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Folklife: The Ghostly Legend of Wicked John and the Devil

Storytelling has been a long-standing deep-rooted tradition with Appalachian families.  The pioneers of Appalachia developed an elaborate structure of folklore combined with various tales that were passed on orally from one generation to the next.  These oral histories were told to ensure the preservation of their community.

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Phoebe Ward: The Mysterious Hag Witch of Northampton County

The legend of Phoebe Ward, the hag witch of Northampton County, North Carolina, became widely known when her story was brought to the big stage in Elizabeth A. Lay’s folk superstition drama When Witches Ride. This native folk play was one of the first productions presented by the Carolina Playmakers in 1922.

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The Magic of Words: North Carolina’s First Witch Trial


IGNORAMOUS:  That’s the all-caps, bolded word scrawled across the verdict of North Carolina’s first witch trial.

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