Haunted Knapp House

How is this House Connected to the Clue Board Game

Haunted Knapp House from Salem Ma. Joseph Knapp Sr. lived here while his two sons were standing trial and later hanged for a murder they did not commit. This was the murder case that inspired Parker Brother’s version of Clue. The house is haunted. A previous owner actually moved the house back one lot hoping the ghost would stay on the property and not in the house, but the proposal failed and the house is still haunted.

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The Real Beginning to the Revolutionary War

Leslie’s Retreat

Painting of Leslie's Retreat at the Old North Street Bridge

America’s first armed conflict in the Revolutionary War. First blood was spilled in the war when a man bared his chest to a Regular and was scraped by a bayonet. Before Lexington and Concord, General Leslie was ordered to secure the cannons which would later end up in Lexington. Salem rallied and raised the Old North Street Bridge and prevented them from crossing. A large group climbed the bridge and taunted the British, even more were coming but they thought it was more important to guard the distillery instead on the way to Salem from Danvers. The stand off came to an end when Salem allowed Leslie to follow out his orders, to cross the bridge. So he did and went back to Boston the way he came.

To find out more read Sub Rosa by Chris Dowgin and find out how Salem shaped American history and your lives!

Vintage Salem Morning!

Salem Common

Salem Common. The largest house in the center is the home of Senator Nathaniel Silsbee, now the home of the Knights of Columbus. This home was purchased from bribes by Joshua Bates, an agent for Barring Brothers Bank, to lobby for the creation of The Second Bank of the United States. The First Bank of the United States just lost its charter in 1811 when the house was built. Bates went to several men in Salem and bribed them to help create the new bank. Both bank’s charters were let to lapse because it was found that over 70% of our treasury ended up in the hands of the British.  Silsbee became a director of the Second Bank of the United States in Boston.

After the war of 1812 and the failed Hartford Convention, President James Monroe visited this home to help heal the wounds of the Hartford Convention by appointing the Federalists Silsbee, Joseph Story, Daniel Webster, and Stephen White to directorships in The Second Bank of the United States he would create. He also toured Salem’s underground through this house with Charles Bulfinch who he would hire to build the tunnels in Washington D.C.

For more info read Sub Rosa by Chris Dowgin available at Jolie Tea, Remember Salem, Wicked Good Books, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.com.

Vintage Salem Morning!

Archer Building that sat previous on this location the Hawthorne Hoptel is on now.

Location of the Hawthorne Hotel. This is the Franklin Building which was originally called the Archer Block and later Wakefield Place. The Parker Brothers had their first toy store in this building. The drug dealer Thomas Perkins gave the property to the Salem Marine Society in his will. After suffering 6 fires the Salem Marine Society sold it to Frank Poor to build his hotel for his Sylvania business clients. They had one condition, they get to keep their clubhouse on the roof.

Vintage Salem Morning!

Thomas Perkins House at 7 Ash Street.

Thomas Perkins became an opium dealer after he escaped with his life from the Haitian Slave Revolt and gave up slave trading for opium dealing. He was responsible for almost 80% of China’s youth being addicted. This is the house one stubborn Salem lady ended urban renewal in Salem when she refused to move.

For more information read Sub Rosa by Chris Dowgin available at Jolie Tea, Remember Salem, Wicked Good Books, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.com.

Vintage Salem Morning!

Wynott Mills and Salem Lead Works the property lead was obtained from to make the first Dixon #2 pencil.

Wynott’s Mill where magic graphite powder was obtained for Dixon’s #2 Pencils.

Joseph Dixon inventor of the Single Lens Reflex had his factory on North Street in Salem and had the banker George Peabody sell his #2 Pencils at one time. For more great stories about Salem read Sub Rosa by Chris Dowgin.

Book Early for October in Salem!

Salem Smugglers’ Tour

Chris Dowgin near Salem ArmoryTake the tour based on the books Salem Secret Underground: The History of the Tunnels in the City and Sub Rosa by your tour guide Chris Dowgin. Learn how a series of tunnels made for gentlemen who had shaped our country led to fortunes that controlled our nation’s banking, shaped our Constitution, brought the first drunk elephant to America, assassinated three presidents, and much much more!!! Also learn about the real murder behind the game Clue!
More than Witches!!!
Salem Smugglers’ Tour
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