“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Virginia Beach, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

The Testing of Grace Sherwood

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By Laura Troy, September 16, 2007
1. The Testing of Grace Sherwood Marker
Inscription. The witchcraft case of Grace Sherwood is one of the best known in Virginia. She was accused of bewitching a neighbor’s crop in 1698. Allegations grew over time until the Princess Anne County government and her accusers decided she would be tested by ducking, since water was considered pure and would not permit a witch to sink into its depths. Sherwood’s accusers on 10 July 1706 tied her hands to her feet and dropped her into the Western Branch of the Lynnhaven River near what is now know as Witch Duck Point. Sherwood floated, a sign of guilt. She was imprisoned, but was eventually released. Sherwood lived the rest of her life quietly and died by 1740.
Erected 2002. (Marker Number K-276.)
Location. 36° 51.974′ N, 76° 7.938′ W. Marker is in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Marker is on Independence Boulevard (Virginia Route 225) north of North Witchduck Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Virginia Beach VA 23455, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Donation Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Lynnhaven House (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Pembroke Manor House (approx. one mile away); History of Thalia/Aunt Penny's Park (approx. 1.9 miles away); Adam Thoroughgood House (approx. 2.2 miles away); Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School (approx. 2.2 miles away); Church Point (approx. 2.2 miles away); Seal of the City of Virginia Beach (approx. 2½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Virginia Beach.
Also see . . .
1. When Virginia Ducked Milady Witch. 1934 story by Beverly Campbell published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. (Submitted on September 19, 2007.) 

2. To Catch a Witch: The True Story of Grace Sherwood. “It all started with the untimely deaths of some pigs and a failed cotton crop. In Pungo, a settlement a couple of miles from the Atlantic Ocean in what is now Virginia Beach, John and Jane Gisburne were convinced there had to be a reason for the bad luck.” (Submitted on July 11, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.) 
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 18, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 16, 2007, by Laura Troy of Burke, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,182 times since then and 56 times this year. Last updated on June 29, 2009, by Kristin Rollins of Portsmouth, Virginia. Photo   1. submitted on September 16, 2007, by Laura Troy of Burke, Virginia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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