A Bewitching Legacy
Did you know the first people to be found guilty in colonial witch trials were executed in Hartford? In 1642, witchcraft was declared punishable by death in Connecticut. Five years later, Alse Young of Windsor was hanged at the Meeting House Square in Hartford, now the site of Connecticut’s Old State House. In nearby Wethersfield, Mary Johnson was executed after allegedly confessing to entering into a compact with the devil, and Joan and John Carrington were executed in 1651. You can find out more about this dark part of our history first-hand at the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum in Wethersfield.
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