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Hampton History Museum

Posted on: January 24, 2020

Witchcraft in Colonial Virginia - Monday, March 2, 7 pm

Square The Witch No. 1

Join Carson Hudson for an exploration of witchcraft in Colonial Virginia, and hear of women wrongly accused of consorting with the supernatural.

While the witchcraft mania that swept through Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692 was significant, fascination with it has tended to overshadow the historical records of other persecutions throughout early America. Colonial Virginians shared a common belief in the supernatural with their northern neighbors. The 1626 case of Joan Wright, the first woman to be accused of witchcraft in British North America, began Virginia’s own witch craze. Utilizing surviving records, local historian Carson Hudson narrates these fascinating stories.

Carson Hudson has been passionate about history since he was a young boy growing up in Virginia, surrounded by Civil War battlefields. He is a practicing military and social historian, author, Emmy Award–winning screenwriter and circus fire-eater. He lectures regularly at museums and colleges on a wide variety of subjects, but his particular interests are the Civil War and colonial witchcraft. He performs regularly as part of the old-time music duo Hudson & Clark and with the Cigar Box String Band.

Museum members free, non-members $5.

The Hampton History Museum is located at 120 Old Hampton Lane in Downtown Hampton. For more information call 757-727-1102.

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