Witch of Hampton Legend
Witch of Hampton Legend is a legend based in Hampton, NH.
Eunice "Goody" Cole was
said to be New Hampshire's
only convicted witch.
The Legend of Goody Cole goes like this:
Goody Cole was put on trial for being a
witch and convicted in 1656. The mid 1600's was an era when many witches
were being accused of being a witch, was at the time was against the
law, punishable by death.
Goody Cole was imprisoned in a Boston prison
and her property
taken by the town of Hampton New Hampshire. The town sold her property
and used the money from the sale to pay for her imprisonment in Boston
After her release from the Boston prison
she was near the end of her life. The people of Hampton NH gave Goody
Cole a place to live, a small hut like building in the center of Hampton
where she died a lonely death in 1662. Some legends claim that Goody Cole was
thrown from a cliff, though this was never verified.
Goody Cole had been blamed for many major
disasters, including a shipwreck that people believed Goody used her
witchcraft to sink the ship that killed eight residents of Hampton.
Goody was exonerated from her crimes in 1938.
Her headstone sits outside the Tuck Museum in Hampton NH to remember
As it turned out, after Goody Cole died it
was discovered that she was never the witch that she was accused of
Between the years of 1939 and 1963, the town of
Hampton NH saw a mystery woman roaming around
town. An old woman with blue eyes and grey
hair would wander around town asking people
where Goody’s memorial was. A police
officer saw the old woman wandering around a
cemetery reading the words on the stones.
He asked her what she was doing and she stated
she was walking around as she had been doing for
hundreds of years. When he went to shine
his flashlight on her, she was gone. Other
townspeople claim they have seen the woman walk
through closed doors.
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Hampshire Legends, Mysteries and Folklore