Looking for something spooky to kick off the month of October? Get an early start to your Halloween festivities by attending Bewitched in Andover a series of eerie events at the Andover Historical Society. We promise you’ll have an eerily good time. The fun begins on Wednesday, October 3 with Medicine or Magic? Herbs of the Early Colonists a lecture by Betsy Williams.
The following week, join us for The Witches of Andover: Samuel Wardwell, a lecture by Enders Robinson, October 11th at 7p.m. Enders Robinson is a noted Witch Trials historian, author, and descendent of Samuel Wardwell . An accused witch, Samuel Wardwell was brought to trial in Salem. During his court examination, he confessed to being a witch by submitting a long and detailed story of his indiscretions in order to save his life. His conscience and personal courage led him to recant the story and claim innocence, knowing the risk involved. He was hanged on September 22, 1692.
During the month of October take time to visit one of the remaining sites related to Andover during the Salem Witch Trials. Ghosts of the Past: A Cemetery Tour of First Burial Ground hosted by the North Andover Historical Society will take place on October 21st at 2p.m. in North Andover.
Witchcraft was not just limited to Salem, Massachusetts. In fact, Over 50 of the people arrested were citizens of Andover. One of the leading historians on the witch trials, Dr. Emerson Baker, of Salem State will host a Tavern Night at the Andover Historical Society. Puritan New Englanders viewed taverns as a necessary evil. Travelers needed a place to stay and eat, and sessions of court were sometimes even held in them –including the early hearings in the Salem witch trials. However, they were also places where people could fall for the Devil’s temptations. Taverns provided the setting for drunkenness, lechery, gambling, idleness and even witchcraft. Dr. Baker will discuss the bewitched and debauched Quaker tavern at the center of his book, The Devil of Great Island: Witchcraft and Conflict in Early New England. Trials and Taverns with Dr. Emerson Baker will take place on Friday, October 26 at 7 p.m.
For those youngsters, A Pumpkin Patch Story Hour will take place on October 30th at 10:00 a.m. Wear costumes and attend a special Halloween story hour. Get ready to Monster Mash!
Why wait until Halloween? Participate in all of the Andover Historical Society’s Bewitched in Andover events. It will be an experience you won’t soon forget. Happy Halloween!
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