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Duanesburg in Schenectady County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Esperance Witch

Legends & Lore

 
 
Esperance Witch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, October 28, 2017
1. Esperance Witch Marker
The Marker is waiting to be unveiled.
Inscription.
Lived Near Here In 1800s.
French Settler Accused Of
Witchcraft By New England
Settlers. Killed By Silver
Bullet Shot Through Her Window

 
Erected 2017 by New York Folklore Society & William C. Pomeroy Foundation & The Esperance Historical Society. (Marker Number 26.)
 
Location. 42° 45.642′ N, 74° 15.269′ W. Marker is in Duanesburg, New York, in Schenectady County. Marker is at the intersection of Western Turnpike (U.S. 20) and Old Highway 30 (County Route 157), on the right when traveling west on Western Turnpike. Touch for map. Heading west, the marker is roadside just before the bridge that crosses the Schoharie Creek. Marker is in this post office area: Esperance NY 12066, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Presbyterian Church Esperance, NY (approx. 0.3 miles away); Tory Tree Site (approx. 2.7 miles away); Grist Mill (approx. 3 miles away); Amos Clayton (approx. 3.1 miles away); Mill Stones
Esperance Witch Marker Dedication image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, October 28, 2017
2. Esperance Witch Marker Dedication
The Esperance Witch Legends & Lore marker was unveiled and dedicated on Saturday, October 28, 2017.
(approx. 3.1 miles away); Burtonville (approx. 3.1 miles away); Eatons Corners Post Office & Store (approx. 3.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Duanesburg.
 
Also see . . .  New Folktales from the Schoharie Valley. The Esperance Witch: As told by Ken Jones (Submitted on October 30, 2017, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.) 
 
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Esperance Witch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, October 28, 2017
3. Esperance Witch Marker
The Mayor of the Village of Esperance, Charles Johnston, gets the honor of unveiling the Esperance Witch marker.
Esperance Witch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, October 28, 2017
4. Esperance Witch Marker
After the marker unveiling ceremony guests get an opportunity for photos and a closer look.
Esperance Witch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, October 28, 2017
5. Esperance Witch Marker
A group photo of everyone who attended the dedication ceremony, just prior to the reception at the Esperance Historical Museum.
Esperance Witch Display at the Esperance Historical Museum image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, October 28, 2017
6. Esperance Witch Display at the Esperance Historical Museum
A short distance away from the Esperance Witch marker, across the Schoharie Creek and within the Village of Esperance, is the Esperance Historical Museum. The museum, located in an 1878 schoolhouse on Church Street has a display about the Esperance Witch, which is seen here.
Esperance Witch Display at the Esperance Historical Museum image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, October 28, 2017
7. Esperance Witch Display at the Esperance Historical Museum
In Memory Of
the
Esperance
Witch
a poor soul
shot and killed by a
silver bullet
in the belief
that she was a
witch
Name Unknown But To God
May She
Rest in Peace
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 30, 2017, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. This page has been viewed 72 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on November 1, 2017, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.   2. submitted on October 30, 2017, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.   3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on November 1, 2017, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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