House tied to 1692 Salem witch trials rises from near ruin

In this Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017 photo, a worker enters the 17th-century homestead where Sarah Clayes lived in Framingham, Mass., after leaving Salem following the 1692 witch trials. After years-long efforts to figure out who owned the home, which had fallen into disrepair after decades of neglect, and to raise enough money to fix it, renovations are expected to be completed by the spring of 2018. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (AP) — The ramshackle Massachusetts homestead where a woman accused of witchcraft during the 1692 Salem witch trials resettled after escaping the hangman’s noose is being refurbished.

A $1.5 million renovation project at the Peter and Sarah Clayes House in Framingham is expected to be completed in the spring.

Sarah Clayes and two of her sisters were accused of being witches. While her sisters were hanged, charges against Clayes were dismissed in 1693.

Soon after she was freed, she and about 50 members of her extended family relocated to what is now Framingham.

The house on the land on which they settled was essentially abandoned after a foreclosure in 2000 and fell into disrepair.

Local preservationists formed a trust several years ago to save the house.