“History Alive!” will continue with Joe O’Toole, executive director of the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum, as he presents “Witchcraft Trials in Colonial America” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 25 at Captain Jack’s Goodtime Tavern, 8505 Greig St., Sodus Point.
Before the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, other inhabitants of colonial America and New York were accused of practicing witchcraft. Various punishments were meted out, ranging from banishment to death. One person accused of witchcraft was Goody Elizabeth Garlick, of Easthampton on Long Island, in 1657.
This presentation will examine colonial attitudes toward witchcraft, tell the story of Garlick and other accused “witches,” and explore the reasons for the hysteria in Salem, Massachusetts.
O’Toole has researched the history of witchcraft trials in colonial America in recent years and made numerous trips to Salem.
Call (315) 483-4936 or email info@sodusbaylighthouse.org for information.