We are just six days away from Halloween! Eek! Who’s ready?
Rightly so, our home tour for this month comes straight from American Halloween Headquarters in Salem, Massachusetts. Shrouded in the haunting history of its infamous witch trials, Salem has been a popular destination for thrill-seekers and history buffs alike, particularly during the month of October. And while we think this lovely gem of a home is anything but scary, we are captivated by its elegant demeanor simply because of its historic value and where it is located.
One of Salem’s finest homes in the McIntire District, the “Neal House” is a magnificent antique, circa 1680, with significant additions in 1767. The well preserved interior offers three floors of living space with three full baths. The first floor entry hall main stairway runs beside the central chimney whose bricks are exposed on the hall side. The dining room is distinguished by a wainscoting, an original built-in cupboard typical of the early 18th century and the massive fireplace. The living room centerpiece is the ornate fireplace mantel that dates slightly after the McIntire period. There is access to the porch and gardens from this room. The eat-in kitchen is fully updated with modern appliances including natural gas cooking and double ovens. The second floor master bedroom offers a fireplace with sloping recessed sides and side light scones, wide pine floors and an updated master bath.
We can just imagine the conversations heard between these very walls as the witch trials rolled through the spring of 1692. But perhaps our favorite part is the small garden in the backyard which looks like an ideal setting for growing every herbal ingredient needed for the perfect brew! Step right into colonial Massachusetts for yourself and take a look:
*Photos courtesy of Zillow.