Capitol Building, Duke of Gloucester and Blair Streets
Colonial Williamsburg , 23185
Cry Witch Description
On a dark night in the candlelit capitol building, a woman stands accused of being a witch -- her fate to be determined by children and their families. Grace Sherwood was the Witch of Pungo, accused by fellow Virginians of bewitching the crops of area farms in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Families can participate in the dramatic recreation of Sherwood's trial and help to determine her guilt or innocence by weighing the evidence brought by the court and her neighbors; their sometimes chilling testimony stirs a child's imagination.
School-Age Kids: The drama that unfolds can scare children, even some 8- and 9-year-olds. Unless your child loves to be frightened, skip this activity.
Pre-Teens & Teens: This is a perfectly chilling way to bring eighteenth century justice to life -- and into perspective -- for the skeptical preteen and teen set.
- Plan ahead. This is one of the most popular evening programs, so buy tickets well in advance if possible (the fee is in addition to Colonial Williamsburg admission). Tickets are available by calling 800-447-8679 or at the Williamsburg visitor center.
- Get in the act. Audience participation is a must -- and a blast -- for the kids, so prepare them beforehand that their voices can and should be heard.
Just the Facts
Hours: The program is offered at staggered times throughout the year; check the weekly schedule.
Recommended Time: 1 - 2 hours