Author and historian Richard Ross III led guided tours of the Ancient Burying Ground on October 22. Participants heard the stories of the individuals connected to the 17th century Hartford Witch Trials. Ross also wrote the content for the brochure CT Colony: 17th century Witchcraft Trials.
Ross is the author of Before Salem: Witch Hunting in the CT River Valley, 1647-1663. This history examines the outbreak of witch hysteria in the Valley, focusing on accusations of demonic possession, apotropaic magic and the role of the clergy. Although the hysteria was eventually quelled by a progressive magistrate unwilling to try witches, accounts of the trials later influenced contemporary writers during the Salem witch hunts. Amazon.com