Virginia Beach History Museums to Host Lecture on the ‘Witch of Pungo’

Visiting History Professor to Join on Oct. 13 at Lynnhaven House

Tuesday, October 04, 2022

​Virginia Beach History Museums (VBHM) is hosting a "Conversation with a Curator" about the legend of Grace Sherwood, also known as the "Witch of Pungo," on Thursday, Oct. 13, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Lynnhaven Colonial Education Center, 4409 Wishart Road. 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.

People have shared stories about Sherwood ever since she was ducked in Lynnhaven Bay during her trial for witchcraft in 1706. Using colonial records, the lecture will dive into the history behind the stories, the life of Sherwood and her accusers, and why many thought she was a witch. 

This event is FREE and open to the public. Advanced registration is not required, but seating is limited. Please email vbhistory@vbgov.com or call 757-385-5100 if you have questions about this event.

For the latest information about Virginia Beach History Museums' events and tours, please visit museumsvb.org. For any questions about tours, call 757-385-5100 or email vbhistory@vbgov.com.

ABOUT THE CITY OF VIRGINIA BEACH CULTURAL AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT:

The Cultural Affairs Department engages residents and visitors through meaningful arts, heritage, and cultural experiences to connect and strengthen communities. The Department assists and directs the Virginia Beach Arts & Humanities Commission, coordinates the City's Public Art Program, oversees Virginia Beach History Museums, provides contract management for the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, serves as the liaison with Virginia MOCA and the ViBe Creative District, and serves as a resource to local arts and humanities organizations. 

ABOUT THE CITY OF VIRGINIA BEACH HISTORY MUSEUMS:

The City of Virginia Beach history museums include the Thoroughgood House, Francis Land House, Lynnhaven House, and Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum. They are part of the City's Cultural Affairs Department. As part of the municipal government of the City of Virginia Beach, the Cultural Affairs Department engages residents and visitors through meaningful arts, heritage, and cultural experiences to connect and strengthen communities. Visit www.museumsvb.org for more information, and follow @VBHistoryMuseums on Facebook and Instagram, and @VBHistMuseums on Twitter, to stay up to date on all the events and news from Virginia Beach History Museums.

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