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Lecture - Witch Bottles: Countermagical Devices in Early America

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Oct 15

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    7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Witch Bottles: Countermagical Devices in Early America

Amanda Wells

Virtual lecture

Though they have almost faded into obscurity, witch bottles were, at one time, the leading folk magic devices to handle a vengeful witch or enemy. As the threat of witchcraft plagued England and witch-finders roamed East Anglia, people took it upon themselves to fight back to protect their homes and loved ones using these countermagical devices. When English colonists settled the New World, they brought these weapons with them. However, while nearly two hundred have been identified in England, only eight have been identified in the United States, including in Maryland and Virginia. Join us to see how these bottles could stop a witch from harming you to your family and their connection to Early America and, more specifically, the Hampton Roads area.

About the speaker:
Amanda Wells is a George Mason University graduate with a passion for history. In 2013, her dedication to protecting Prince William County’s history through historic preservation work led to the entry of her name into the Congressional Record. While serving as the Curatorial Assistant with the Virginia Beach History Museums for over six years, she first learned about witch bottles, sparking her interest in a topic that is slowly gaining popularity as more bottles are unearthed.

Lecture - Witch Bottles: Countermagical Devices in Early America