11th Annual Thames River Cruise
October 17 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Join us on this year’s cruise as we welcome State Historian Walt Woodward. Professor Woodward is discussing the witch hunts and trials in Colonial Connecticut, and the role of New London’s founder John Winthrop Jr.
Once again our cruise is on the Jessica W, and will depart the pier at 1pm. Boarding will commence at 12:30. There will be a wine tasting, and a craft corner for kids. Some light fare will be served, however the ferry concessions will be open for the trip. The Jessica W returns to cross sound ferry pier at 3pm. Purchase tickets below by clicking on the ticket type.
The Connecticut Witch Trials, also sometimes referred to as the Hartford witch trials, occurred from 1647 to 1663. They were the first large-scale witch trials in the American colonies, predating the Salem Witch Trials by nearly thirty years. John M. Taylor lists a total of 37 total cases, 11 of which resulted in executions. The execution of Alse Young of Windsor in the spring of 1647 was the beginning of the witch panic in the area, which would not come to an end until 1670 with the release of Katherine Harrison