Virginia Beach, Virginia: Virginia's Only Witch Ducking

Grace Sherwood was 46 when she underwent trial by water, "witch ducking," in 1706, and was found guilty. A modern monument tells her story.

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4136 Cheswick Lane, Virginia Beach, VA
I-264 exit 17B. Drive north on VA-225/Independence Blvd for two miles. Turn right at the stoplight onto Pembroke Blvd. Drive a half-mile. Turn right onto Bishop Drive. Drive a third of a mile. Turn left onto Liverpool St., then left again at the Yield sign onto Chiswick Lane. Drive a half-mile. You'll see the gravel parking lot on the left. The Sherwood monument is next to the brick walkway.
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Grace Sherwood plaque.

Ferry Plantation: VA's Only Witch Ducking

Former plantation and mansion of the Walke family. Said to have ghosts roam the property of family members and three slaves who were hung on the 300-year-old sycamore tree out back. The house has ties to Grace Sherwood, the witch of Pungo, when it was the county courthouse in which she was tried. Cody, our tour guide, was very informative and also part of the ACID paranormal group. The plantation also hosts Frightful Fridays to check out any nighttime paranormal happenings.

[Catherine, 08/16/2018]

Grace was 46 when she underwent trial by water, "witch ducking," in 1706, and was found guilty.

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