The Trial of 1706

The Trial of 1706 (HM2HK7)

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N 36° 51.963', W 76° 7.91'

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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"
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Date Added Thursday, June 6th, 2019 at 8:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 399115 N 4080610
Decimal Degrees36.86605000, -76.13183333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 51.963', W 76° 7.91'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 51' 57.78" N, 76° 7' 54.6" W
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