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Contrary to common assumption, New England’s first “witch” execution wasn’t in Salem. Alice Young resided in Hartford, Connecticut. She was hanged in 1647. Over the next 50 years, ten more suspected witches would meet their end in Connecticut. During 1662, nine were tried as witches. Four were convicted. Since its very first Legal Code, Connecticut listed witchcraft as a capital offense. Betraying a deep and true fear of witches from the original Connecticut Blue Laws, relate to witchcraft, and stipulate the death penalty.

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One of many reasons Hartford with some help from the State needs to push its history and get WAY more tourists to visit. Coltsville national park. Historic cemetaries in desperate need of clean up. So much potential and a bigger return for less money than was spent on the convention center... and don't hear me wrong I think the convention center was money well spent. Hartford has so much history going for it and we get so little from it, if done right historical tourism is one of this cities biggest potential upsides.

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Yeah, when I was researching Wethersfield while house shopping I came across all that history, and it made me think that a Hartford witch trail would be a good time.

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