The Testing of Grace Sherwood

The Testing of Grace Sherwood (HMDES)

Location: Virginia Beach, VA 23455
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 51.974', W 76° 7.938'

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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.
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Marker NumberK276
Year Placed2002
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Date Added Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 9:30pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 399074 N 4080631
Decimal Degrees36.86623333, -76.13230000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 51.974', W 76° 7.938'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 51' 58.44" N, 76° 7' 56.28" W
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Area Code(s)757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 800-842 VA-225, Virginia Beach VA 23455, US
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