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.
Geographic Location: Virginia Beach
Physical Description of Location: Northeast corner of intersection between Independence Boulevard (Virginia 225) and N Witchduck Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23455. Marker is in front of Sentara Bayside Hospital.
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