convenience.
Cross the street and you’ll see the entrance to the trails that cross Witch Hill. The photo, above, was taken near that entrance.
The main trail includes rocks and uneven ground beneath a covering of leaves. You’ll want good hiking shoes and perhaps a walking stick, as well. However, active families (even those with small children) will enjoy this site for a weekend outing. (As usual, watch for poison ivy.)
This is one of two “witch hills” in the Salem area. Gallows Hill in Salem is sometimes called Witch Hill, too.
However, the location of the Danvers site is noted on several historical maps, and I think it’s an overlooked site.
My recent investigations suggest intense activity at Witch Hill, even during the day. If you have any stories related to that hill, or if you’ve investigated it, please leave a comment or contact me.