In 1692, Sarah Cloyes fled from Salem to Framingham, changing her name to ‘Clayes’ in the process. She fled Salem because she was accused of being a witch, along with Rebecca Nurse and Mary Easty.
She settled on Thomas Danforth’s land and built a home on what is now Salem End rd.
The house is in terrible disrepair and a group of local citizens – lead by Janice Thompson – have made seeing the property survive and thrive their passion project. We’re proud to be a part of that group.
A few Saturdays ago we joined 30 other volunteers to help clear the overgrowth that threatened to wreak havoc on the structure if left for another winter. It was a fantastic day of chain saws, rakes, clippers and community. And our goal of cutting away the brush was met! We brought our cameras to document the work and created a little clip showing the hard work that went into the day. Please excuse my on-camera introduction. It’s been quite a while since I was on camera!
Check out some of our photos from before the clean-up day for some perspective! And visit SarahClayesHouse.org for more information about the project and to find out how you can help.
Oh, and did you hear - Jenji Kohan, the creator of Weeds and Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black, plans to team up with HBO to develop a “provocative period drama” about the Salem witch trials?