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North Virginia Beach in Virginia Beach, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Grace Sherwood

(1660 - 1730)

 

— Virginia Beach, 2007 —

 
Grace Sherwood Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., July 20, 2010
1. Grace Sherwood Marker
Inscription.  Sherwood lived in Princess Anne County from the latter 1600’s until the 1730’s, an era when many American colonists believed in witchcraft as a way to explain unusual events. Sherwood submitted to a trial by water, a "witch ducking," in 1706, because of charges that her behavior disrupted the lives of her neighbors. Although found guilty of witchcraft, her life was spared, and she was pardoned formally by the governor of Virginia 300 years later in 2006. She was Virginia’s only convicted witch tried by water. Witchduck Road and Witchduck Point contribute to preserving her story.
 
Erected 2007 by the Fifth Grade Classes of the Virginia Beach City Public Schools in recognition of the 400th Anniversary of Virginia Beach.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Law EnforcementWomen. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Legends Walk series list.
 
Location. 36° 50.499′ N, 75° 58.413′ W. Marker is in North Virginia Beach in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Marker is on
Virginia Legends Walk image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., July 20, 2010
2. Virginia Legends Walk
The marker can be seen on the inside of the entrance gateway to the Virginia Legends Walk. An identical marker is on the other entrance as well.
Atlantic Avenue just south of 14th Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1304 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach VA 23451, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. George Washington (a few steps from this marker); Douglas MacArthur (a few steps from this marker); Booker T. Washington (a few steps from this marker); George S. Patton (a few steps from this marker); Cyrus Hall McCormick (a few steps from this marker); James Madison (a few steps from this marker); John Marshall (a few steps from this marker); Patsy Cline (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in North Virginia Beach.
 
Additional keywords. torture, witch trials
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 30, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 30, 2021, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 28, 2010, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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