Presented by the Salisbury Association Historical Society in collaboration with the Scoville Memorial Library. While many people cast aspersions at the history of the supernatural, it is undisputed fact that our Litchfield County ancestors believed they had neighbors who were witches. In most cases, the women who were accused of witchcraft fell outside what society expected from their gender. In this talk, teacher and historian Peter Vermilyea will discuss the lives four 18th century residents of the county who were accused of witchcraft, their alleged activities, and the possible motivations behind the accusations.
Peter Vermilyea teaches history at Housatonic Valley Regional High School and Western Connecticut State University. He is the author of editor of five books, most recently Hidden History of Litchfield County and Wicked Litchfield County, both published by the History Press.