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The Crucible in Andover? Samuel Wardwell & Martha Sprague

  • North Andover Historical Society 153 Academy Road North Andover, MA 01845 USA (map)

The characters of John Proctor and Abigail Williams in Arthur Miller's play, The Crucible were nothing like their real-life namesakes. In 1692, John Proctor was sixty-five and Abigail Williams was only eleven or twelve and their is certainly no evidence that the two of them had an affair.

In Andover, however, two major players in the drama of 1692 were much closer to the ages of Arthur Miller's fictional characters - Samuel Wardwell (age 49) and Martha Sprague (age about 16). While there is no direct evidence of a romantic relationship between the two of them, there are other aspects of their lives that make them seem much more similar to the fictional protagonists in Miller's play than those whose name was used.

Richard Hite, author of the recently published book In the Shadow of Salem: The Andover Witch Hunt of 1692 will discuss these parallels in a presentation at the North Andover Historical Society.

Seating is limited and advanced reservations are required.

  • NAHS Members: FREE

  • Non-members: $5 (Pay Cash at door, with a confirmed reservation)


The companion GRAVEYARD TOUR scheduled for Saturday, October 13th is SOLD OUT.

ORGANIZED BY THE NORTH ANDOVER HISTORICAL SOCIETY


Earlier Event: October 6
17th Century Saturdays