Judge Samuel Holten House

photo of Samuel Holten House
171 Holten Street
Danvers, MA 01923

The Judge Samuel Holten House is a fine example of chronological and architectural house development representative of the period from 1670 to 1832. Benjamin Holten built the house in a typical "one-room house plan" in approximately 1670. Since that time, and several generations of Holtens later, the original structure has incorporated six additions. In 1921, the General Israel Putnam Chapter of the Daughter of the American Revolution purchased the property and have extensively restored it. During the Revolutionary period, Samuel Holten, a physician, statesman and judge, lived here. Holten served in the Continental Congress from 1778 to 1780 and again from 1782 to 1787, and in 1778 was a signer of the Articles of Confederation. This was also the 1692 home of Sarah Holten, who gave damaging testimony against Rebecca Nurse during the witchcraft hysteria, which took place in Salem Village in 1692.


Open by appointment only.

Driving Directions: 

Route 1 or I-95 to Centre Street, Danvers exit. Turn left on Centre Street, turn left onto Holten Street.


  • Historic Resources
  • Early Settlement Trail
  • Partnership Grants

Property Owner/Organization: 

General Israel Putnam Chapter of the Daughters of American Revolution
Essex Coastal Scenic Byway
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