State Historian Walter Woodward

to Speak at October meeting of

The Friends of Fort Trumbull














Most people think of Salem, Massachusetts when they think of witchcraft and

witchcraft trials. However, Walter W. Woodward, Connecticutís State Historian

will appear at the Friends of Fort Trumbull on Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 7

p.m. to discuss New Englandís Other Witch Hunt, John Winthrop, Jr., Alchemy and

the Conn. Witch Hunts of the 1660ís. The early 17th century was a time when

Connecticut was New Englandís most zealous prosecutor of witchcraft. Not only

did the state conduct the first witch hanging in New England, but they also

executed seven people for that crime.


Mr. Woodward, who was appointed Connecticutís third State Historian in 2004,

will discuss John Winthrop, Jr., who founded New London, and also served as the

governor of Connecticut. In discussing his latest book, Prosperoís America: John

Winthrop, Jr., Alchemy and the Creation of New Englandís Culture 1606-1676,

Woodward has said that Winthrop was ďarguably the most important figure in

Connecticut in the 1600sĒ He was the most sought after physician in new England,

and was instrumental in steering the state from being the fiercest prosecutor of

witches to abolishing the execution of witches in 1663, decades before Salem,

Massachusetts. Most people know that alchemy was a magical quest to turn lead

into gold. However, Woodward has said that alchemy was ďan important

contributing factor in the development of modern chemistry and experimental

science. Winthropís effort to found a NEW London was an attempt to create an

outpost of scientific research in the wilderness.Ē


The meeting is open to the public with free parking inside the main gate to the

Fort. New members are always welcome.