Witchcraft in Early Virginia

Black and white sketch of witch and crow
3:30pm - 4:30pm

Witchcraft in Early Virginia

Halloween woodcutLocation: Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center classroom

Join historian Carson Hudson as he explores the often-misunderstood subject of witchcraft persecution in early Virginia. The witchcraft mania that swept through Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692 has tended to overshadow the historical record of witchcraft persecution in other colonies. Colonial Virginians shared common beliefs of the existence of witches with the other English Colonies and throughout the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries there were several witchcraft inquiries. Hudson will discuss the beliefs and legal proceedings regarding witchcraft in early colonial Virginia, separating historical fact from historical fiction.

Free with paid admission to Historic Jamestowne

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