Wethersfield, CT was founded in 1822 and is the setting of the childhood tale The Witch of Blackbird Pond (1959 Newbury Medal Winner) where Kit Tyler struggles to adjust to the strict Puritan culture of 1687.
Most know about Salem, but the first confession of witchcraft in the colonies actually took place in Wethersfield (Mary Johnson 1648) and was the first of its kind. Mirroring the novel, the real life “witches” were victims of the superstition, greed, and ignorance of their neighbors.
If this story features prominently in your childhood reading memories, you’ll definitely appreciate this destination. Visit the Wethersfield Public Library and check out their map showing the corresponding locations from the book.
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