Conversation with a Curator: Grace Sherwood: The History Behind the Legend (FREE)

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Thursday, Aug. 3, 2023
6:00PM - 7:30PM (1h 30m)


Lynnhaven House
4409 Wishart Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23455

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People have shared stories about Grace Sherwood, the "Witch of Pungo," ever since she was ducked in Lynnhaven Bay during her trial for witchcraft in 1706. Using colonial records, the Virginia Beach History Museums (VBHM) will dive into the history behind the stories, the life of Grace Sherwood and her accusers, and why many thought she was a witch.

VBHM will be joined by Scott Moore, a Virginia Beach native and associate professor of history at Eastern Connecticut State University, who is currently writing a book about her history and legend.

The book, titled The Witch of Pungo: Grace Sherwood in Virginia History, Legend, and Culture, will be published by the University of Virginia Press in 2024.

Event is FREE and open to the public. No advanced RSVP required. Seating is limited, and will be provided on a first come, first served basis. If you have any questions, please reach out to us at or 757-385-5100.

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