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Witchcraft in Colonial Virginia: 1626 – 1730

August 18, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Witchcraft in Colonial Virginia: 1626 – 1730

Saturday, August 18th, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Tickets are $15 per person. Spots are limited. Light refreshments will be provided.

The witchcraft mania that swept through Salem, Massachusetts in 1692, while significant, has tended to overshadow the historical records of the persecutions of alleged witches in other colonies. Colonial Virginians shared a common belief in the supernatural and the existence of witches with their northern neighbors, and throughout the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, they conducted several witchcraft inquiries. Join with historian Carson Hudson as he explores the often-misunderstood subject of witchcraft persecution in early Virginia. He offers insights into the beliefs, occurrences, and legal proceedings regarding witchcraft in early Colonial Virginia, separating historical fact from historical fiction. Beware! It’s not exactly as Monty Python depicts it!

Signed copies of Carson Hudson’s book, These Detestable Slaves of the Devill: A Concise Guide to Witchcraft in Colonial Virginia, are available in our Gift Shop for $11.95. Please call Historic St. Luke’s (757-357-3367) or follow the link to purchase your copy ahead of time online or by phone. Stock is limited.


St. Luke’s Historical Church & Musuem
14477 Benn's Church Blvd.
Smithfield, VA 23430 United States
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