For sale: Restored home of Salem witch trials refugee

For sale: Restored home of Salem witch trials refugee
n this Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 photo, a discarded beam rests in the driveway of the home where Sarah Clayes lived, in Framingham, Mass., after leaving Salem, Mass., following the 1692 witch trials. Clayes was jailed during the witch trials but was freed in 1693 when the hysteria died down. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) (Steven Senne)

BOSTON (AP) — A once-run-down historic home that stands where a woman accused of witchcraft during the 1692 Salem witch trials settled after she was spared the noose is on the market after an extensive renovation project.

The home in Framingham, Massachusetts, known as the Peter and Sarah Clayes House, hit the market Thursday with an asking price of $975,000. An open house is planned Sunday.

Annie Murphy, executive director of the Framingham History Center and a member of the trust formed to save the structure that had fallen into disrepair, is confident someone who appreciates history will snap up the property.

"We've already done tours, and I had people coming up to me practically in tears, they were so thrilled we had saved this house," she said.

Sarah Clayes was jailed during the 1692 witch trials, which claimed the lives of 20 people, including her sisters, Rebecca Nurse and Mary Easty. She was freed in 1693 when the hysteria died down.

In this Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 photo, carpenter Jeremy Parker works on a porch at the conclusion of a restoration of the home where Sarah Clayes lived in Framingham, Mass., after leaving Salem, Mass., following the 1692 witch trials. Clayes, who was jailed during the witch trials, was freed in 1693 when the hysteria died down. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
In this Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 photo, carpenter Jeremy Parker works on a porch at the conclusion of a restoration of the home where Sarah Clayes lived in Framingham, Mass., after leaving Salem, Mass., following the 1692 witch trials. Clayes, who was jailed during the witch trials, was freed in 1693 when the hysteria died down. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) (AP)

Sarah and her husband, Peter, along with other members of their extended family, resettled on land about 35 miles (55 kilometers) southwest of Salem that in 1700 became the town of Framingham.

In this Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 photo, builder Ned Murphy descends a staircase at the home where Sarah Clayes lived, in Framingham, Mass., after leaving Salem, Mass., following the 1692 witch trials. The once-run-down home that stands where Clayes, a woman accused of witchcraft during the 1692 Salem witch trials settled, is on the market after an extensive renovation project. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
In this Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 photo, builder Ned Murphy descends a staircase at the home where Sarah Clayes lived, in Framingham, Mass., after leaving Salem, Mass., following the 1692 witch trials. The once-run-down home that stands where Clayes, a woman accused of witchcraft during the 1692 Salem witch trials settled, is on the market after an extensive renovation project. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) (AP)

Historians acknowledge that little, if any, of the original home built at the site in 1693 remains. The structure still standing dates to 1776.

In this Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 photo a boot scraper stands at a doorstep to the home where Sarah Clayes lived, in Framingham, Mass., after leaving Salem, Mass., following the 1692 witch trials. The home in Framingham, known as the Peter and Sarah Clayes House, hit the market Thursday with an asking price of about $975,000. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
In this Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 photo a boot scraper stands at a doorstep to the home where Sarah Clayes lived, in Framingham, Mass., after leaving Salem, Mass., following the 1692 witch trials. The home in Framingham, known as the Peter and Sarah Clayes House, hit the market Thursday with an asking price of about $975,000. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) (AP)

After a foreclosure around 2000, the privately owned home was abandoned and became derelict . It was vandalized and defaced with graffiti.

In this Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 photo, carpenter Jeremy Parker works on a porch at the conclusion of a restoration of the home where Sarah Clayes lived, in Framingham, Mass., after leaving Salem, Mass., following the 1692 witch trials. Clayes was jailed during the witch trials but was freed in 1693 when the hysteria died down. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
In this Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 photo, carpenter Jeremy Parker works on a porch at the conclusion of a restoration of the home where Sarah Clayes lived, in Framingham, Mass., after leaving Salem, Mass., following the 1692 witch trials. Clayes was jailed during the witch trials but was freed in 1693 when the hysteria died down. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) (AP)

The trust was created to make renovations that turned out to be way more complicated than anticipated, said Murphy, who herself spent hours scraping paint and pulling weeds to help her contractor husband, Ned, complete the work.

In this Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 photo a wall stands near the home where Sarah Clayes lived, in Framingham, Mass., after leaving Salem, Mass., following the 1692 witch trials. Clayes was jailed during the witch trials but was freed in 1693 when the hysteria died down. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
In this Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 photo a wall stands near the home where Sarah Clayes lived, in Framingham, Mass., after leaving Salem, Mass., following the 1692 witch trials. Clayes was jailed during the witch trials but was freed in 1693 when the hysteria died down. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) (AP)

The 4,253-square-foot, five-bedroom home on a little more than an acre of land has been updated with modern conveniences yet retains some old features, including much of the woodwork and floors, plaster stenciling in one room that dates to the 1820s, and restored claw-foot bathtubs.

In this Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 photo a set of steps rests against a twisting portion of a chimney at the home in Framingham, Mass., where Sarah Clayes lived after leaving Salem, Mass., following the 1692 witch trials. The once-run-down home that stands where Clayes, a woman accused of witchcraft during the 1692 Salem witch trials settled, is on the market after an extensive renovation project. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
In this Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 photo a set of steps rests against a twisting portion of a chimney at the home in Framingham, Mass., where Sarah Clayes lived after leaving Salem, Mass., following the 1692 witch trials. The once-run-down home that stands where Clayes, a woman accused of witchcraft during the 1692 Salem witch trials settled, is on the market after an extensive renovation project. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) (AP)

The property includes a 150-year-old American elm, a brook and the ruins of an old mill.

In this Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 photo builder Ned Murphy stands near a window outside a room that features historic paint-on-plaster murals at the home where Sarah Clayes lived, in Framingham, Mass., after leaving Salem, Mass., following the 1692 witch trials. The once-run-down home that stands where Clayes, a woman accused of witchcraft during the 1692 Salem witch trials settled, is on the market after an extensive renovation project. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
In this Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 photo builder Ned Murphy stands near a window outside a room that features historic paint-on-plaster murals at the home where Sarah Clayes lived, in Framingham, Mass., after leaving Salem, Mass., following the 1692 witch trials. The once-run-down home that stands where Clayes, a woman accused of witchcraft during the 1692 Salem witch trials settled, is on the market after an extensive renovation project. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) (AP)

"It's been a labor of love," Murphy said.