Virginia Beach, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Trial of 1706
At Witchduck Point, 10am July 10th 1706 Grace Sherwood, the daughter of a carpenter and the wife of a planter in the County of Princess Anne, was accused by neighbors of witchcraft. Grace was tried in the Second Princess Anne Courthouse, found guilty, and consented to the traditional trail by water, Grace was tied crossbound and dropped into water above man’s depth. If she were to sink and drown she was innocent and could be buried on holy ground, Grace did float, thus guilty as the pure water was casting out her evil spirit. She was incarcerated in the local jail just beyond this statue. After her release, Grace paid the back taxes on her property in 1714, returned to her farm and worked the land until her death at age 80 in the Autumn of 1740. Grace Sherwood, Virginia’s only convicted witch tried by water, she lays claim to Witchduck Road. Her legend lives on as "The Infamous Witch of Pungo”
Location. 36° 51.963′ N, 76° 7.91′ W. Marker is in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of North Witchduck Road and Independence Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4520 N Witchduck Rd, Virginia Beach VA 23455, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Testing of Grace Sherwood (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Donation Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Founders and Veterans of Lynnhaven Parish Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Grace White Sherwood (approx. 0.2 miles away); “The Brick Church” (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lynnhaven House (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Pembroke Manor House (approx. one mile away); Camp Ashby (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Virginia Beach.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 6, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 5, 2019, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 121 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 5, 2019, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.