A Traitor Faces Fate
The townspeople’s fury grew at this traitor until it finally came to a head in March 1774. America’s independence was on the brink, and there was no time left to respect those that did not support the cause.
One cold early morning, the whole town gathered outside the house. They threw mud, rocks, and sticks through Ropes Mansion until Ropes would repent his loyalism.
While an angry mob was brewing outside his door, Ropes was sick with smallpox. He lay in bed with this disfiguring disease while the town beat down his door.
Even in his final moments, Ropes never joined the Revolution. He died the day after the riot. Many said his sickness was a curse for backing the wrong horse.
His tale became a warning for other loyalists in America: the Revolution is bigger than any one man, and those who cross it will meet an unpleasant fate.
A Disney Ending
Strange to think of such a cheerful movie like ‘Hocus Pocus’ taking place on the same grounds as this horrific story, isn’t it?
Most visitors who stop by just snap a picture and say ‘neat!’ But for those who know the whole truth, it’s hard to get swept away by the Halloween cheer.
Haunted Salem, MA
Salem’s reputation for the most haunted city in America holds up in the 21st Century. A spook, a thrill, and a fright are coiled up around every corner, ready to pounce.
Will you have the courage to take the US Ghost Adventures Tour of haunted Salem? Hop on board and find out.
About US Ghost Adventures
Since 2013, US Ghost Adventures has offered entertaining, historic, and authentic ghost tours of America’s most haunted cities. We deliver fun yet honest accounts of hauntings across the nation for curious people of all ages. Our ghost stories are based on historical research, but that doesn’t mean they won’t send a chill down your spine.
This video gives you a small taste of what you might experience on your ghost tour — subscribe to our YouTube Channel for more.
US Ghost Adventures also offers virtual tours, a self-guided mobile app, and an Alexa voice app.