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Witches are coming to New Milford CT

Panic in Connecticut; Accused Witches Have Their SayFinally, after two and a half long centuries, the women who were persecuted as witches in Connecticut will have their say, right here at the New Milford Public Library in New Milford, CT. That is a long wait, even for a witch!

We all have heard about the Witch Trials of Salem Massachusetts. But how about a full 50 years before those horrific events, did you know that witch trials were being conducted in Connecticut? Brutally, savagely, complete with the first witch execution in New England, a young woman named Alse Young from Windsor, CT.

Now 5 of those accused of witchcraft in Connecticut will finally have their say. Mary Staples, Lydia Gilbert, Judith Varlet, Mary Barnes and Mercy Disborough will be brought back to life to recount their horrifying stories of persection by Actress Virginia Wolf of Herstory Theater.

The performance is free, and brought to you by the New Milford Public Library and the New Milford Historical Society.

Panic in Connecticut; Accused Witches Have Their Say, Wednesday, October 17th at 6:30 PM in Memorial Hall at the New Milford Public Library. Admission is free. You can contact the New Milford Public Library for more information at 860.355.1191 ext. 203. New Milford Public Library, 24 Main Street, New Milford, CT, 06776.

About Panic in Connecticut; Accused Witches Have Their Say

"Panic in Connecticut" can be appreciated on several levels. It is a realistic glimpse into daily life during a little understood part of our history. It is a superb theatrical performance by Ms. Wolf. And it is a cautionary tale - still valid today - about the importance of tolerance and the danger of gossip.  --George Linkletter, Citizen News

We can all use a reminder of tolerance and the danger of gossip! Even if it is taught by 5 Connecticut Witches who are each over 250 years old!

Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County Real Estate

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Comment balloon 11 commentsAndrea Swiedler • October 15 2012 08:23PM


When this post started I thought you were going with a Halloween theme and telling us the 5 witches were coming back to have their say, but then i got that it is a show. 

Posted by Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage, Keller Williams Land Division Specialist (Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona) about 6 years ago

Andrea-It's amazing how people can take things they don't understand and turn them into something to be feared without any real basis or understanding. Still happens today, but thankfully, with less tragic outcomes usually.

Posted by Wayne Johnson, San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale (Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS®) about 6 years ago

Andrea - I think it is not amazing when people do not know. It is amazing when they know everything and still do stupid things.

Adn they do

Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) about 6 years ago

This sounds like it may be a little scary and educational too Andrea.

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366) about 6 years ago

Interesting Dean, Dean..........all I've ever heard about were the Salem witches.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) about 6 years ago

Kevin, well, I think it does have a Halloween theme, sort of. It should prove to be interesting in any case.

Wayne, we think we have come so far, but we really haven't. We may understand more of how and why things happen, we are technologically advanced, yet we can still behave the same way.

Jon, you are so right. And it is a bit disappointing that it is still relevant today.

Tom, it could be those and entertaining!

Roger, Roger, I didn't know either! But I did read recently where a group is asking the Governor of CT to pardon those who were found guilty of witchcraft way back when. He said he didn't have the power to do so. I think the Queen of England should issue the pardon. They were in charge back then, driving our bus, so to speak.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) about 6 years ago

Very interesting Andrea! And I'm sure it will be educational as well!


Posted by Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio) about 6 years ago

Sounds like a fun and informative night Andrea! Nice to see communities offer free events like these for the residents.

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 6 years ago

Andrea, that would be something that I would enjoy seeing.  I hope you get the opportunity to go

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) about 6 years ago

That sounds like a really spooky event, something that would keep me up at night thinking about.

Posted by Morgan Evans, LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) about 6 years ago
Andrea - In Salem if you were dunked in water and survived, you were considered a witch. If you died, you were exonerated.
Posted by Gail Robinson, CRS, GRI, e-PRO Fairfield County, CT (William Raveis Real Estate) about 6 years ago